Rush University

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Rush University is a unique, medical education institution housed in the dynamic Rush University Medical Center of Chicago, Illinois. The Rush University Medical Center encompasses a roughly 670-bed hospital serving adults and children, including the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center for individuals with short-and long-term disabilities. Rush University offers more than 30 unique degree or certificate programs, including medicine, nursing, allied health and biomedical research. It is home to four separate colleges; Rush Medical College; Rush University College of Nursing; Rush University College of Health Science; and the Rush University Graduate College.

Rush University College of Nursing offers Master’s (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science, as well as Postgraduate Non-Degree Certificate options. Over seventy-five percent of the Rush University College of Nursing faculty members are doctorate holders and many are Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Rush University College of Health Sciences offers a wide choice of programs with 21 degrees and certificate options, spanning 14 professional areas. Rush University Graduate College offers 12 master’s and doctoral degree options.

Founded in 1837, the medical education at Rush University is well-known for being focused on “real-world” applications of medical procedures through a practitioner-teacher model. A low student-to-faculty ratio ensures that students receive the academic attention they need to succeed. Students at Rush benefit from the translational research being done at the school along with a nurturing academic environment. The school pays special attention to community needs and global health.


The most recent edition of U.S. News and World Report reported that Rush University is one of the top-ranked institutions with an exclusive focus on heath science. The same report also ranked the College of Nursing 15th in the nation among over 460 nursing graduate programs.

Rush Medical College was among the 75 best M.D. medical schools, and among the ten best medical schools with low acceptance rates as well in these same rankings. Students in the medical college participate in a four-year Doctor of Medicine program: two years focused on pre-clinical, in-class studies, and two years of clinical work. Rather than receiving letter grades, students are given high pass, pass, fail, and honors ratings.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student financial assistance can come in many forms, though most assistance at the graduate/professional level should be expected to be in the form of student loans.

Types of Aid

  • 1. Grants & Scholarships – “Free money” that isn’t required to be repaid. These funds are awarded based on financial need, merit, academics, or some combination of these criteria. These include merit and need-based scholarships and grants, Pell Grants, Illinois scholarship programs for certain degrees, and Illinois MAP Grants.
  • 2. Student Loans – Money that is borrowed from some source that must be repaid over time, typically with interest. These loans include Federal Direct Stafford loans, Federal Perkins loans, loan programs offered through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for students in specific academic areas, and PLUS Loans.
  • 3. Work – Earnings for performing some type of service to an organization. Rush University also participates in the federal work-study program, which offers students the opportunity to earn an hourly wage for working at a specified on- or off-campus job.

Each of these types of assistance can come from a variety of sources. In general, your application for financial assistance at Rush University requires a single application for all of these programs.


Apartment-style student housing is available. Located on Harrison Street across from Rush University, housing consists of over 280 spaces available as studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. All units are unfurnished, carpeted, have individually controlled heating and air conditioning, modern appliances and bathtubs with showers. There are a limited number of furnished one-bedroom apartments that are perfect for students who may be coming to Rush University from a distance. Two-bedroom apartments have one and one-half baths. Electric and heating are not included in the cost of rent.


Rush University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association.

General Information

Admission Office
College Admissions
600 South Paulina Street, Suite 440
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-7100
Fax: (312) 942-2219
Main Address
600 South Paulina Street, Suite 440
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-7100
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,000
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s (College of Health Science)
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Online application fee: Varies based on college
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 13.9%

College Majors

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Rush Medical College

  • Doctor of Medicine (D)

Rush University College of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree

  • Direct Entry Master’s for Non-Nurses: Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program (M)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for RNs (M)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN/MSN – DNP) Degree: Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Options

  • Adult-Gerontology – Acute Care (D)
  • Adult-Gerontology – Primary Care (D)
  • Anesthesia (CRNA) (D)
  • Advanced Public Health Nurse (D)
  • Family (D)
  • Neonatal (D)
  • Pediatric – Acute Care (D)
  • Pediatric – Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (D)
  • Psychiatric – Mental Health (D)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN-DNP) Leadership Tracks

  • Systems Leadership (D)
  • Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes (D)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science (BSN-PhD and MS-PhD) (D)

Rush University College of Health Science

  • Health Sciences (B)
  • Imaging Sciences (B)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (B)
  • Perfusion Technology (B)
  • Respiratory Care (B)
  • Vascular Ultrasound (B)
  • Clinical Laboratory Management (M)
  • Clinical Nutrition (M)
  • Health Systems Management (M)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (M)
  • Occupational Therapy (M)
  • Perfusion Technology (M)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M)
  • Research Administration (M)
  • Respiratory Care (M)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (M)
  • Audiology (D)
  • Health Sciences (D)

Rush University Graduate College

  • Anatomy and Cell Biology (M)
  • Biochemistry (M)
  • Biomechanics (M)
  • Biotechnology (M)
  • Clinical Research (M)
  • Immunology/Microbiology (M)
  • Pharmacology (M)
  • Medical Physics(M)
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology (D)
  • Biochemistry (D)
  • Biomechanics (D)
  • Immunology/Microbiology (D)
  • Molecular Biophysics and Physiology (D)
  • Neuroscience (D)
  • Pharmacology (D)
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

  • A = Associate degree
  • B = Bachelor’s degree
  • C = Certificate or diploma
  • D = Doctoral programs
  • M = Master’s degree
  • PhD = Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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