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College of Nursing Rush University

  • Chicago, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 90%10%
    student ratio
  • 835
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Superior Education at Rush University College of Nursing

According to "U.S. News and World Report," the College of Nursing at Rush University ranks within the top 15 graduate nursing schools in the nation. In addition, 6 of the college's nursing specialties rank within the top 10 programs.

The college provides cutting-edge programs that integrate research, teaching, and clinical practice, and it maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio. Thus, students receive excellent training including personalized attention from their teachers.

Full-time and part-time formats, efficient program lengths, online programs, and competitive tuition also make the College of Nursing an excellent choice for graduate nursing education.

Online Nursing Programs at Rush University

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs include "Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner," "Adult-Gerontology Primary Care - Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist," and "Advanced Public Health Nursing."

Additional online D.N.P. programs are "Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist," "Neonatal Nurse Practitioner," "Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist," "Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner," and "Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner." Furthermore, D.N.P. programs in "Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes" and "Systems Leadership" are also offered online.

Other online programs include the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science program, the Master of Science for R.N.s - Clinical Nurse Leader program, and the R.N. First Assistant Course Series programs.

The Generalist Entry Master's Clinical Nurse Leader Program

The Generalist Entry Master's (GEM) Clinical Nurse Leader program provides direct entry into the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree program for non-nurses. A comprehensive overview of the major medical specialties covers a variety of health care settings and prepares students for licensure as registered nurses. It also allows for smooth transition into D.N.P. and Ph.D. programs.

The program's 74-credit curriculum can be completed in 2 years of full-time study. It includes clinical immersion, a capstone project, and a comprehensive exam.

M.S.N. for R.N.s - Clinical Nurse Leader Program

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program with a concentration in clinical nurse leader trains students to manage client care for individuals and clinical populations throughout the continuum of care. The program, which can be completed online in 2 years of part-time study, emphasizes health promotion, risk reduction, planning and coordinating of team functions, and point-of-care outcomes.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs - Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia

The College of Nursing at Rush University offers several B.S.N. to D.N.P. and M.S.N. to D.N.P. programs in the nurse practitioner specialty. Students acquire in-depth knowledge of nursing theory and research, decision-making skills, diagnosis and treatment experience, patient/case management skills, and advanced technical skills.

Nurse practitioner specialties include adult-gerontology - acute care, adult-gerontology - primary care, family, and neonatal. Other specialties include pediatric - acute care, pediatric - primary care nurse practitioner, and psychiatric - mental health.

The college also offers a D.N.P. degree program in the nurse anesthesia concentration that consists of a rigorous academic curriculum and comprehensive clinical education.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs - Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Public Health Nursing

The College of Nursing has B.S.N. to D.N.P. and M.S.N. to D.N.P. programs in the clinical nurse specialist concentration that center around clinical expertise, consultation, education, and research. Specialty areas include adult-gerontology, adult-gerontology -acute care, neonatal, and pediatric.

It also has a D.N.P. concentration in advanced public health nursing that emphasizes health promotion, primary prevention, and program management for at risk populations.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-master's D.N.P.) Leadership Tracks

The D.N.P. program also includes tracks in systems leadership and leadership to enhance population health outcomes. The systems leadership track provides students with training in outcomes management, incorporating data into decision making, and affecting health care policy.

Students in the leadership to enhance population health outcomes track acquire population-based knowledge and skills that enhance clinical health outcomes for diverse patient populations and communities.

Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Nursing Science

The Rush University College of Nursing also offers Doctor of Philosophy programs.

The Master's to Ph.D. program trains students to become outstanding clinical researchers, leaders in academia, and professionals who influence health care policy and systems. Individuals who are not nurses but hold graduate degrees in health-related fields are also considered for admission to the program.

The B.S.N. to Ph.D. program trains baccalaureate-prepared nurses for careers in research and education. Its curriculum includes foundational graduate content, substantive science coursework, and content related to clinical experience.

Post-Graduate, Non-Degree Certificate Options

Nurses who have M.S.N. or D.N.P. degrees and want to specialize in other clinical areas can earn post-graduate, non-degree certificates.

Specialties include adult-gerontology - primary care, neonatal, pediatric - acute care, pediatric - primary care, and psychiatric/mental health.

Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) Course Series

The RNFA, which is offered online, consists of 2 courses that train registered nurses for more extensive roles in operating rooms.

The didactic course provides fundamental knowledge and clinical experience. The practicum course consists of 120 clock hours of clinical practice with a surgeon preceptor.

Distinguished Faculty

Faculty members in the College of Nursing are excellent teachers, practitioners, and researchers. Over 75% of them have doctoral degrees and many of them are Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing.

Professor Susan Weber Buchholz in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing is also an adult nurse practitioner at a clinic that serves uninsured adults. Her research, which focuses on increasing physical activity among uninsured women, has been published in several scholarly journals.

Research in the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing supports research that examines the health needs of a diverse population and explores avenues for eliminating health disparities. Faculty members lead a range of multidisciplinary studies funded by Rush University, private organizations, and government agencies.

Rush University

Rush University is the academic division of Rush University Medical Center, 1 of the top hospitals in the nation. It offers more than 30 innovative programs in medicine, nursing, allied health, and biomedical research.

Rush U is located in Chicago, Illinois, in the Midwestern region of the United States. This vibrant city has many cultural, entertainment, and employment opportunities.

Location & Contact

College of Nursing

Rush University

600 South Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60612
United States

Dr. Marquis Foreman

Acting Dean

Phone: 312-942-7117
Fax: 312-942-3043

Miss Jennifer Thorndyke

Admissions Specialist for the College of Nursing

Phone: 312-563-7526

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate
      Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 592
    • Doctoral Degrees 62
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 41
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 770
    • Accepted 531
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 461
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 2nd Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline October 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline August 4th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.25 or greater, nursing GPA is 3.0 or greater, or completed graduate program GPA is 3.5 or greater), interview, 3 letters of recommendation, and personal statement, current resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test (for DNP in nurse anesthesia and PhD; waived for DNP if cumulative GPA is 3.25 or greater, nursing GPA is 3.0 or greater, or a completed graduate program GPA is 3.5 or greater), interview, 3 letters of recommendation, and personal statement, current resume
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesMSN in a clinical discipline, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, and current resume, interview
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students835
    • Female Percentage90%
    • Male Percentage10%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students835
    • Part-time Percentage67%
    • Full-time Percentage33%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty127
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage91%
    • Male Percentage9%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPhysical activity adherence in African-American women; reduction of health disparities; evidence-based interventions for caregivers; benefit of human milk feedings for low birth weight infants; patient-centered quality assessment of psychiatric inpatient environments
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$3,807,117



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