Rush University

Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, a leader in health care in Chicago and in the Midwest for more than 170 years. To learn more about the University, click on the "More" link.

Our Mission

The mission of Rush University College of Nursing is to protect the health of the public through the preparation of the future leaders in nursing practice, education and research. 

Accreditation

The Rush University College of Nursing was re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2009. The College was accredited for ten years through 2019, the maximum granted by CCNE.

Educational Offerings

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The direct entry master's (MSN) for non-nurses: generalist entry master's (GEM) clinical nurse leader (CNL) program at Rush University College of Nursing comprehensively prepares students, in a two-year full-time curriculum, to be a graduate (MSN) registered nurse (RN) clinician with a focus in clinical leadership. Graduates are prepared to function at a high level in inpatient, out-patient and community settings. This program is for students who already have a bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing.

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) clinical nurse leader (CNL) is responsible for clinical management of comprehensive client care, for individuals and clinical populations across the continuum of care, and in multiple settings. The CNL assumes leadership/accountability for health outcomes for a specific group of clients within a unit or setting through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement and evaluate plans of care. The clinical nurse leader is also responsible for the coordination and planning of care team activities and functions. Health promotion, risk reduction and improvement in point-of-care outcomes are critical elements in the role of the clinical nurse leader.

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Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of nursing theory and research, critical decision-making, differential diagnosis, patient/case management and advanced technical skills .
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Adult
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program prepares graduates to function as advanced practice nurses in adult critical care and acute care settings as well in specialty practices. The emphasis of the program is on clinical practice with acutely or critically-ill adults across the lifespan, from adolescent to older adult. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of nursing theory and research, critical decision-making, differential diagnosis, patient/case management and advanced technical skills.
The changing demands of the nation's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. The BSN/MSN - DNP with specialty certification curriculum builds on traditional clinical master's programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership and other content areas that will lead to improved clinical outcomes in complex systems.

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Adult
Choosing to prepare as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) at Rush is very rewarding as it provides you with a depth and breadth of knowledge that will serve you well for the rest of your career. With this educational preparation and background students may choose to specialize in pediatrics, women's health, or adult internal medicine. Students may also choose to continue the broad based perspective and continue in family practice with a family practice approach. We prepare students so that they can function in a primary care/community based setting. Also, since many students would ultimately like to teach in an FNP program, we can individualize an experience in the area of teaching and education.

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Adult
The postgraduate certificate in the adult-gerontology nursing programs prepares graduates to function as adult and gerontology primary care nurse practitioners. The emphasis of the program is on clinical practice with healthy and frail adults and older adults that prepares advanced practice nurses to function autonomously across the spectrum of health care in a variety of settings. The focus of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program is the management of common health problems experienced by adults and older adults with an emphasis on physical and multidimensional functional assessment.

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Adult
The direct entry master's (MSN) for non-nurses: generalist entry master's (GEM) clinical nurse leader (CNL) program at Rush University College of Nursing comprehensively prepares students, in a two-year full-time curriculum, to be a graduate (MSN) registered nurse (RN) clinician with a focus in clinical leadership. Graduates are prepared to function at a high level in inpatient, out-patient and community settings. This program is for students who already have a bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing.

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Develop knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and apply their learning to the care of children from infancy through young adulthood with the spectrum of health from promotion of wellness to management of acute and chronic illness.
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Face-to-Face - Certificate
Adult
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pediatric primary care nurse practitioner (PC PNP) program prepares graduates to obtain certification and function as pediatric nurse practitioners in a variety of primary care settings. The central focus is on clinical practice where students develop knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and apply their learning to the care of children from infancy through young adulthood with the spectrum of health from promotion of wellness to management of acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is placed on the development of practitioners who will be prepared to function in a variety of settings.
The changing demands of the nation's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. The BSN/MSN - DNP with specialty certification curriculum builds on traditional clinical master's programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership and other content areas that will lead to improved clinical outcomes in complex systems.

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Develop knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and apply their learning to the treatment of psychiatric disorders within individuals, families and groups.
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Face-to-Face - Certificate
Adult
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online PMHNP program prepares graduates to function as psychiatric nurse practitioners. The central focus is on clinical practice where students develop knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and apply their learning to the treatment of psychiatric disorders within individuals, families and groups. Emphasis is placed on the development of practitioners who will be prepared to function autonomously in a variety of clinical settings.
The changing demands of the nation's complex health care environment require that nurses serving in specialty positions have the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible. The BSN/MSN - DNP with specialty certification curriculum builds on traditional clinical master's programs by providing additional education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems leadership and other content areas that will lead to improved clinical outcomes in complex systems.

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
The DNP program in systems leadership is designed for master's-prepared nurses with demonstrated or potential leadership ability who's desire to enhance their skills in outcomes management, incorporating data into decision making, and affecting health care policy. The DNP student may already be in a management position or desire to advance to a leadership role. Applicants are not required to be certified in a clinical specialty.
The DNP in systems leadership is for students who wish to:
  1. Gain expertise in outcomes improvement and leading change at a systems level.
  2. Expand their knowledge of systems level leadership and apply those principles to macro system/organizational change.
  3. Expand their leadership responsibilities as faculty leaders who want to design and implement new educational programs or support services.

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Competencies

  • Health & Health Care: Nursing
  • Health & Health Care: Certification & Licensure
  • Health & Health Care: Child Health

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