Rush University College of Nursing

  • IL

About Us

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 175 years. Founded in 1972, the University includes the College of Nursing, Rush Medical College, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. Rush University Medical Center provides a rich environment where students of nursing, medicine, graduate studies and allied health sciences live and learn in an interdisciplinary and dynamic setting. In this environment, the College of Nursing is uniquely situated to focus on advancing the quality of patient care and nursing practice.

The education and preparation of students to meet the health needs of a culturally diverse society is facilitated at Rush by the integration of academic, research and clinical practice components. Rush students have the advantage of attending a private university that is a vital part of a nationally recognized academic medical center. This unique integration stimulates excellence in education, practice, scholarly activities and professional leadership by the faculty and the graduates of the College of Nursing.

It is this overriding and consistent academic clinical focus that drives the outstanding national reputation of the college; in 2014 Rush College of Nursing was rated 15th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report in a national survey of nursing schools with graduate programs. Six advanced practice specialty programs were rated in the top 10. Through our carefully designed programs, students experience the Rush commitment to clinical scholarship and the art of nursing in action.

Rush’s culture of inclusion (link to video) and commitment to service make it the preferred educational choice for students who wish to excel, lead and help populations and communities achieve improved health care outcomes.

Degree options include:

Masters of Science in Nursing

  • Direct Entry Master's (MSN) for Non-Nurses: Generalist Entry Master's (GEM) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program
  • MSN For RNs: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

BSN/MSN - DNP with Specialty Certification Options*

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
    • Adult-Gerontology (primary and acute care options)
    • Family
    • Neonatal
    • Pediatric (primary and acute care options)
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
    • Adult-Gerontology (primary and acute care options)
    • Neonatal
    • Pediatric (primary and acute care options)
  • Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)
  • Advanced Public Health Nursing (online)

MSN – DNP Leadership Tracks – Online

  • Enhancing Population Health Outcomes
  • Systems Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (BSN/MS - PhD) – Online

Post-Graduate Non-Degree Certificates*

RN First Assistant Course Series - Online

*Online coursework available; some programs may be taken entirely online.