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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Rush University

Rush University Seal and 50th Anniversary

The Rush University seal is a shield, a classic Greek symbol of preservation and protection and also a medieval British  emblem used for identification. It recognizes the University’s overarching commitment to educating health care professionals who preserve life and protect patients, and it is the distinguishing identification of Rush University. Its two colors, green and gold, merge the tradition of the past with the custom of the present, as old gold was the single historical color of Rush Medical  College and green is used for the modern Medical Center.

The motto, “ministrare per scientiam,” translated from Latin means to “minister (care for or serve) through scientific  knowledge.” It was adopted by the Board of Trustees in September 1993 to reflect the commitment to educate caring  professionals whose practice is based in knowledge. The shadow in the background is the anchor cross, a symbol of hope  and steadfastness, which became the emblem of the merged Presbyterian and St. Luke’s hospitals in 1957 and the foundation that created the vision for Rush University.

Superimposed on top is the stylized version of the anchor cross that was adopted in 1971 during the merger of Rush Medical College and Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital. The final elements are Chicago, the University’s home city, and the date of the  University’s founding, 1972. The Rush University Board of Overseers adopted the seal in 1999.

Rush University commemorates its 50th Anniversary with the new RU50 logo beside the official Rush University Seal. With deep roots in Chicago and a rich tradition of service, the University has continually evolved, raising the standard of education to better serve our community and improve health. We look forward to an exciting new era of growth, building on our legacy of innovation to help the next generation of health care leaders thrive.

Rush University Medical Center 


The mission of Rush is to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities we serve through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.   


Rush will be the leading academic health system in the region and nationally recognized for transforming health care.

Core Values







These five values, known as our I CARE values, convey the philosophy behind every decision Rush employees make. Rush employees also commit themselves to executing these values with compassion. This translates into a dedication-shared by all members of the Rush community-to providing the highest quality patient care.

History of Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center is one of Chicago’s oldest health care organizations. Its heritage extends back to 1837, when Rush Medical College was established. St. Luke’s Hospital, founded in 1864, and Presbyterian Hospital, founded in 1883, merged in 1956 to form Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital. The subsequent incorporation of these pioneer institutions in 1969 created Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, which was renamed Rush University Medical Center in 2003.

Rush is an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Educating Future Health Care Providers

Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research. In addition, the Medical Center offers many highly selective residency and fellowship programs in medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Rush’s unique practitioner-teacher model for health sciences education and research gives students the opportunity to learn from world-renowned instructors who practice what they teach.

Welcome to Rush University

Dear Students:

 Welcome to Rush! Rush University is a health science university - and includes the College of Nursing, the Graduate College, the College of Health Sciences and Rush Medical College. You’re now part of a student body of nearly 3,000 students. Rush also trains nearly 800 residents and fellows in a wide variety of Graduate Medical Education programs.  Education and training are not limited to these programs. You are entering fields that require a commitment to lifelong learning. Our faculty will both model and demonstrate how important this commitment is for your own effectiveness and professional satisfaction. You will love it.

The mission of Rush University is to champion a learning environment in health and biomedical sciences through collaboration, education, research and equity for our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. Your classroom will extend from the lecture halls and small group meeting places of our university buildings to the labs of our research buildings, the wards of the three hospitals of Rush University System for Health, our extensive ambulatory sites and, importantly, into our neighboring communities where we develop and partner on health improvement strategies. We also offer national and international opportunities for professional growth and our online instruction is nationally recognized for excellence.

At Rush University, we believe that the best teachers are often the ones who are actually doing the work - whether it is research, clinical care, administrative work or work in our community. You will learn from many who model this teacher-practitioner approach and learn from one another as we will also learn from you.

We take our responsibilities to educate you very seriously. Learning the science - whether in the lab, the classroom or the bedside - is only part of it. Interacting with patients and colleagues and learning how to be part of a team are critically important skill sets that we will work on together. Individual support of others, be they patients or colleagues, and understanding our own personal health needs and your own need for support are also important parts of your professional development.

Finally, your work here, our work as a university, a medical center and system as a whole - none of this exists in a vacuum. We are part of a community and part of a history. Inequities in health care have to be identified if they are to be corrected. Students play an important role in our efforts inside Rush and in our community to identify and correct these inequities.

You are about to begin an adventure in learning that will never end and will be constantly rewarding. We, your faculty, are looking forward to meeting and working with you. Never hesitate to call on any of us for anything. Our mission statement was mentioned above, but it could be shortened to “We’re here for you.” 

Congratulations and welcome,

Larry Goodman, MD 

Interim President, Rush University

Rush University Mission, Vision and Values


Rush University champions a learning environment in health and biomedical sciences through collaboration, education, research and equity for our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve.


Rush University is a model for improving health through innovative research and transformative education in a culture of excellence and equity.

Core Values

As the academic component of Rush University Medical Center, the University shares the Medical Center’s core values: innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence. The I CARE values guide the efforts of Rush University students, faculty, researchers and staff.

History of Rush University

Rush University is the academic component of Rush University Medical Center. Founded in 1972, the University has expanded from one college and fewer than 100 students to four colleges and more than 2,700 students. It includes Rush Medical College, Rush University College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College.

Rush Medical College is named for Benjamin Rush, a physician from Pennsylvania, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Rush Medical College was chartered in 1837 and opened officially on Dec. 4, 1843, with 22 students enrolled in a 16-week course. During the first century of operation, more than 10,000 physicians received their training at Rush Medical College.

Rush Medical College was affiliated with the University of Chicago from 1898 until 1942, when the medical college temporarily suspended its educational program, though it continued its corporate existence. Its faculty continued undergraduate and graduate teaching of medicine and the biological sciences as members of the faculty of the University of Illinois. The charter of the medical college was reactivated in 1969, when it became part of the Medical Center. Rush Medical College reopened in 1971 with a class of 66 first-year students and 33 third-year students. First-year class size reached its projected maximum of 120 in 1976.

Rush University College of Nursing represents a combined heritage dating back to the late 19th century when its first antecedent, the St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, opened in 1885 to offer diploma education to nurses. In 1903, the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing accepted its first students. From 1956 to 1968, nurses were taught at the merged Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. Before the establishment of the College of Nursing in 1972, more than 7,000 nurses had graduated from these three schools.

The College of Health Sciences, established in 1975, traces its origins to the School of Medical Technology sponsored by Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital from 1959 to 1972. This school was the second largest of its kind in the city of Chicago. During its operation, it provided a one-year professional internship program to more than 200 baccalaureate students in medical technology. Today the College of Health Sciences offers doctoral programs in audiology and health sciences, 10 programs at the master’s level, and bachelor’s programs in health sciences, imaging sciences and vascular ultrasound technology.

The Graduate College was established as a separate academic unit in January 1981, having previously been organized as the Graduate School within the College of Health Sciences. The Graduate College is responsible for educational efforts in the basic sciences and offers three master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree program.

Student Characteristics

Statistics below are based on fall 2020 enrollment figures.

Fall 2021 Enrollment
Rush Medical College 293    291   584
College of Nursing 151 1,113 1,264
College of Health Sciences


   677   839
The Graduate College   66     101   167
Non-Degree Seeking   6     29     35
Grand Total     2,889
Students by Race and Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native      1
Asian   350
Black or African American   245
Hispanic   378
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders      0
White 1,729
Two or More Races    53
Unknown  133
Total 2,889
Student Financial Aid Data %
Title IV Aid Recipients (total student body): 50%
Pell Grant Recipients (undergraduates only): 39%

University Offices

Office of the Provost

The provost is the chief operating officer of the University, committed to advancing our mission through outstanding health sciences education and impactful research in a culture of inclusion, health promotion and diversity, while upholding the University core values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence.

Responsible for strategic planning and execution, the provost provides leadership for core University functions and creates pathways for achieving goals for the academy. One of these goals is the financial well-being of the University, which is tied into the role of the chief finance and business officer, responsible not only for the financial stability of the organization but also ensuring the availability of resources to achieve the mission. The provost works with the finance officer to craft strategic business alliances to enhance the opportunities for learning available to our students.  

In addition, the provost works with four vice provosts accountable for student affairs, academic affairs, faculty affairs and research affairs.

The vice provost of student affairs is the chief student affairs officer and oversees the student experience. This includes leadership for the administration, development, assessment and enhancement of student services, consistent with the University’s mission and goals. The vice provost of student affairs is responsible for the following areas: student life activities, enrollment management, student diversity, records and registration, student financial aid, international students, disability services, title IX, health insurance and university facilities. The student affairs office is designed to help you navigate through the complexities of being a student and will always have your success and wellness in mind.

The vice provost for academic affairs supports the academic programs of Rush University and assures that the University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and other accreditation bodies that oversee and regulate our academic programs. The vice provost for academic affairs works with the provost and deans in providing leadership for colleges, academic departments and academic degree programs. Academic affairs advances the University’s academic priorities, supports interprofessional and cross-college educational initiatives, coordinates development and assessment of academic programs and curricula, identifies and implements effective teaching strategies and technologies, and supports faculty with assessment of student learning outcomes. In addition to assuring institutional effectiveness, the vice provost of academic affairs oversees the University library, the Center for Academic Excellence, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, the Simulation Center, Interprofessional Education and the anatomy lab.

The vice provost for faculty affairs works with each college in support of our high-quality faculty so that every opportunity is available to our students for a superb learning experience. Faculty affairs offers a full range of support for faculty by providing faculty development and mentoring, faculty recruitment, onboarding, promotions and retention, while advancing diversity. In addition to faculty management, the vice provost of faculty affairs oversees Global Health, and the Center for Innovative LifeLong Learning (CILL), a new center at Rush developed to provide seamless continuing education for all health disciplines and enable the many learning modalities and topics needed for licensing and license renewals. Familiarity with CILL will help maintain your commitment to lifelong learning and your connection to Rush after you graduate and join the ranks of Rush alumni.

The vice provost for research is responsible for the oversight and integrity of all research performed, reported and published from Rush University. The vice provost for research serves as the organizational officer, linking the research enterprise and University to NIH. The vice provost oversees laboratory research, clinical trials and translational research, the Office of Research Affairs, grants administration, team science, community research and large collaborative grant efforts. The strong research administration at Rush provides students with limitless possibilities for success in research-related health care fields and affords opportunities to explore research as a career path.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar supports the academic mission of the University by facilitating the transition of students from matriculation to degree completion; creating, interpreting and enforcing academic and administrative policies and procedures; overseeing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA); scheduling all classroom space in the Armour Academic Center and academic testing in the Triangle Office Building; fulfilling transcript and credentialing/licensing requests; and providing accessible, reliable, responsive and courteous personal services and support that meet the diverse needs of the University’s students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni. More information about the Office of the Registrar is available at www.rushu.rush.edu/registrar.

Alumni Relations

The Office of Alumni Relations is located in the Rush East Building, Suite 300, at 1201 W. Harrison St. Though the legacy of a Rush education dates back to 1837, Rush University is a relatively young institution. Since the University’s inception in 1972, it has conferred more than 20,000 degrees in the health professions. The Office of Alumni Relations provides channels for the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, the Graduate College and Rush Medical College, as well as our predecessor school alumni and former Medical Center house staff to stay connected to Rush as follows:

  • Remain informed of current developments at the University and Medical Center
  • Develop an active interest in and involvement with their alma mater
  • Maintain contact with fellow alumni and faculty
  • Take advantage of continuing education opportunities offered through Rush University
  • Respond positively through both financial and philosophical support
  • Promote and perpetuate the high standards of excellence in patient care, education and scientific    advancement consistent with the objectives of Rush University Medical Center
  • Enhance the student experience by making a gift

At this time, the following formally organized active alumni associations exist for Rush University graduates:

  • The Rush Medical College Alumni Association
  • The Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association

For more information concerning Rush University alumni associations, programs and events, visit the alumni webpage at www.rushu.rush.edu/alumni or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@rush.edu.

Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE)

Rush University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides leadership and support in the area of institutional research, accreditation, academic planning, assessment and regulatory mandates.

The OIE fulfills its mission in the following ways:

  • Provides comprehensive information to support institutional planning, policy formation, decision-making and evaluation of effectiveness
  • Coordinates responses to external accountability mandates and a wide range of internal and external requests for information about the university
  • Provides guidance and coordination support for campus-wide and unit-level assessment of academic programs and administrative processes to support the university’s quality improvement efforts
  • Guides and facilitates the process of reaffirmation of accreditation and substantive change reporting
  • Provides evidence of institutional effectiveness

Accreditation, Authorization and Licenses


Rush University

All Programs

Higher Learning Commission

230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604

(800) 621-7440



Illinois Board of Higher Education

1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333

Springfield, IL 62701

(217) 782-2551


Illinois Board of Higher Education has authorized all degree programs offered through Rush University.

Rush Medical College

Medicine, MD

Liaison Committee on Medical Education 

655 K St. NW, Suite 100

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 828-0596



College of Nursing

Nursing (MSN, DNP, Post-Graduate Certificate)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

655 K St. NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 887-6791



Nurse Anesthesia, DNP

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Ave.

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 655-1160



College of Health Sciences

Audiology (AuD);

Speech-Language Pathology (MS)


The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2200 Research Blvd., Suite 310

Rockville, MD 20850

(800) 498-2071



Blood Bank Technology (certificate)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709

Seminole, FL 33775

(727) 210-2350

Fax: (727) 210-2354


Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Schools (CoA-SBBT)

4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 700 North Tower

Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 215-6540


Dietetic Internship; Clinical Nutrition (MS)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 899-0040 ext. 5400



Health Systems Management (MS)

Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education

6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 614

Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 298-1820



Medical Laboratory Science (MS)

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720

Rosemont, IL 60018

(773) 714-8880



Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200,

North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

(301) 652-2682 or (301) 652-AOTA


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

9355 - 113th St. N, #7709

Seminole, FL 33775

(727)) 210-2350

Fax: (727) 210-2354



Cardiovascular Perfusion (MS)

Accreditation Committee - Perfusion Education (AC-PE)

519 West Ridge Road

 Littleton, CO 80120

 (303) 794-6283



Physician Assistant (MS)

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant 

12000 Findley Road, Suite 275

Johns Creek, GA 30097

(770) 476-1224




Care (MS)

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (Co-ARC)

264 Precision Blvd.

Telford, TN 37690

(817) 283-2835, ext. 107



Religion, Health and Human Values (MA and Certificate CPE)

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Suite 835

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 320-1472


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

9355 - 113th St. N. #7709

Seminole, FL 33775

(727) 210-2350

Fax: (727) 210-2354



Vascular Ultrasound (BS)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS)

6021 University Blvd., Suite 500

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(443) 973-3251



Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education

Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 755-5000


Continuing Education

Continuing Education (Medical)

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Joint Accreditation c/o ACPE

190 S. LaSalle,, Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 664-3575



Continuing Education (Nursing)

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Joint Accreditation c/o ACPE

190 S. LaSalle St., Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60603



Continuing Education (Social Work, Physical Therapy, Psychology)

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)

320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor

Springfield, IL 62786

(888) 473-4858



Continuing Education (Pharmacy)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) 

Joint Accreditation c/o ACPE

190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 664-3575



Continuing Education (Psychology)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Joint Accreditation c/o ACPE

190 S. LaSalle St., Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 664-3575



Human Subject Research

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs

3720 S. Flower St., Third Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90089

(213) 821-1154



U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Ave.

Silver Spring, MD 20993

(888) 463-6332


Office for Human Research Protections

1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200

Rockville, MD 20852

(240) 453-6900


Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240

Chicago, IL 60601

(800) 368-1019



Animal Subject Research

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC 20250

(202) 720-2791



Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

RKL 1, Suite 360, MSC 7982

6705 Rockledge Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

(301) 496-7163


Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care

5205 Chairman’s Court, Suite 300

Frederick, MD 21703

(301) 696-9626

 Other Accreditation
Other Accreditation Agency
Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)


The Illinois Board of Higher Education has authorized all degree programs offered through Rush University.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

1 N. Old State Capital Plaza, Suite 333

Springfield, IL 62701-1377


(217) 782-8548 (Fax)


Rush University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts (Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)


State of Illinois

Department of Public Health

Cook County Board of Health

Rush University Medical Center Memberships

Rush University Medical Center belongs to the following organizations:

Association of American Medical Colleges

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

Association of University Programs in Health Administration

National League for Nursing

Association for Health Services Research

American Hospital Association

Illinois Hospital Association

Voluntary Hospitals of America

Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Council

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Care Service Corp.

Council of Graduate Schools

Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools

Illinois Association of Graduate Schools

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Association of Bioethics Program Directors

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Science

Physician Assistant Education Association

Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants

Rush University Affiliated Colleges and Universities

The following colleges and universities have programs that are affiliated with one or more academic program at Rush University:

Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Indiana

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois

Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee

Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois

Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois

Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois

North Central College, Naperville, Illinois

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

St. Norbet College, De Pere, Wisconsin

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana