Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

2023 - 2024 Addenda and Errata


Errata Sheet for Rush University 2023 - 2024 University Catalog

This errata serves as the official notification of changes to the 2023 - 2024 catalog and should be used in conjunction with the printed and online versions.

Listed below are any changes, additions, corrections, or modifications to the 2023 - 2024 catalog since the 2023 published edition.  These changes have been authorized by the program director, college administration or University administration.


Erratum for College of Nursing

Requested on: September 6, 2023

Submitted by: Judith Frei, DNP, FNP

Section(s): Course Descriptions

Corrections: All prerequisites originally listed on NSG-566 Population Assessment and Health Promotion Frameworks have been removed. This course now has no requisites listed.


Erratum for RUSH Medical College

Requested on: October 12, 2023

Submitted by: Jamie Cvengros, Ph.D., MHPE

Section(s): Course Descriptions

Corrections: The course title, description and credits for NEU - 793 have been updated as follows:

NEU - 793 Neurological Science Intensive Care Unit

The Neurological Science Intensive Care Unit rotation exposes M4 students to the management of critically ill neurological and neurosurgical patients. Students will comprehensively evaluate patients, learn how to review and interpret various neuroimaging modalities, present their findings on rounds and develop an initial assessment and plan. Basic principles behind end-of-life issues, brain death and organ donation will be discussed. Exposure to the entire spectrum of neurocritical care will be available, including disorders of consciousness, acute ischemic strokes, hemorrhagic strokes, subarachnoid hemorrhages, neuromuscular diseases, CNS infections, seizures and status epilepticus, as well as neuro-oncological emergencies. Prerequisites: MED-703, NEU-701, OBG-703, PED-701, PSY-701, RMD-701 and SUR-701. Offered: fall, spring and summer. Retake Counts for Credit: No. Pass/No Pass Grading Allowed: No. Credit(s): 2-4


Erratum for College of Health Sciences

Requested on: November 13, 2023

Submitted by: Shital C. Shah, Ph.D.

Section(s): Health Systems Management Executive Track (MS) Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Corrections: Two new Topics in Health Systems Management courses were approved for executive track students and are not included in this catalog. These new courses can be taken in place of HSM-688E Topics in Health Systems Management: Special Topics. The new approved courses are as follows:

HSM-688Y Topics in Health Systems Management: Special Topics I

The course has been developed to accommodate the diverse educational needs of our students. The course will provide exposure to various emerging topics in health care and prepare future leaders to manage and mitigate rising health care challenges. Topics in Health Systems Management I provides students the opportunity to further develop their health care leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes. Offered: spring. Retake Counts for Credit: No. Pass/No Pass Grading Allowed: No. Credit(s): 1

HSM-688Z Topics in Health Systems Management: Special Topics II

The course has been developed to accommodate the diverse educational needs of our students. The course will provide exposure to various emerging topics in health care and prepare future leaders to manage and mitigate rising health care challenges. Topics in Health Systems Management II provides students the opportunity to further develop their health care leadership knowledge, skills and attitudes. Offered: spring. Retake Counts for Credit: No. Pass/No Pass Grading Allowed: No. Credit(s): 1


Erratum for College of Nursing

Requested on: November 13, 2023

Submitted by: Judith Frei, DNP, FNP

Section(s): Course Descriptions

Corrections: NSG-608 Program Evaluation now has a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete NSG-610 DNP Project Planning and Implementation prior to taking NSG-608.


Erratum for College of Nursing

Requested on: November 17, 2023

Submitted by: Frank D. Hicks, PhD, RN, CNE

Section(s): DNP Curriculum

Corrections: Effective January 1st, 2024, new DNP Curricular Sequencing Guidelines are being added to this catalog:

  • Graduate core courses should be taken early in the plan of study.  Notes: NSG 522 Applied Epidemiology Biostats Nursing should be taken before/concurrently with NSG 523 Research for Evidence Based Practice. Research for Evidence Based Practice is currently listed as a prerequisite for NSG 521 Antiracism in Organizational Leadership. 
  • APRN tracks:
    • NSG 532 Advanced Physiology and 533 Advanced Pathophysiology are key foundational scientific courses that should be completed early in coursework before clinical practicum.  Note: Both courses are currently listed as prerequisites for NSG 625/625L Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice and NSG 535 Diagnostics for the APRN. 
    • Key clinical practicum preparation courses should be completed prior to students beginning clinical practicum.  This includes NSG 625/625L Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice, NSG 535 Diagnostics for the APRN, NSG 531 Advanced/Applied Pharmacotherapy course (track specific) and other track specific courses as specified by Program Director (eg. major psychopathological disorders, etc).
    • Direct care clinical practicum should be taken concurrently with clinical management courses. Some program tracks offset didactic from clinical practicum by 1 semester so foundational management content is received before clinical practicum begins. 
  • Ideally, Transition to the APRN role (NSG 537) should be taken later in the plan of study as a transition to practice course. However, it does not have a prerequisite and can technically be taken at any time during the plan of study.
  • Leadership in Evolving Healthcare Environments (NSG 600) and Healthcare Economics, Policy and Finance (NSG 602) should be completed before/concurrently with (NSG 609C). 
  • Theory courses to guide DNP project work include NSG 608/610/565/566/567.  NSG 610 should precede 609A, and 608 should precede/concurrent with 615 such that students have the necessary theory content to complete their project proposal. For Poplead/APHN DNP Tracks, NSG 606 should be taken concurrently with 565/566/567 and should be completed prior to taking 607. 

Special situations:

  • On a case-by-case basis where clinical practicum is delayed, students may continue in their didactic management courses at the discretion of the student’s advisor and Program Director.  If delay is greater than 1 semester, the situation should be discussed with DNP program leadership and additional coursework may be required.  Documentation should be noted in an academic success form.
    1. Good academic standing
    2. No behavioral or professional performance concerns
    3. No clinical performance concerns.

Addendum for College of Health Sciences

Requested on: December 11, 2023

Submitted by: Mary Jo Guglielmo, MPH

Section of catalog: Imaging Sciences (BS) Academic Policies

Addition:

A new section has been added to the Academic Policies of the Imaging Sciences (BS) program:

Advanced Standing
Admitted students who are registered radiologic and nuclear medicine technologists with advanced certification in ARRT (CT), (MR), (CI) or (VI) from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board may receive credit based on their advanced certification credential.  The program director will develop an individualized plan of study for the students.


Addendum for College of Nursing

Requested on: January 24, 2024

Submitted by: Tomeka Dowling, DNP, RN

Section of catalog: Course Descriptions

Addition:

Requisites were missing from NSG-565 Advanced Nursing Roles in Public Health Systems. The following requisites are attached to this course:

​Prerequisites: NSG-600 and NSG-602. Pre or Corequisites: NSG-522 and NSG-606.


Addendum for RUSH Medical College

Requested on: January 29, 2024

Submitted by: Jamie Cvengros, Ph.D., MHPE

Section(s): Course Desriptions

Three new elective courses have been approved that were not included in the original Catalog.

  • PVM 750 Preventive Medicine
    The Preventive Medicine elective is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge to proactively address chronic diseases through evidence-based practices. Focused on the six pillars of lifestyle medicine, this course delves into the application of evidence-based interventions to provide students a comprehensive understanding of the six pillars of lifestyle medicine: a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and fostering positive social connections. The elective includes dedicated independent study time, allowing learners to explore and grasp the core concepts independently using a framework from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Students will also have the opportunity to spend several days per week in the Rush Preventive Medicine Clinic, gaining hands-on experience in applying preventive medicine strategies in a clinical setting. This course is ideal for those seeking to make a meaningful impact on public health by preventing, treating and even reversing chronic diseases through a holistic and evidence-based approach. Offered: fall, spring and summer. Retake Counts for Credit: Yes. Pass/No Pass Grading Allowed: No. Credit(s): 2-4
     
  • FAM 742 Introduction to Health Policy and the American Health Care System
    In this course, students will gain a brief overview of how the American health care system arrived at present day, including: the origin of employer-sponsored health insurance, introduction of government insurance programs, era of managed care, the ongoing transition to value-based care and failed attempts at universal coverage. Through a combination of reading and writing assignments, lectures and small group discussion, students will learn to articulate the challenges that each aspect of health reform has attempted to address and consider what other changes might be necessary. Offered: fall, spring and summer. Retake Counts for Credit: Yes. Pass/No Pass Grading Allowed: No. Credit(s): 2-4
     
  • EMD 750 Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Training and Education
    Forensic Exam Training and Education (SAFE) consists of a 40-hour online training module focused on delivering a forensic exam to survivors of sexual violence. After the online training, learners will participate in three debriefs. The first will debrief the online training, the second will focus on Illinois-specific guidelines and the third will focus on the education around trauma-informed care. During one of these debriefs, there will be a hands-on session with a mannequin for evidence collection demonstration and practice. After completing the training, learners can observe 1-3 forensic exams taking place in the Emergency Department setting. These will be on an on-call basis, not just in the two- to four-week course, which is why this portion is optional. Once students graduate, and if they complete the three forensic exams with SAFE during the year, they can apply through the Illinois district attorney’s office to be officially SAFE-certified. Prerequisite: OBG-703. Offered: fall, spring and summer. Retake Counts for Credit: Yes. Pass/No Pass Grading Allowed: No. Credit(s): 2-4

Erratum for College of Nursing

Requested on: February 16, 2024

Submitted by: Frank D. Hicks, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Section(s): Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Non-Degree Certificate section

Corrections: The program student learning outcomes for the postgraduate non-degree certificate were inadvertently left out of this catalog. The missing information is below:

Postgraduate Certification Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Function as an advanced practice nurse in a specialty area of practice.
  2. Analyze and monitor the quality and cost effectiveness of clinical decisions.
  3. Provide culturally competent care within multidisciplinary health care systems.
  4. Apply ethical and legal principles to complex health care environments.
  5. Utilize research to provide quality health care, to initiate change and improve nursing
    practice.
  6. Assume the role of advocate, educator and change agent for consumers within health care systems. 

Erratum for College of Health Sciences

Requested on: February 26, 2024

Submitted by: Brinda Bradaric, Ph.D.

Section(s): Course Descriptions

Corrections: The course title for HSC - 480 has been updated as follows. All other course data elements remain the same.

HSC - 480 Holistic Health and Wellness Practices


Erratum for College of Nursing

Requested on: February 26, 2024

Submitted by: Judith Frei, DNP, FNP

Section(s): Course Descriptions

Corrections:

  • NSG - 571C Management: Adult/Gerontology Acute and Critical Illness I lists an incorrect prerequisite in this catalog. Students must successfully complete NSG - 571A Management: Adult/Gerontology I prior to taking NSG - 571C.
     
  • The course description for NSG - 606 DNP Specialty Practicum has been modified to:

    Practica are planned conjointly by the student and faculty member. The minimum number of hours of practica may be determined by the specialty-specific credentialing body program requirements and may vary across specialty tracks. Clinical conference is included, depending on track. 
     
  • The course description for NSG - 607 DNP Immersion Residency has been modified to:

    This course is designed to provide advanced nursing practice students with an opportunity to achieve specialty competence at the DNP level. The experience is accomplished under the guidance of an approved preceptor/facilitator. The minimum number of clock hours of residency may be determined by the specialty-specific credentialing body program requirements and may vary across specialty tracks.

Addendum for The Graduate College

Requested on: March 6, 2024

Submitted by: Gabriella Cs-Szabo, Ph.D.

Beginning with graduates from the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (PhD) program for the spring 2024 term and later, the following corrections are needed:

  • Under the section heading “Year 3-5 Research Progress/Publications/Dissertation”, the second paragraph should now read:

    “The Research Adviser monitors the day-to-day progress of the student. The Dissertation committee will meet at least every six months to monitor progress and to approve any changes to the proposed research project. They may meet more frequently, especially after the approval of the student’s research proposal. The student is expected to attend national meetings, make presentations, posters etc. and become a part of the scientific community. Likewise, the student should be submitting research articles. The Integrated Biomedical Science PhD program requires that the research project yield at least one first-authored research manuscript submitted for publication in a scientific peer-reviewed journal. The submission for publication requirement is necessary for graduation but not sufficient. The dissertation committee will continue to assess student progress on the aims and determines when the student has completed their dissertation. (See Dissertation Proposal and Presentation below).”
     
  • Under the section heading “Year 3-5 Research Progress/Publications/Dissertation”, the third paragraph bullet should now read:
    • “The graduate is able to contribute to the scientific literature in an area of expertise via published abstracts, a dissertation and by the submission for publication of a first-authored research manuscript in a scientific refereed journal.”
       
  • Under the section heading “Data Defense and Dissertation”, the final paragraph should now read:

    “Since the submission of a first-authored research manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal is required for the degree, the dissertation is not considered complete until the submission of at least one first authored manuscript for peer-reviewed publication. If submission is pending, the Committee may approve the dissertation, but the Degree Approval form will not be signed until the paper is submitted to a per-reviewed journal as verified by the letter from the Journal’s editor.”

Addendum for RUSH University

Requested on: March 12, 2024

Submitted by: David J. Nelson, MBA

Section(s): RUSH University Academic & University Policies - Continuous Enrollment/Active Student Status policy

Effective with the summer 2024 term, the Continuous Enrollment/Active Student Status policy has been updated to what is listed below:

In order to maintain an active status, RUSH University requires continuous enrollment in the majority of its academic programs from the time a student matriculates through a student’s graduation. Exemptions for the summer term only include Health Systems Management (residential track) majors. Students who are not officially enrolled each term or have not submitted a Petition for Leave of Absence or Voluntary Withdrawal form risk being administratively withdrawn from the University by the Office of the Registrar.

A student enrolled in a noncredit residency or academic enrichment program prior to receipt of a degree must be registered for their program’s Continuous Enrollment course to retain active student status.

Any degree- or certificate-seeking student not enrolling in a new course but needing to replace an outstanding incomplete grade must register for their program’s Continuous Enrollment course until the grade is satisfied.

A student who is auditing a course and is not allowed in other courses during the same term must register for their program’s Continuous Enrollment course to be charged appropriately.

Students who have completed all coursework in a program but require an external assessment to graduate may enroll in a specific section of continuous enrollment that does not have a tuition charge with approval from the program director or designee. In these instances, the college will request two separate sections of the continuous enrollment course for billing purposes (one section with a charge and one without) at the time the Scheduling Coordinator requests the course sections each term. Enrollment will require that faculty consent be added in the Self-Service system (by the program director or their designee) before the student can enroll in the appropriate section. The college or division is responsible for notifying the student of which section of continuous enrollment they should add to their schedule.


Addendum for RUSH University

Requested on: March 12, 2024

Submitted by: David J. Nelson, MBA

Section(s): RUSH University Academic & University Policies - Enrollment policy section

Effective with the summer 2024 term, the Enrollment policy section has been updated to what is listed below:

Enrollment

Enrollment Status Definitions
Students working toward a degree or certificate and who are enrolled at least half-time may be eligible for student financial assistance. These students may also be eligible to have their federal educational loans deferred. Students are considered full-time or half-time each term based on the below credit criteria. RUSH University students must be registered for one of the enrollment statuses below during any academic term to maintain an active student status. Students who are enrolled in externships or clinical work for less than nine credit hours may be considered enrolled full-time for credit hour purposes regardless of the amount of clinical work that is expected per credit hour.
 

  Full-time Half-time
Medical Students (preclerkship M1 and M2 years)  All enrolled students are considered full-time
Medical Students (clerkship M3 and M4 years) 12 credits 6 credits
Graduate  9 credits 4.5 credits
Undergraduate  12 credits 6 credits
Ph.D. Dissertation, Clinical Doctorate Externship and Master’s Thesis 2 credits 1 credit
Medical Students (enrolled in clinical bridge course) 4 credits 2 credits


Reduced Credit Hours Requirements for Select Student Populations

A graduate student enrolling in dissertation, externship or thesis work has a reduced credit hour requirement to be considered full- or half-time:

  • Students registering in at least two credits of dissertation, externship or thesis coursework are considered full-time.
  • Students registering in one credit of dissertation, externship or thesis coursework are considered half-time.

A medical student enrolling in the clinical bridge course has a reduced credit hour requirement to be considered full- or half-time:

  • Students registering in at least four credits of clinical bridge are considered full-time.
  • Students registering in at least two credits of clinical bridge are considered half-time.

Individual graduate programs may set guidelines on research enrollments, including which academic milestones should be passed before enrollment in dissertation or thesis hours are permitted. Once students successfully defend their dissertation or thesis, no further research enrollments are necessary. Continuous enrollment may be needed thereafter if the student still has not met graduation requirements for their program.

Students with questions about their financial aid eligibility and enrollment status should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Erratum for College of Nursing

Requested on: April 15, 2024

Submitted by: Lynette Richter, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNL

Section(s): Course Descriptions

Correction: NSG-503 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing was missing a required prerequisite course. NSG-511 Pharmacology is a prerequiste for this course.