Sep 20, 2018  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 University Catalog

About Rush



Welcome to Rush University

Rush University is dedicated to training in the clinical and basic sciences of health care and medical research. Our four colleges - Rush Medical College, Rush University College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College - together train more than 2,400 students. In addition, Rush University Medical Center trains more than 700 residents and fellows in the graduate programs of clinical education for physicians.

Students have the opportunity to train at Rush University Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. The desire to participate in the education of trainees at all levels has attracted some of the most outstanding scientists, physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the country to Rush, where our primary interest is to provide the very best in patient care.

Trainees in the clinical disciplines will be prepared for the challenges they will face by actively participating in clinical care at the Medical Center throughout most of their training. Basic scientists work as part of those teams. The link between basic science and clinical programs often stimulates each side to find creative solutions to the health care challenges of today and the future.

I am pleased you have chosen Rush University for your training. We take the responsibility seriously. At any time during your training, please feel free to contact one of your deans or myself for any suggestions or to address any issues. Training is exciting as well as challenging. All of us are here to support you.

Thanks for choosing Rush.

Larry Goodman, MD
President, Rush University;
Chief Executive Officer,
Rush System and Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

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.   

Vision

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

Core Values

I CARE

Innovation

Collaboration

Accountability

Respect

Excellence

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 September 2003.

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

Renowned Patient Care

Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 675-bed hospital serving adults and children, including the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, which provides medical and rehabilitative care to older adults and people with short- and long-term disabilities.

It includes Rush’s 376-bed Tower hospital building, which opened in 2012 as part of the Medical Center’s major campus renovation. Rush’s commitment to sustainability innovation earned the Tower LEED Gold certification. It is the largest new construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified. Rush’s renovation also includes Rush’s Orthopedic Building, which opened in 2010, and the ongoing campus-wide implementation of an electronic medical record system, enhancing patient care and safety.

A unique combination of research and patient care has earned Rush national rankings in eight of 16 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 America’s Best Hospitals issue, among other recognitions of our quality of care and accreditations.

Our nurses are at the forefront of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving Magnet status four times for making outstanding nursing care the standard at the Medical Center. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status  - the highest honor in nursing.

And some of the world’s best athletes trust themselves to the hands of our physicians. Rush is proud to be the preferred hospital for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.

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.

Committed to Community

In addition to patient care, education and research, Rush maintains a strong commitment to the community. Many students, faculty and staff at Rush generously donate their time and skills both within and outside of our campus. Their efforts include numerous health outreach projects in which Rush collaborates with neighborhood clinics, churches, schools and other organizations to provide health screenings and vital health information for underserved children and adults.

Our education and research endeavors, community service programs, and relationships with other hospitals are dedicated to enhancing excellence in patient care for the diverse communities of the Chicago area - now and in the future.

Rush University Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

Rush University provides outstanding health sciences education and conducts impactful research in a culture of inclusion, focused on the promotion and preservation of the health and well-being of our diverse communities.

Vision

The Rush learning community will be the leading health sciences university committed to transforming health care through innovative research and education.

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 2,400 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.

The Seal of Rush University

The seal of Rush University 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 professionals who preserve life and protect patients. Its two colors, green and gold, merge the tradition of the past with the custom of the present: 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.” The Board of Trustees adopted this 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 upon the merger of Rush Medical College and Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital. The final elements are Chicago, the city that is home to the University, and the date of the University’s founding, 1972. The Rush University Board of Overseers adopted the seal in 1999.

Student Characteristics

Statistics below are based on fall 2017 enrollment figures.

Fall 2017 Enrollment
Men
Women
Total
Rush Medical College 277 250   527
College of Nursing 149 981 1130
College of Health Sciences

167

501  668
The Graduate College   84 92   176
Non-Degree Seeking  7   61    68
Grand Total     2569

 

Students by Race and Ethnicity
Total
American Indian or Alaska Native      2
Asian   339
Black or African-American   155
Hispanic   239
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders   1   
White 1606
Two or More Races 72
Unknown 155
Total 2569

 

Student Financial Aid Data %
Title IV Aid Recipients (total student body): 57%
Pell Grant Recipients (undergraduates only): 37%

 

Accreditation, Authorization and Licenses

College
Program
Agency
   

Rush University

All Programs

Higher Learning Commission

230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604

(800) 621-7440

www.hlcommission.org

   
   

Illinois Board of Higher Education

1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333

Springfield, IL 62701

(217) 782-2551

www.ibhe.org/

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

www.lcme.org

   

College of Nursing

Nursing (MS, DNP, Post-graduate certificate)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

655 K St. NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 887-6791

www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

   
 

Nurse Anesthesia, DNP

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

222 S. Prospect Ave.

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 655-1160

Home.coa.us.com

 

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

caa.asha.org/

   
 

Blood Bank Technology (certificate)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158

Clearwater, FL 33763

(727) 210-2350

(727) 210-2354

www.caahep.org

 
 

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

www.eatright.org

 
 

Health Systems Management (MS)

Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education

6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 614

Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 298-1820

cahme.org

 
 

Medical Laboratory Science (MS)

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720

Rosemont, IL 60018

(773) 714-8880

www.naacls.org

 
 

Occupational Therapy (OTD)

American Occupational Therapy Association

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200

Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 652-2682

www.acoteonline.org

 
 

Perfusion Technology (MS)

Accreditation Committee - Perfusion Education

6663 South Sycamore St.

Littleton, CO 80120

(303) 794-6283

www.ac-pe.org

 
 

Physician Assistant (MS)

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

12000 Findley Road, Suite 275

Johns Creek, GA 30097

(770) 476-1224

www.arc-pa.org

 
 

Respiratory Care (MS)

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, TX 76021

(817) 283-2835

www.coarc.com

 
 

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

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

One West Court Square, Suite 325

Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 320-1472

www.acpe.edu

 
 

Vascular Ultrasound (BS)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

6021 University Blvd., Suite 500

Ellicott City, MD 21043

(443) 973-3251

www.jrcdms.org

 
 
 
 

Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education

Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education

401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 755-5000

www.acgme.org

 
 
 
 
Continuing Education

Continuing Education (Medical)

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1850

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 527-9200

hwww.accme.org

 
 

Continuing Education (Nursing)

American Nurses Credentialing Center

American Nurses Association

8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400

Silver Spring, MD 20910

(800) 284-2378

www.nursingworld.org/ancc

 
 

Continuing Education (Social Work, Physical Therapy, Psychology)

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

100 W. Randolph St., Ninth Floor

Chicago, IL 60601

(888) 473-4858

www.idfpr.com

 
 

Continuing Education (Pharmacy)

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100

Chicago, IL 60603

(312) 664-3575

www.acpe-accredit.org

 
 
 
 
Research

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

oprs.usc.edu/policies-and-procedures/aahrpp/

 
   

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Ave.

Silver Spring, MD 20993

(888) 463-6332

www.fda.gov
   

Office for Human Research Protections

1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200

Rockville, MD 20852

(240) 453-6900

www.hhs.gov/ohrp
   

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240

Chicago, IL 60601

(800) 368-1019

www.hhs.gov/ocr/index.html

 

Animal Subject Research

U.S. Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, DC 20250

(202) 720-2791

www.usda.gov

 
   

Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

RKL 1, Suite 360, MSC 7982

6705 Rockledge Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

(301) 496-7163

olaw.nih.gov/
   

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care

5205 Chairman’s Court, Suite 300

Frederick, Maryland 21703

(301) 696-9626

www.aaalac.org

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 18,000 degrees in the health professions. The Office of Alumni Relations provides channels for Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, the Graduate College and our predecessor school alumni as well as former Medical Center house staff to stay connected to Rush as follows:

  •  Remain informed of current developments at the 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

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
  •  Rush University Health Systems Management Alumni Association (HSMAA)

For more information concerning Rush University alumni associations, programs and events, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (312) 942-7199 or alumni@rush.edu or visit the alumni websites at www.rushu.rush.edu/alumni.

Drug-Free Campus and Workplace

Rush University and Rush University Medical Center (hereinafter, collectively referred to as Rush) comply with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, or DFSCA, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act, and our policy implements those requirements. In accordance with the DFSCA, Rush shall review its compliance efforts on a biennial basis to measure effectiveness and to ensure that the standards of conduct and conduct sanctions have been consistently enforced.

All members of the Rush community are encouraged to review the information on the following pages.  This information is distributed annually on every first Monday of October, and it is provided on an ongoing basis during student, faculty and staff orientations and meetings. Distribution occurs in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, U.S. mail, electronic transmission, within registration and/or orientation materials, as a Leap Online module, on Blackboard, and/or by personal distribution during classes or meetings.

Hard copies of this policy are also available at the Office of Human Resources, Suite 403, Armour Academic Center, 600 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612.

 

Tobacco-Free Work Environment

Rush University Medical Center supports the surgeon general’s report on use of tobacco products as a major cause of preventable death. Tobacco use has been documented to contribute significantly to health problems for those who engage in the practice and those who are subjected to an environment where tobacco smoke is present.

Rush University Medical Center, to be consistent with its mission, seeks to promote the health, safety and quality of life of all people who visit the Rush campus.

  1. In accordance with these standards, Rush University Medical Center prohibits smoking or the use of tobacco by all employees, patients, visitors, physicians, students, faculty, volunteers and contractors on the Medical Center campuses.
  2.  Regarding premises outside Rush University Medical Center campuses, smoking or the use of tobacco is prohibited in all other buildings or on grounds owned, leased, or controlled by Rush University Medical Center wherever located, including adjacent public sidewalks and adjoining properties. This policy may be limited by the policies of the landlord or third-party tenants of such premises.
  3. Smoking or tobacco use is prohibited in Rush University Medical Center owned, leased, or controlled vehicles wherever located.
  4. Smoking or tobacco use is prohibited within 15 feet of all Rush shuttle bus stops, immediately adjacent to Rush University Medical Center campuses.
  5. Signs are posted at each entrance indicating Rush University Medical Center is a tobacco-free environment.
  6. Potential new hires will be informed of the tobacco-free work environment at the time of employment application.
  7. Current tobacco use will be asked at time of health screening. Those with a positive history will be given referral information for smoking cessation.
  8. The tobacco-free work environment and policy will be reviewed at new employee orientation.
  9. While this policy does not require employees to quit tobacco use, Rush University Medical Center supports and encourages all efforts by employees to quit tobacco use.
  10. The Medical Center offers a smoking cessation and coping programs to employees and encourages them to participate. For more information, please contact ChooseHealth@rush.edu or 312-942-7479.
  11. It is the responsibility of all Medical Center staff, faculty, students and employees to ensure compliance with this policy. Enforcement of this policy is a shared responsibility of all hospital personnel.
  12. Employees violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action (see Human Resources Policy and Procedure Code of Conduct).

Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

For over three decades, the Rush approach to equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion has not wavered. Our approach is that these are essential components of the best employment, educational and health care practices and must be furthered. This is a continuation of a policy that emanated from the hospital charters of 1865 and 1883 and the documents governing the establishment of Rush University in 1972.

In certain instances, the implementation of this policy and our goals in this area require the use of affirmative initiatives. At Rush, these initiatives are focused on strong recruitment, development and retention efforts - not on quotas - and these recruitment and programming efforts will be continued, consistent with federal, state and municipal guidelines.

Rush University is committed to attracting students who will enable the student body to achieve the educational benefits of diversity and to providing services to all students, faculty and other employees on a nondiscriminatory, equitable basis.

Discrimination or harassment against any member of the Rush University Medical Center community because of age, ancestry, color, disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, gender, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other category protected by federal or state law is prohibited and will not be tolerated, nor will any person for those reasons be excluded from the participation in, or denied the benefits of any program or activity within Rush University.

Shanon Shumpert, associate vice president for Institutional Equity, has been designated to oversee the implementation of this policy for Rush University and can be contacted by telephone at (312) 942-5239 or via email at Shanon_Shumpert@rush.edu.

Additional resources may be found in Human Resources along with the following University individuals/offices:

Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina St., Suite 984B
Chicago, IL. 60612

(312) 942-0725

Paula J. Brown, MBA
Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
Rush University Medical Center
Professional Office Building, Room 128
(312) 942-7094
Paula_J_Brown@rush.edu

Office of Student Disability Services

In keeping with its goal to promote diversity among its student population, Rush University is committed to attracting and educating students who will help to make the population of health care professionals reflective of the national population, including individuals with disabilities. In addition, Rush University is committed to ensuring equal access to its facilities, programs and services is available to students with disabilities.

To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students are encouraged to apply to the Office of Student Disability services as soon as possible to discuss reasonable accommodations for their specific academic programs.

To learn more about accommodations at Rush University, please visit: www.rushu.rush.edu/office-student-disability-services or contact:

Marie Ferro-Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW
Manager, Office of Student Disability Services
600 S. Paulina St. Suite 440
Chicago, IL. 60612
(312) 942-5237
 

Prohibition Against Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct 

Rush University Medical Center (Rush) strictly prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment of and by any member of the community, including but not limited to students, faculty, employees, volunteers, guests and vendors. Rush complies with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission and employment. Sexual misconduct (and its various forms, as defined below) constitutes sexual discrimination and is also covered under this policy.

This policy does not only prohibit discrimination and harassment of employees by employers but prohibits discrimination and harassment between any members of the Rush community, including between a member of the faculty and a student, between two students, between an employee and a campus guest or between a student and an applicant. This policy applies to all Rush programs and activities including, instruction, grading, housing and employment. It is central to the values of Rush that any member of the community who believes that they have witnessed or been the target of unlawful discrimination or harassment, feel free to report their concerns for an appropriate response and investigation, without fear of retaliation or retribution.

All complaints and concerns about conduct that may violate this policy (including retaliation for reports made pursuant to this policy) should be filed with Rush’s equal opportunity officer. Confidential reports can also be made through the Rush Hotline at (877) 787-4009 or via the Rush web reporting tool at rush.ethicspoint.com. Anonymous reporters do not need to identify themselves, but are asked to provide enough information to enable an investigation. Upon receipt of a complaint, the equal opportunity officer will evaluate the information received and determine what further actions should be taken consistent with the procedures outlined. The complete policy can be found here.

Resources

For more information on the Rush University Medical Center policy against harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct, contact:

Shanon Shumpert
Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Rush University Medical Center
Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina St., Suite 403
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5239
Shanon_Shumpert@rush.edu

Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation

Rush University’s Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation, or OIRAA, provides leadership and support in the area of institutional research, accreditation, assessment and regulatory mandates.

The OIRAA fulfills its mission through the following:

  • Providing comprehensive information to support institutional planning, policy formation, decision-making and evaluation of effectiveness
  • Coordinating responses to external accountability mandates and a wide range of internal and external requests for information about the University
  • Providing 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
  • Guiding and facilitating the process of reaffirmation of accreditation and substantive change reporting
  • Providing evidence of institutional effectiveness

Contact the OIRAA staff at OIRAA_@rush.edu.