College of Health Sciences: Academic Policies

Full-time and Part-time Enrollment
Twelve quarter hours is considered full-time enrollment, except for the Department of Clinical Nutrition which considers eleven quarter hours full-time and the division of Health Sciences, which considers nine quarter hours as full-time. Registration for fewer than twelve hours constitutes part-time enrollment.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses
With permission from the department chairperson or program director, undergraduate students may register for graduate level courses. Credit earned in this manner may apply toward the baccalaureate degree, pending approval by the department chairperson or program director. Should an undergraduate student later apply for and gain admission to a graduate program at Rush University, the student may request that graduate credit previously earned be applied toward the master's degree. A Petition to Transfer Credit form should be completed. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar or from the web site ( Credit transferred in this manner is limited. A student must earn a minimum of 180 quarter hours to receive the bachelor of science degree. If a student actually earns 187 quarter hours for example, and seven quarter hours are at the graduate level at Rush, seven quarter hours may be credited toward the master's degree.

Examination Policy
The examination policy is the responsibility of the individual course director who will inform students of examination requirements for that particular course. A time period at the end of the quarter is provided for examinations. This time period may be used as the course director chooses.

Several programs in the College of Health Sciences either require or have an option for a thesis project. Completing one's thesis is a significant academic accomplishment and acknowledges that the student has conducted an independent scientific investigation that will add to the knowledge in his/her field. All students are required to have their theses registered with Proquest Information and Learning Company. This process includes the publication of the thesis abstract, the microfilming of the thesis, and the copyrighting of the work. In addition, the original copy of the thesis is bound and becomes a permanent part of the collection of the Library of Rush University Medical Center. The director of the Library of Rush University Medical Center coordinates the process.

Any student who has withdrawn from a program or has not been enrolled for one or more quarters or any dismissed student may apply for readmission by submitting an application for this purpose. Applications for re-enrollment must be received at least three months before the planned return. An interview may be required. A re-entering student must meet the conditions for re-enrollment stated in his/her dismissal or re-entry acceptance letter and all policies, requirements, and course sequences in effect at the time of re-entry. Previously enrolled students may be considered as part of the pool of new applicants and are not guaranteed admission. The student will pay tuition and fees at the rates in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Rush University Academic Policies
The Academic Resources and Policies section of this catalog contains additional Rush University academic policies.