Philosophy of General Education

Undergraduate programs at Rush University prepare entry-level professionals for various roles in health care. The University strives to provide an environment where knowledgeable, informed and literate students are prepared to take their place, not only in the health care arena, but also as citizens of the world. The professional education builds on a solid general education, which forms the basis for life-long learning and prepares graduates to be practitioners with social consciences. Students are admitted to Rush University with general education sufficient to lay the groundwork for developing excellent written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking abilities, cultural sensitivity, high ethical standards, and an inquiring mind. Students are expected to enter Rush University with foundations in communications, humanities, mathematics, physical/life sciences, and social sciences.

The professional education offered by the University completes the student's general education, resulting in a graduate who:

  • communicates effectively in writing and speech
  • demonstrates intellectual curiosity and critical thinking in the application of math and science to practice
  • applies ethical principles to practice
  • demonstrates ability to practice effectively in a diverse society, and
  • exercises/expresses his/her social conscience to positively influence health care at local to global levels.

General Education Requirements

Effective January 1, 2009 all entering students must complete the following general education requirements in order to be eligible for the Bachelor of Science degree:

Semester Hours
Quarter Hours
Two courses in communications (English composition)
One course in mathematics (college algebra or higher)
Two courses in life sciences (anatomy, biology, microbiology, physiology)
One course in physical sciences (chemistry, physics)
One course in social sciences (government, history, political science, psychology, sociology)
One course in humanities (ethics, fine arts, literature, philosophy) Performance courses do not meet this requirement.
Elective courses in communications, computer science, ethics, fine arts, humanities, life sciences, literature, philosophy, physical sciences, or social sciences to total 36 semester (56 quarter) hours.
Total Hours of Required and Elective Courses

* Minimum general education course work requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree are listed. Most baccalaureate programs require additional prerequisite courses and/or general education courses from the areas listed above. Applicants should review the specific prerequisite requirements for the program(s) to which they are applying.

Specific information about required major-level course work is located on each department's page:

Department of Medical Laboratory Science
Department of Clinical Sciences (Perfusion Technology
and Physician Assistant Studies)
Department of Respiratory Care
Department of Vascular Ultrasound and Technology
Imaging Science Progam