Rush Medical College: Admission Requirements

Selection Process
Rush Medical College is strongly committed to the selection of individuals who will become vital members of the medical community as students, practitioners, educators, and researchers. Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is placed on the preparation of physicians who will function chiefly as medical practitioners and who will be committed to the delivery of quality health care to a variety of populations, including those now underserved.

Because Rush seeks to train physicians who will be committed to meeting society's health care needs, the Committee on Admissions seeks excellence in academic achievement and values, individual goals, personal accomplishments, and related experiences. The Committee looks for individuals who exhibit social and intellectual maturity, personal integrity, empathy, professionalism, and motivation for medicine.

Admission to Rush Medical College depends upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) of undergraduate study prior to matriculation. Rush requires all entering students to have successfully completed at least eight semester hours of physics, eight semester hours of biology, eight semester hours of inorganic chemistry, and eight semester hours of organic chemistry. In lieu of eight semester hours of organic chemistry, students may take four semester hours of organic chemistry and four semester hours of biochemistry. Survey courses in the premedical sciences will not fulfill these requirements. Though not required, courses in mathematics, social sciences, and English are strongly recommended. The committee suggests that comprehensive courses be selected that includes study in the following areas:

  • Biology - molecular, cellular, developmental, and population;
  • Inorganic chemistry - properties of the elements, states of matter, chemical reaction, and aqueous solutions;
  • Organic chemistry - stereochemistry, covalent bonding, hydrocarbons, and organic compounds;
  • Physics - mechanics, electricity, wave characteristics, nuclear structure, thermodynamics, and optics.

The required courses provide the foundation upon which modern biological and medical sciences are built. The committee requires all coursework submitted in fulfillment of specific admissions requirements must be evaluated on the basis of a traditional grading system. In addition, all applicants are advised to pursue subjects beyond the stated minimums in the required courses.

Required Criminal Background Check
Rush Medical College will enforce the Medical School Matriculant Criminal History Records Check Act which states: "a medical school located in Illinois must require that each matriculant submit to a fingerprint- based criminal history records check for violent felony convictions and any adjudication of the matriculant as a sex offender conducted by the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the medical school admissions process."