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The Master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Rush University College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  (

Program Information
The direct entry master's (MSN) for non-nurses: generalist entry master's (GEM) program at Rush University College of Nursing comprehensively prepares students to be graduate registered nurse (RN) clinicians with a focus in clinical leadership. Graduates are prepared to function at a high level in inpatient, out-patient and community settings. This program is for students who already have a bachelor's degree. 
The clinical nurse leader (CNL) is responsible for clinical management of comprehensive client care, for individuals and clinical populations across the continuum of care, and in multiple settings. The CNL assumes leadership/accountability for health outcomes for a specific group of clients within a unit or setting through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement and evaluate plans of care. The clinical nurse leader is also responsible for the coordination and planning of care team activities and functions. Health promotion, risk reduction and improvement in point-of-care outcomes are critical elements in the role of the clinical nurse leader.

Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (DNP) - Nurse Practitioner Options and Nurse Anesthesia  

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) -- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Advanced Public Health Nursing Options

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Leadership Tracks
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate is a leader equipped to affect change in complex environments.
The BSN-PhD in Nursing Science program enables the focused baccalaureate-prepared nurse to pursue a career in research and education by providing a comprehensive, time sensitive path to success. This option prepares the BSN graduate to become a nurse scientist with the investigative skills of a researcher and the clinical and leadership skills necessary to influence the health care system. Click the "More" link to view program information.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing science graduate is prepared as a clinical researcher. Based on the integration of knowledge from biological, behavioral and clinical sciences, students learn clinical research skills that will contribute to the scientific basis of care provided to individuals across the lifespan and in any setting where care is provided. Graduates will also have leadership skills necessary to serve as senior academicians and influence health care systems and policy.

Non-nurses who hold a graduate degree in a health-related field will be considered for admission.

Postgraduate Non-Degree Certificate

For nurses who already have an advanced practice graduate degree in nursing (MSN or DNP) who wish to specialize in a different clinical area.

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