Before You Start Your Application
We appreciate your interest in the Rush University College of Nursing. Here you will find detailed information about the general application requirements, policies and procedures of the college as well as specific program criteria.
Rush University College of Nursing participates in the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). NursingCAS partners with many colleges and schools of nursing to provide an online application to students, collect and process application documents, and verify transcripts on the school's behalf. The school receives complete and verified information from NursingCAS and is solely responsible for all admission decisions.
Choosing a Program Designation in NursingCAS
When you apply for any of Rush's programs in NursingCAS you will need to choose the specific program and term of entry to which you are applying. You may apply to only one Rush program and one admission cohort. Applying to more than one Rush program or cohort will delay the processing of your application.
- Choose Direct Entry Master's (MSN) for Non Nurses: Generalist Entry Master's (GEM) if you have a bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing and do not have a registered nursing license.
- Choose MSN for RNs: Clinical Nurse Leader if you have a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) OR an ADN in nursing with a bachelor's degree in another field
- Choose BSN-DNP in your desired specialty if you have a bachelor's degree in nursing.
- Choose MSN-DNP in your desired specialty if you hold a master's degree in nursing. If you have a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in another field, choose the BSN-DNP designation.
APRNs may choose a MSN-DNP designation in a second specialty (not the advanced practice area in which they are already certified) or a leadership track.
Starting Your Application
We recommend the first thing you do is order all official transcripts from a collegiate level or higher and have them sent directly to NursingCAS and then complete the required NursingCAS fields for submission of your application.
Though parts of your application may still be incomplete, e.g., letters of recommendation received (although your will need to name your recommenders in the system in order to submit your application), we highly recommend you submit your application well before the deadline as it can take several weeks for NursingCAS to receive and verify your transcripts and calculate GPAs. Please review the bulleted areas below to see the required fields you need to complete before you can submit an application (the titles will match the NursingCAS portal page).
- Personal Information (Your Social Security Number is not required on the NCAS application)
- Academic History
- Supporting Information
- Program Materials
In order for an application to be considered, the required NursingCAS data fields above must be completed and the application submitted by the posted deadline. As programs are competitive, we strongly advise you submit ALL required documents (e.g., resume) to NursingCAS prior to the application deadline.
You should check your personal application page on the NursingCAS application portal to monitor the successful transmission of your transcripts and recommendations. Our admissions staff will also be working with you to ensure application completion.
Rush University College of Nursing does not require the submission of high school transcripts to NursingCAS.
- A completed application submitted to NursingCAS with the non-refundable fee (GEM $45, all other programs $65).
- This includes official transcripts (all foreign institutions attended require course-by-course ECE, WES, or CGFNS transcript evaluation), resume or CV, and 3 letters of recommendation.
A brief Rush supplemental application completed upon receipt of the NursingCAS application with $35 payment.
All applicants will be evaluated on the following:
- A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution*
- All calculated GPAs of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)**
- Substantive answers to personal essay questions (questions included in Program Materials section of NursingCAS)
- Three professional letters of recommendation from faculty and/or work managers. Recommenders should be able to evaluate your clinical abilities, critical thinking, and potential for successfully completing graduate school. Relationship of recommenders to you must be in a supervisory capacity. Recommendations from friends, relatives, or co-workers will not be accepted and will cause your application to be delayed or denied
- Post-licensure applicants: One letter must come from current supervisor/manager and one academic faculty member may be used as a reference (if the coursework has been completed within the past year)
- A resume or CV that includes work experience; educational, leadership and professional organization activities; community service; scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards; and nursing license number and state for RNs
- Acceptable GRE scores, if required. The GRE school code for Rush is 3262.
- Acceptable TOEFL scores, if required. The TOEFL school code for Rush is 3262.
- RN licensure in the United States (for post-licensure programs in which clinical practica will be conducted in the US)
- Acceptable personal interview(s) with faculty
*Eligible applicants to the CNL program include associate degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates who have a bachelor’s degree in another area.
**Cumulative GPA calculated for all applicants; prerequisite science GPA for GEM applicants only; pre-licensure nursing GPA for all post-licensure programs.
Failure to submit all required and accurate information will result in the removal of the application from consideration for admission.
GRE and TOEFL Information
Submission of the following items to the Office of Admissions Services is required prior to the application deadline:
1. GRE Scores, if required (GRE information: http://www.gre.org) - GRE scores less than 5 years old should be sent directly to Rush University. If your GRE scores are more than 5 years you may submit a copy of the official score report by uploading the document into NursingCAS.
- The GRE is required for all applicants to the Nurse Anesthesia and PhD programs and cannont be waived.
- GRE scores are required for all other programs, unless waived under the following conditions*:
- For the Direct Entry Master's: Generalist Entry Master's (GEM) a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater
- For the MSN and DNP post-licensure programs a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater; a pre-licensure nursing GPA of 3.0 or greater; or a graduate GPA (of a completed degree) of 3.5 or greater
- Post-graduate certificate students are not required to take the GRE
2. TOEFL Scores, if required - The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants who are non-native speakers of English. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a minimum of three years of higher education AND received their baccalaureate degree in the United States.
*Rush will receive GPA calculations from NursingCAS only after they have received all of your official transcripts. If you believe you will need to submit GRE scores, we suggest you prepare for the exam and take it sooner rather than later as we cannot review your application until official GRE scores have been received. These scores must be received by Rush University before the application deadline. Your scores will be sent to the institutions you designate within 10 to 15 days after your test date.
Direct Entry Master's (MSN) for Non-Nurses: Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program Applicants:
All prerequisite courses must be completed by the application deadline. See GEM program information page for a listing of prerequisite coursework
Nurse Anesthesia Program:
A minimum of one year of recent full-time experience as an RN in an adult ICU at the time of the application deadline. Two years of recent full-time ICU experience is strongly preferred.
Advanced Practice Applicants must have the following experience by the application deadline:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care - minimum of six months of recent adult critical care or adult acute care nursing experience
- Family - minimum of six months recent nursing experience
- Neonatal - minimum of six months of recent in-patient neonatal nursing experience
- Pediatric Acute Care - minimum of six months of recent in-patient pediatric nursing experience
- Pediatric Primary Care - minimum of six months of recent pediatric nursing experience
Due to the variety of different state reguations and limitations, if a student moves to another state after matriculation there is no guarentee of clinical practica placement.
*We regret that we are unable to offer enrollment to DNP with clinical specialty certification applicants who reside in following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
*An important note from NursingCAS:
Some email providers use filters to prevent users from receiving "Spam" (unsolicited, junk email). Email filters may interpret an email from NursingCAS or a nursing program as "Spam" and automatically delete a message to you. To avoid missing important NursingCAS emails, turn the "Spam" or "junk" email filters off during the application cycle. If your email provider does not allow you to turn the filter off, you may have access to a "junk mail file" that archives all messages identified as sent to multiple addresses. Periodically check your spam/junk email file for NursingCAS or nursing program-related messages.