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Rush University College of Nursing now offers several fully online programs with a minimum of on-campus visits. Faculty who teach these courses are the same qualified faculty who teach on campus. They are experts in their area and have made their knowledge come alive in the online format. Rush currently offers the following online programs:

Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader for RNs

A carefully crafted two-year, part-time program of study combines Web-based courses with a clinical practica/project at sites conveniently located for the student (i.e., place of employment). Comprehensive clinical leadership content includes evidence-based practice, quality improvement, clinical outcomes management, team building and delegation, inter-professional communication, informatics and fiscal accountability. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the clinical nurse leader (CNL) certification.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with Specialty Certification

 Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

The acute pediatric care NP program is designed to prepare experienced pediatric nurses for roles as advanced practice nurses in the subspecialty care of infants and children with complex acute/chronic conditions. The specialty curriculum starts with a core knowledge set of pediatric concepts ranging from normal growth and development through health screening and maintenance. It then advances to provide in-depth education into specialty practice for nurse practitioners working with infants, children and their families with complex health care needs. Specialty courses are provided in a combination of online learning and compressed campus visits. Graduates are prepared to meet the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist

The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs prepare graduates to function as primary care NPs and CNSs with adults across the lifespan, from younger to older adult to frail elderly. APRNs educated and certified in the adult-gerontology population are educated and certified across both areas of practice.
Advanced Public Health Nursing

The advanced public health nursing program is now available nationwide through the online format with two weekend Rush campus visits. The specialty courses in public health nursing include population-focused assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs. A range of supporting courses includes epidemiology, health promotion and advanced practice role development. The online format is highly interactive with faculty and students.

Clinical experiences are planned with local preceptors supervising distance students. Rush faculty experts work with students and guide preceptors through interactive communication. Rush public health nursing expertise includes nursing in a variety of settings such as public health, community agencies, schools, work place, home health care and hospice agencies and facilities serving populations with disabilities.

Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist

The neonatal clinical nurse specialist program (CNS) is designed to prepare experienced neonatal nurses for roles as advanced practice nurses in the subspecialty care of neonates with alterations in health. The neonatal CNS integrates care across the continuum and through three spheres of influence: direct patient/client care, nurses and nursing practice, and systems and organizations. Neonatal CNSs creates environments through mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

The neonatal nurse practitioner program is now accessible to students throughout the country in its completely online format. NNP specialty course content includes developmental physiology, neonatal pharmacology, advanced neonatal assessment and three management courses covering the spectrum of neonatal pathophysiology, wellness promotion and disease management. Classes are designed using a case study format to encourage critical thinking and application of didactic material. Small class sizes foster frequent personal feedback from faculty who remain active in the clinical setting. Distance students are welcome to complete any part of the clinical practicum at one of several outstanding neonatal intensive care units in Chicago, or may utilize a site closer to home, as long as program requirements are met. Our graduates have attained a 100% pass rate on the NNP national certification exam over the past five years.

Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

The pediatric clinical nurse specialist (PCNS-BC) program is designed to prepare experienced pediatric nurses for roles as advanced practice nurses in the subspecialty care of infants and children with alterations in health. The focus of PCNS care includes pediatric unit-based or pediatric agency-wide responsibilities. The PCNS integrates care across the continuum and through three spheres of influence: direct patient/client care, nurses and nursing practice, and systems and organizations. In addition to direct patient care, key elements of PCNS practice are to create environments through mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices. Also the PCNS is often involved in developing staff education as well as safety and quality improvement activities.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pediatric primary care nurse practitioner (PNP) program prepares graduates to obtain certification and function as pediatric nurse practitioners in a variety of primary care settings. The central focus is on clinical practice where students develop knowledge and skills in the behavioral and biological disciplines and apply their learning to the care of children from infancy through young adulthood with the spectrum of health from promotion of wellness to management of acute and chronic illness. Emphasis is placed on the development of practitioners who will be prepared to function in a variety of settings.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The DNP in psychiatric-mental health nursing prepares the student as a nurse practitioner capable of the assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management of individuals with psychiatric disorders. A unique aspect of this distance program is the "virtual clinical supervision" that students participate in while in their clinical practicum. Students are prepared to sit for ANCC certification as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner upon graduation. 

DNP Leadership Tracks

Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes

The focus of this post-MSN DNP program for advanced practice nurses is on the development of population-based knowledge and skills to enhance clinical health outcomes for patient aggregates, communities and populations. This knowledge and skill set can be used across specialty areas by APRNs to assess the health and illness needs of clinical populations and develop, implement and evaluate population-focused interventions to address these needs. The program has a strong emphasis on health promotion, levels of prevention and program management for vulnerable populations.

Systems Leadership

This post-master's DNP program prepares graduates for systems-level leadership and improving outcomes in a variety of settings. The program is designed to enhance the nursing leader's ability to affect change through system redesign and evidenced-based decision-making in a variety of clinical, organizational or educational systems. Students complete a leadership project with a mentor in their area of interest. Students only need to come to campus for two, two- to three-day periods during the program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy in nursing (PhD) graduate is prepared as a nurse scientist with the investigative skills of a researcher and the clinical and leadership skills necessary to influence the health care system.

The PhD program has been developed so that students maintain continuous online progress throughout the year and focus on discourse, debate and integration of ideas through yearly campus visits. Students benefit from innovative teaching and mentoring strategies, multiple methods of curriculum delivery matched to course objectives and a faculty comittment to prepare students for a career in clinical research and academia.

RN First Assistant (RNFA) Course Series

These courses expand the APRN’s role to include the skill set of a first surgical assistant in the operating room. Providing this enhanced continuity of care adds value and marketability for current or future APRN practice. Upon completion of the series, APRNs will have the required didactic preparation, letter of course completion and partial clinical hours to sit for the RNFA certification exam offered by the Competency & Credentialing Institute. Clinical hours required to sit for certification are met through a combination of  professional perioperative experience and course series hours.  

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