Rush University College of Nursing is proud to announce partnerships with Oakton and College of Lake County (CLC) Community Colleges. The nature of these partnerships relate to the transition of community college nursing students who possess a bachelor’s degree in another field to the Rush master’s degree program in Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL).
As stated in the AACN Joint Statement on Academic Progression for Nursing Students and Graduates our common goal is a well educated, diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health. It is through the collaboration and partnering of our organizations that we can facilitate and inspire the seamless academic progression of nursing students and nurses.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students with a previous bachelor’s degree would be able to apply directly to the CNL program. This progression to master’s education avoids the redundancy of students completing a second bachelor’s degree in order to advance in the nursing profession. It also provides a more time efficient path for nurses to expand their skills in clinical leadership.
Oakton and College of Lake County students may apply to Rush while still completing their ADN degree. Acceptance into the CNL program can occur prior to ADN degree completion but proof of degree conferral and RN licensure would need to be provided to Rush prior to matriculation.
The curriculum for ADN students consists of the program of study as viewed on the CNL program of study page
with the addition of a one credit hour course, Socialization into Nursing Seminar. As it is best to take this course early in the program of study, if an ADN student so chooses, he/she may take this course as a Rush Student-at-Large while still enrolled at Oakton or CLC.
Both Rush and our community college partners believe this partnership is in the best interests of bachelor’s prepared ADN students who wish to advance their education and professional career in an efficient manner and will, in the longer term, benefit the nursing profession.