Affiliated Colleges and Universities

Graduates from all accredited colleges and universities are welcome to apply to Rush’s GEM program. Rush University College of Nursing is affiliated with a number of institutions of higher learning. An affiliation consists of a contractual agreement between Rush College of Nursing and another academic institution whereby a student receives their bachelor’s degree and all or the majority of their education from that institution. Upon meeting all the admission requirements of Rush, applicants are qualified to receive preferential admission to the direct entry master’s (MSN) for non-nurses: generalist entry master’s (GEM) clinical nurse leader (CNL) program. Preferential admission into the GEM program is dependent upon the number of qualified applications received during the year from the affiliate school. 


Links to Affiliated Colleges and Universities

Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Alice Sima, MSN, MBA, RN

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

  • Faculty Contact: Pam Middleton, PhD

Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina  

  • Faculty Contact: Verlie Tisdale, PhD

Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Robert Carr, PhD

Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

  • Faculty Contact: Barbara Christie-Pope, PhD

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Louis Scannicchio, MD

Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Amy Dewald, MA

Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Faculty Contact: Lee Limbird, PhD

Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Rayyan Yassin, MEng

Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Judith Thorn, PhD

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Shubhik K. DebBurman, Ph.D.

Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

  • Faculty Contact: Nancy Wall, Ph.D

Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Laura Moore, Ph.D

North Central College, Naperville, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: Marguerite Degenhardt, DNP, APRN

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

  • Faculty Contact: David Nissim-Sabat

Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin

  • Faculty Contact: Barbara Sisson, Ph.D

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Faculty Contact: Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D. 

St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin

  • Faculty Contact: Jeffrey Frick, PhD

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 

  • Faculty Contact: Candice Eisenhauer

Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

  • Faculty Contact: Quo Vadis M. Webster, MA, LPC


For detailed requirements to apply as an affiliated student please contact the faculty contact listed above and Molly Spurlock at