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Driving Forces That Make Us a National Leader in Health Care

Superior Reputation

U.S. News and World Report ranks RUSH University College of Nursing 1st for DNP programs and 13th for MSN programs among the 600 nursing colleges with graduate programs. We are also ranked in the top 5 in seven nursing specialties with 3 programs ranked 1st in the nation. Additionally, we are ranked 1st for online graduate nursing programs. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers for their excellent clinical and leadership preparation, and ability to focus on improving health outcomes at a systems level.

Program Excellence and an Engaged Faculty

Students learn in a dynamic environment where teaching, clinical practice and research are integrated.  Faculty "practice what they teach".  Over 75% of our faculty members are doctorally prepared and many are Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. A low student-to-faculty ratio allows for increased interaction in class and clinical experience, and greater personal attention for the student.  Pass rates for RN licensure and advanced practice certification exams are substantially higher than the national average.

An Education With Value to Complement Busy Lifestyles

As a top-ranked college of nursing in the United States, RUSH’s tuition is extremely attractive. We have worked hard to keep our costs down without affecting the quality of education our students receive. Program length is efficient; the part-time advanced practice DNP programs average a little over three years in length, the part-time post-master’s systems leadership DNP is two years.

Quality Instruction Available at a Distance

Many programs can be taken online with only a few campus visits over the entire program. Online courses and programs are taught by the same qualified faculty who teach on campus. Outstanding full-time and part-time programs of study are available to accommodate diverse lifestyles.

Admissions Experience

The RUSH University College of Nursing admissions team provides personalized attention to prospective students. Questions are answered promptly by competent and knowledgeable admissions specialists. The college uses a centralized electronic application service, NursingCAS, so no paper files, no lost documents during the application process. 


In the creation and delivery of our innovative educational programs quality, cost, efficiency and excellent outcomes were all important considerations.  For these reasons and more, RUSH has been a leader in nursing education and a top choice among pre-nursing students and RNs seeking to progress professionally.