Frequently Asked Questions

What is a the difference between continuing professional studies (CPS) and continuing
education (CE) course and certificate programs?

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL STUDIES are non-credit educational experiences designed to expand the skills, knowledge and experience that take you beyond your initial education. CONTINUING EDUCATION are courses of study that provide formal credit applicable to maintaining your licensure. For example, many CE courses at Rush offer continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians

Can I receive dual credit? CE/PX/CME?

Learners can claim only one kind of formal continuing education credit. For example, if a course is interprofessional and offers CME and CNE, the learner must choose which one of those types of credit they are claiming on a formal record.

Who designs the courses and certificate programs available at Rush University?

All courses offered at Rush are designed and presented by faculty who are expert in a given content area. Even if a single faculty member is not employed by Rush, there is a course director from Rush who has selected that person to teach based on his/her knowledge and credentials.

Can I take classes even though I do not want credit for the curriculum presented?

Yes. We offer CE credit of various types, but it is up to the learner to claim any kind of CE credit.

How do I register for a program?

To register for a course, click the green button that says “Sign In.” Some of our courses that run in conjunction with our educational partners require registration through the course website itself. Click on the “Visit Website” button to be taken directly to the course website.

How is accreditaion determined?

A course is accredited for CE by having met the standards of Joint Accreditation, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and/or the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

How can I be sure which programs are accredited?

Any course designated for credit will have a formal designation statement. Look for “Rush University Medical Center designates this …” to find out what kind and how much credit any course is eligible for.

What are the technology requirements?

You will need a high-speed internet connection and the most recent version of Safari, Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Chrome, or Firefox.

Will I have access to technical support? If so, is there an after-hours help desk for online users?

Technical support is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST. It can be reached by email at or calling (312) 942-7119.

Can I access a program that I already completed?

Yes, you can always go back and access content that you have already completed. Programs and individual certificates inside the program are available for viewing until the expiration date listed in the course details. Credit transcripts are always available here

Can I download a program I completed on more than one platform? Is there an extra charge to do so?

Programs are streaming in nature and not downloadable. Some courses may have supplemental materials that you may download for future reference.

I’m a Mac user. Is there a way to ensure the programs will operate properly on my system before I register?

You will need a high-speed internet connection and the most recent version of Safari, Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Chrome, or Firefox.

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