Student-at-Large Information

Individuals who have not formally matriculated to a Rush University degree or certificate program, but who wish to enroll in a course, may do so by completing the Student-at-Large application.

Please note: Completing the Student-at-Large application does not guarantee admission as a Student-at-Large, or SAL. Each college maintains requirements regarding acceptance, which can be found below. Additionally, the University policy regarding SAL should be reviewed before applying.

Application Information

Each College determines the availability of its SAL application.

The Fall 2021 College of Nursing SAL Application will open from Monday, May 10 until Sunday, June 20. To apply, click here. For instructions on how to apply, click here

The Summer 2021 College of Health Sciences SAL Application will open from Monday, February 8 until Sunday, April 25. To apply, click here. For instructions on how to apply, click here

Admission Decisions

Each college determines which SAL applicants are accepted and denied. College of Health Sciences and Graduate College decisions occur on a rolling basis, while College of Nursing decisions occur en masse shortly after their application window closes. Representatives from each college will contact their applicants directly to communicate a decision.

Method of Payment

If admitted and enrolled as an SAL, payment is due to the Office of Student Financial Affairs via the University Portal by the end of the first week of classes.

Rush employees seeking to use internal Educational Assistance Benefit (EAB) funds, formerly known as LEAP, should complete all necessary paperwork with Human Resources by their deadline. Please note, this deadline may fall before your application to be a Student-at-Large is approved. For more information, please visit Inside Rush.

University SAL Policy

A summary of the University SAL policy can be found below. For more detailed information, please review the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.

  • Rush Medical College courses are not available to SALs.
  • Clinical courses are not available to SALs.
  • SALs are responsible for being academically prepared for requested courses.
  • Current degree- and certificate-seeking students have enrollment priority over SALs.
    • SALs may be removed from courses if degree- and certificate-seeking students need to enroll in them. Refunds will be issued if payment has already occurred.
  • Students may accumulate up to 12 credit hours as SALs; college deans/associate deans must authorize the accumulation of additional hours.
  • Credit earned as an SAL will not necessarily apply toward a Rush degree or certificate program if the student is subsequently admitted to a program.
College of Health Sciences SAL Policies and Course Offerings

The list of the available courses for Summer 2021 is below.

To apply, click here. For instructions on how to apply, click here.

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CLM 507 - Issues & Practices in Human Resource Management

CLM 508 - Health Care Informatics

IS-340 - MRI Safety

MLS 515 - Hematology II

MLS 535 - Clinical Microbiology II

SLP-540 - Head and Neck Cancer Management

SLP-542L - Tracheostomy and Ventilator Lab

College of Nursing SAL Policies and Course Offerings

The College of Nursing maintains the following policies in addition to those of the University:

  • Nursing SALs must have a current RN license.
  • For students planning to apply to a Nursing degree or certificate program after completion of SAL credits:
    • Grades of B or better must be obtained in all SAL courses to be considered for future admission into a program.
    • Due to the sequencing of courses, taking courses as a SAL may not shorten the length of time it takes to complete a program.
      • The college recommends discussing such plans with the appropriate Program Coordinator prior to SAL application/enrollment.

The following College of Nursing courses are available to Students-at-Large every term:

  • NSG 521: Organizational & Systems Leadership (pre/co-req NSG 523)
  • NSG 522: Applied Epidemiology & Biostatistics for Nursing Practice (no pre-req)
  • NSG 523: Research for Evidence-Based Practice (pre/co-req NSG 522)
  • NSG 524: Health Promotion in Individuals & Clinical Populations (pre-req NSG 522)
  • NSG 532: Advanced Physiology (no pre-req)
  • NSG 533: Advanced Pathophysiology (pre-req NSG 532)

All classes are offered online. Occasionally, a course may be available on-campus; the application will denote such offerings. Effective Fall 2019, NSG-531: Advanced Pharmacology will no longer be offered to Students-at-Large.

To apply, click here. For instructions on how to apply, click here.

Questions? Please contact Machelle McInerney, Department Manager, at or (312) 942-0785.

The Graduate College SAL Policies and Course Offerings
The deadline to apply to The Graduate College for Spring 2021 is December 4. Please click here to apply.