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.

Spring 2019 - Classes begin Wednesday, January 2, 2019

  • The College of Health Science and Graduate College applications are open from October 8 through December 26, 2018.
  • The College of Nursing application was open from October 16 through November 12, 2018.

Summer 2019

  • Check back early next year regarding the Summer 2019 application windows.

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

    Admission Decisions

    Each college determines which SAL applicants are accepted and denied shortly after the 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 tuition assistance (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 degree or certificate program if the student is subsequently admitted to a program.
    College of Health Sciences SAL Policies and Course Offerings

    For Spring 2019, the following College of Health Sciences courses are available to Students-at-Large:

    • Clinical Nutrition
      • NTR 611: Advanced Nutrition Care
      • NTR 622: Micronutrient, Phytochemicals
      • NTR 623: Maternal Infant Nutrition
    • Health Sciences
      • HSC 350: Medical Physiology
      • HSC 358: Global Health
      • HSC 372: Medical Terminology
      • HSC 445: Fundamentals of Neuroscience
    • Health Systems Management
      • HSM 688: Topics in Health Systems Management - Health Equity
      • HSM 688: Topics in Health Systems Management - Introduction to Human-Centered Design
      • HSM 688: Topics in Health Systems Management - Lean Six Sigma
      • HSM 688: Topics in Health Systems Management - Managing Diversity
      • HSM 688: Topics in Health Systems Management - Practice Management
    • Imaging Sciences
      • IS 318: Patient Assessment
      • IS 331: Education
      • IS 336: MRI Physics
      • IS 338: Advanced Radiation Biology
      • IS 444: MRI Positioning/Protocols
      • IS 454: Healthcare Ethics and Cultural Competency
      • IS 458: Leadership
    • Medical Laboratory Science
      • MLS 505: Clinical Chemistry II
      • MLS 524: Clinical Immunohematology
      • MLS 534: Clinical Microbiology I
    • Respiratory Care
      • RCP 522: Pulmonary Disease
      • RCP 523: Mechanical Ventilation
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      • SLP 558: Dysphagia
      • SLP 567: Dysarthria

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

    Questions? Please contact or (312) 942-7120. 

    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 531: Advanced Pharmacology (pre-req NSG 532 and NSG 533)
    • 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.

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

    Questions? Please contact Jennifer Thorndyke at or (312) 563-7526.

    The Graduate College SAL Policies and Course Offerings

    For Spring 2019, the following Graduate College courses are available to Students-at-Large:

    • BCH 571: Medical Biochemistry for Graduate Students
    • BCH 624: Connective Tissue Biochemistry
    • BMC 506: Human Movements and Kinematics
    • BMC 507: Bioengineering Materials
    • CRE 523: Readings in Clinical Research
    • GCC 504: Functional Tissue Biology
    • GCC 506: Biomedical Ethics
    • GCC 507: Biomedical Statistics
    • GCC 508: Writing Practicum
    • GCC 510: Introduction to Pharmacology (must be taken with GCC 504: Functional Tissue Biology)
    • GCC 544: Advanced Biomedical Statistics
    • GCC 547: Principles of Biostatistics II
    • GCC 549: Bioinformatics II
    • GCC 550: Practical Bioinformatics
    • GCC 552: Introduction to Regulatory Process
    • GCC 630: Microbiome in Health and Disease
    • GCC 642: Biosolid Mechanics

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

    Questions? Please contact Laurice Knox at or (312) 563-3391.