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.

Fall 2019

  • The College of Health Sciences and Graduate College Fall 2019 applications are now open until Monday, August 26.
  • The College of Nursing Fall 2019 application is open now until Sunday, July 21.

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

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

    • Clinical Laboratory Management
      • CLM 500: Principles of Laboratory Management (cross-listed with MLS 589)
      • CLM 501: Research and Applied Statistics
      • CLM 502: Quality Systems and Regulatory Issues
    • Clinical Nutrition
      • NTR 613: Advanced Nutrition Care III
      • NTR 621: Regulation of Macronutrients and Energy
      • NTR 641: Leadership and Management in Dietetics
      • NTR 682: Research Methods Application and Special Topics in Clinical Nutrition
    • Health Sciences
      • HSC 372: Medical Terminology
      • HSC 435: Nutrition
    • Imaging Sciences
      • IS 310: Sectional Anatomy and Pathology
      • IS 328: Vascular Interventional Technology
      • IS 337: Computed Tomography Physics
      • IS 453: Computed Tomography Positioning and Protocols
    • Medical Laboratory Science
      • MLS 504: Clinical Chemistry I
      • MLS 514: Hematology I
      • MLS 523: Clinical Immunology
      • MLS 526: Molecular Techniques
      • MLS 588: Comprehensive Review
      • MLS 589: Clinical Laboratory Management (cross-listed with CLM 500)
    • Respiratory Care
      • RCP 512: Cardiopulmonary Anatomy
    • Specialist in Blood Bank
      • SBB 560: Human Blood Group Systems
      • SBB 561: Clinical Immunohematology and Transfusion
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      • SLP 510: Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology
      • SLP 521: Language Disorders in Children I: Birth through Age Five
      • SLP 523L: Instrumentation Lab
      • SLP 535: Clinical Issues in Cultural and Language Diversity

    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 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 Jennifer Thorndyke, Director of Admissions, at or (312) 563-7526.

    The Graduate College SAL Policies and Course Offerings

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

    • BTN 525: Experimental Models in Disease and Experimental Design
    • BTN 533: Laboratory Techniques III
    • CRE 559: Readings in Special Populations
    • GCC 501: Molecular Biology: Genome to Proteome
    • GCC 503: Functional Cell Biology
    • GCC 505: Techniques in Biomedical Sciences
    • GCC 546: Principles of Biostatistics I
    • GCC 593: Introduction to Grantsmanship
    • GCC 611: Cancer Biology I
    • GCC 650: Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications
    • GCC 651: Advanced Neuropharmacology/Neurophysiology
    • GCC 694: Advanced Topics for Translational Cancer Research
    • GCC 695: Advanced Topics Seminar for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Biology
    • NEU 591: Advanced Neuroscience Proseminar
    • PHR 556: Tools for Research

    Questions? Please contact Anthony Davis, Student Recruitment Manager, at or (312) 942-7994.