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 2020 College of Nursing SAL Application will open from Monday, May 11 until Sunday, June 28. To apply, click here. For instructions on how to apply, click here

The Fall 2020 College of Health Sciences SAL Application will open form Monday, June 1 until Monday, August 24. 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 2020, the following College of Health Sciences courses are available to Students-at-Large:

  • Clinical Nutrition
    • NTR 604: Core Concepts of Health and Wellness
  • Medical Laboratory Science
    • MLS 504: Clinical Chemistry I
    • MLS 514: Hematology I
    • MLS 523: Clinical Immunology
    • MLS 526: Molecular Techniques
  • 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 Linguistic Diversity
    • SLP 563: Voice Disorders
    • SLP 564: Aphasia

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

Questions? Please contact us at

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
The Graduate College does not offer summer 2020 SAL courses.

Questions? Please contact