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.

Summer 2019

  • The College of Health Science application is open from February 11 through May 3, 2019.
  • The College of Nursing application was open from March 4 through March 17, 2019.
  • The Graduate College does not offer courses for Students-at-Large during the summer term.

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

    • Clinical Nutrition
      • NTR 612: Advanced Nutrition Care II
      • NTR 691: Nutrition Epidemiology
    • Health Sciences
      • HSC 350: Medical Physiology
      • HSC 362: Clinical Immunology
      • HSC 372: Medical Terminology
      • HSC 454: Principles of Biochemistry
      • HSC 467: Issues and Trends in Health Care
    • Imaging Sciences
      • IS 314: Pathophysiology
      • IS 325: Pharmacology
      • IS 331: Education
      • IS 340: MRI Safety
      • IS 448: Clinical Seminar I
      • IS 458: Leadership
      • IS 463: Research and Statistical Methods
    • Respiratory Care
      • RCP 531: Critical Respiratory Care
      • RCP 532: Pulmonary Function Testing
      • RCP 533: Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      • SLP 526: Speech Sound Disorders
      • SLP 540: Head and Neck Cancer Management
      • SLP 542L: Tracheostomy and Ventilator

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

    The Graduate College SAL Policies and Course Offerings

    The Graduate College does not offer courses for Students-at-Large during the summer term.

    Questions? Please contact Anthony Davis, Student Recruitment Manager, at