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 2020

  • The Spring 2020 College of Nursing SAL Application was open until Monday, October 21.
  • The Spring 2020 College of Health Sciences SAL Application is open now until Tuesday, December 24. To apply, click here. For instructions on how to apply, click here.
  • The Spring 2020 Graduate College SAL Application is open now until Tuesday, December 24. Please Note: Effective Spring 2020, the portal for the Graduate College SAL application will differ from the one previously used. 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 Spring 2020, the following College of Health Sciences courses are available to Students-at-Large:

    • Clinical Laboratory Management
      • CLM 503: Method Comparison & Process Validation
      • CLM 504: Scientific & Technical Writing
      • CLM 505: Health Care Finance
    • Clinical Nutrition
      • NTR 611: Advanced Nutrition Care I
      • NTR 622: Micronutrients, Phytochemicals and Dietary Supplements in Nutrition
      • NTR 623: Maternal Infant Nutrition
      • NTR 692: Seminar in Clinical Nutrition
    • Health Sciences
      • HSC 372: Medical Terminology
    • Health Systems Management
      • HSM 688: Topics in Health Systems Management
        • Section 4: Consulting
        • Section 5: Practice Management
        • Section 6: Lean Six Sigma
        • Section 7: Health Equity
        • Section 9: Introduction to Human-Centered Design
        • Section 10: Move the Crowd
        • Section 11: Supply Chain Management in Healthcare
      • Please click here to review the HSM 688 course descriptions.
    • Imaging Sciences
      • IS 336: MRI Physics
      • IS 338: Advanced Radiation Biology
      • IS 444: MRI Positioning/Protocols
    • Medical Laboratory Science
      • MLS 505: Clinical Chemistry II
      • MLS 524: Clincal Immunohematology
      • MLS 534: Clinical Microbiology I
      • MLS 588: Comprehensive Review
    • Respiratory Care
      • RCP 522: Pulmonary Disease
      • RCP 523: Mechanical Ventilation
    • Specialist in Blood Bank
      • SBB 562: Blood Procurement and Blood Product Manufacturing
      • SBB 563: Blood Bank/Transfusion Service Operation
    • Speech-Language Pathology
      • SLP 522: Language Disorders in Children II: Age Six Through Adolescence (audit only)
      • SLP 558: Dysphagia
      • SLP 567: Dysarthria
      • SLP 568: Cognition of Acquired Language and Communication Disorders

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

    Questions? Please contact Andra Barnes, Admissions Specialist, at 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 Spring 2020, the following Graduate College courses are available to Students-at-Large:

    • CRE-523: Readings in Clinical Research
    • GCC-504: Functional Tissue Biology
    • GCC-506: Biomedical Ethics
    • GCC-508: Writing Practicum
    • GCC-510: Introduction to Pharmacology
    • GCC-547: Principles of Biostatistics II
    • GCC-552: Introduction to Regulatory Process
    • GCC-621: Vascular Biology
    • GCC-630: Microbiome in Health and Disease
    • GCC-642: Biosolid Mechanics
    • GCC-652: The Changing Nervous System
    • GCC-695: Advanced Topics Seminar for Cardiovascular & Respiratory Biology
    • GCC-697: Advanced Topics Seminar for Musculoskeletal Track
    • GCC-900: Independent Study: Communications

    Questions? Please contact