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College of Health Sciences Rush University

  • Chicago, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 85%15%
    student ratio
  • 220
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The College of Health Sciences at Rush University

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Rush University was founded in 1975 to prepare students for lives as outstanding practitioners and leaders in providing quality health care. Today CHS offers 20 undergraduate degree, graduate degree, and certificate programs from 10 academic departments in 14 professional areas of study. Each program uses an integrated, hands-on approach to learning that includes patient care, research, service, and scholarship.

CHS graduates have become leaders in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, long-term care facilities, physician's offices, industry, and research facilities.

Doctor of Audiology Program

CHS offers a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program that has been ranked number 10 in the nation by "U.S. News and World Report." Students complete 4 levels of clinical education, including clerkships, internships, and practica. They must demonstrate competencies at each level.

The 4-year program is comprised of 166 hours of coursework, and includes a full-time, 12-month externship placement. Clinical placements are offered on campus or off campus through an extensive network of Chicago-area hospitals, clinics, schools, and specialty settings. Clinical facilities at Rush University include Rush Children's Hospital, the Rush geriatric interdisciplinary team training program, the audiology and speech-language pathology clinic, and the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center for elderly and rehabilitation patients.

Ph.D. in Health Sciences

CHS offers a rigorous and comprehensive Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Sciences program designed to prepare health science professionals for advanced roles in their fields. The program links the study of biomedical sciences, clinical research, and practice, in part through a required 1- to 3-year research project. Ph.D. graduates are prepared to use their broad-based, interdisciplinary education in roles as academicians, clinical researchers, and leaders in allied health.

The program's curriculum is built upon the 3 core competencies of education, leadership, and research and statistics, as well as 10 professional tracks: audiology, clinical nutrition, health systems management, medical laboratory science, medical physics, occupational therapy, perfusion technology, physician assistant studies, respiratory care, and speech-language pathology.

10 Master's Programs in Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences offers 10 master's programs through 8 departments. The Department of Clinical Nutrition offers a Master's of Clinical Nutrition for registered dieticians. Students may also elect to combine the program with a dietetic internship.

The Department of Clinical Sciences offers 2 degree programs: the Master of Science (M.S.) in Perfusion Technology degree program and the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies degree program. The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences offers an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology degree program. The Department of Health Systems Management offers an M.S. in Health Systems Management degree program.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science offers 2 degree programs: the M.S. in Medical Laboratory Science program and the M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Management program. The Department of Occupational Therapy offers an M.S. in Occupational Therapy degree program. The Department of Research Administration offers an M.S. in Research Administration degree program. The Department of Respiratory Care offers an M.S. in Respiratory Care degree program.

Certificate and Residency Programs

The College of Health Sciences offers a Specialist in Blood Bank (SBB) Certificate program. The program answers the need for a growing number of certified specialists, allowing students to expand their opportunities for employment upon completion. The flexible, year-long program is completed completely online.

The 3-year Residency Program in Medical Physics provides postdoctoral training with specialized instruction, research opportunities, and clinical training in cancer radiation treatment-related areas of medical physics. Trainees complete the program with sufficient academic and clinical experience to be eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology in 1 or more branches of medical radiological physics.

A Focus on Interdisciplinary Research

The College of Health Sciences is dedicated to completing research that makes an important contribution to improving health care. Rush prides itself on collaboration and interdisciplinary research, and faculty members participate directly in research and other scholarly activities. Areas of research include allied health work force issues, allied health training and education, disease prevention and management of chronic disease, and health promotion and wellness.

Active Faculty Practitioners and Researchers

The faculty members of Rush University's College of Health Sciences are active researchers and instructors whose interests and expertise reach beyond the classroom. For instance, Dr. Edward Blazek conducts active research in biological sciences and neoplasms, and has an interest in researching subpopulations of brain tumor cells.

Professor Clayton Thomason serves as a chair of the Department of Religion and Ethics in Medicine. An ordained Episcopalian priest, Thomason researches spiritual assessment in medicine and the role of spiritual values in bioethical decisions, among other topics.

In addition to instructing for the clinical nutrition department, Dr. Ellis Pool is the manager of food and nutrition services at Rush University Medical Center. She brings over 40 years of dietitian experience to her positions.

Financial Aid Opportunities at the Rush University

The College of Health Sciences at Rush University has dedicated financial aid opportunities for students enrolled in the allied health programs. Need- and merit-based scholarships available include the HSM Alumni Scholarship, Grad Assistant CDS Research Scholarship, OT Department Award, and Diversity Scholarship. In addition, loan programs available include the Rush University Loan, Jane Wheeler Warren Fund, and Woman's Board Loan.

Rush University -- Offering Medical Training within a Top Medical Center

Rush University is a small, private institution located within the Rush University Medical Center. The university offers 30 unique degree and certificate options in medicine, nursing, allied health, and biomedical research. Rush is nationally recognized for its practitioner-teacher model, nurturing academic environment, translational research, and focus on community and global health. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks Rush University among the Best Graduate Schools in the nation.

Rush University is located in Chicago, Illinois, less than 5 minutes west of downtown.

Location & Contact

College of Health Sciences

Rush University

600 South Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612-3832
United States

Dr. Paul Carvey

Ms. Hicela Woods

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Graduate Certificate
      Doctor of Audiology (Au D)
      Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 64
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 217
    • Accepted 151
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 105
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 213 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students220
    • Female Percentage85%
    • Male Percentage15%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students220
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Full-time Percentage79%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian73%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian10%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty239
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%



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