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This fall, nursing students at Oakton Community College can take advantage of a unique partnership with the Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago.

Students in Oakton’s associate degree nursing program may apply to Rush’s master’s degree program in clinical nurse leadership while still working toward their associate’s degree at Oakton. 

To qualify, an Oakton nursing student must:

  • Already possess a bachelor’s degree in another field.
  • Earn an associates degree in nursing from Oakton.
  • Obtain an RN licensure.

“About a third of our nursing students already have a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline,” says Margaret Gas, chair of Oakton’s nursing program. “Rush has an outstanding reputation, and so this is a great opportunity for them to enhance their education.”

In the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” released this past spring by U.S. News & World Report, the Rush University College of Nursing ranked 15th among more than 450 nursing colleges with graduate programs.

“Our partnership with Oakton really streamlines the education process for students who want to earn advanced degrees,” explains Lisa Rosenberg, associate dean for admissions and recruitment at Rush’s College of Nursing. “They’ll be able to move on to earn a master’s degree without having to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing first.”

For more information, contact Gas, at mgas@oakton.edu or 847-635-1833. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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