Rush University agreement opens doors for Lewis students

Rush University agreement opens doors for Lewis University students

Published: August 15, 2012.

Lewis University Biology students now have another great option when seeking graduate school, Rush University in Chicago. An agreement between the two universities allows for a shortened length of study for a clinical specialty masterís degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Perfusion Technology or Respiratory Care. The 3+2 agreement enables students to earn a bachelorís degree at Lewis University in three years before moving on to a two-year masterís program at Rush University thereby shortening the length of time to earn both degrees from six years to five.

ďFor our students who want a profession in healthcare, but donít necessarily want to go to medical school, this agreement provides a cost effective option as it shortens their time in school. Iím excited about the variety of opportunities we have for our students in careers that are in high demand,Ē said Dr. Erin Zimmer, associate professor of Biology at Lewis University and member of the Rush University Vascular Ultrasound Advisory Board.

Careers in clinical labs, molecular diagnostics and clinical microbiology require a masterís degree that can be obtained through this program. Lewis University students also have reserved status for admission into the programs if they meet the requirements.

Lewis Universityís Biology program allows students to strategically customize their path to future studies and careers with a variety of course options. Clinical Specialty bachelor degrees already available include: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiography and Vascular Ultrasound. The new programs will provide greater opportunities for Biology majors.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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