They are similar programs, both being 12.5 months in length. I would reccommend going to info meetings on both. I applied to Rush last year, and was wait listed, so I applied to Loyola after not getting into Rush and was accepted and start at Loyola in a few weeks. Prior to acceptance at Rush, you take the Teas. You take the same exact test at Loyola, but only after you have been accepted. At Loyola you also need to take a Critical Thinking test. I have a friend who started at Rush, and dropped because it was just too intense. At Rush, it is straight through...not much time for a break. At Loyola, their program follows the schedule with the regular university, so you follow their break schedule, meaning two weeks off in August, Christmas...etc. I feel very stronly that Loyola is the better choice for me. Courses are pretty much the same (Pharama, Patho, Clinical Nutrition..and then onto Clinicals). Loyola's nursing program, as a whole, is the oldest in the state, so that has to say something. (And I did hear that Rush's program is chaning). Hope this helps.