Non-Degree Enrollment

A Pathway for Academic and Professional Fulfillment

Do you want to explore the University of Colorado College of Nursing before applying for formal graduate admission or complete a graduate-level course for professional development? If so, enrollment through the non-degree option might be right for you.

The CU College of Nursing Non-Degree Enrollment Option offers BSN-prepared RNs the opportunity to enroll in a graduate level course without being formally admitted to the College. Students enrolled through the non-degree enrollment option are held to the same standards as all students enrolled at the College. Courses completed as a non-degree student will appear on a CU College of Nursing transcript.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Courses: All non-degree enrollment requests for graduate-level courses require a baccalaureate degree in nursing OR a bachelor’s degree in another discipline with permission to enroll from the course instructor or specialty director.

Doctoral Courses: All non-degree enrollment requests for doctoral-level courses require a master of science in nursing degree or a master’s degree in another discipline with permission to enroll from the instructor and program director.

Once the application is submitted, the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will initiate the faculty approvals to enroll.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted during a limited window each semester. The application closes two weeks prior to the start of the semester with notifications being issued shortly thereafter. The application open/close dates are as follows:

Term Application Open Classes Start
Spring 2022 (January start)November 1, 2021January 24, 2022
Summer 2022 (May start)March 1, 2022June 6, 2022
Fall 2022 (August start)July 1, 2022August 29, 2022

How to Apply

  • Complete Non-Degree Enrollment Request
    • Before starting the application, be sure to have read through the list of eligible courses to indicate your intent in the application. You should have the course number and name before starting.
    • The Non-Degree Enrollment Request is submitted through NursingCAS. There is an application fee of $55.00 (paid to NursingCAS) to apply for non-degree enrollment.

What to do after you have applied

  • Notification on courses approved including the registration instructions will be delivered to approved students two weeks prior to the start of the term.
  • Non-degree students are encouraged to review the payment dates and deadlines as a quick response to the non-degree offer will be needed to ensure timely enrollment. All regular payment dates and deadlines apply.
  • View the information regarding the tuition and fees for non-degree students. Please note that non-degree students are not eligible for reduced tuition rates or federal financial aid.
  • Enrollment requests are processed in the order they were received, so interested students are encouraged to apply early.

As you consider the non-degree enrollment option, please keep the following in mind:

  • Each semester a limited number of seats are made available to prospective students seeking non-degree enrollment. It is not guaranteed that a non-degree application will be accepted/or that the course(s) available will be offered.
  • Course approvals are only granted for one term. A new non-degree application will be required for subsequent term enrollment. Selection is based on a first-come/first-served basis. Preference is not given or held for students who previously enrolled through this option.
  • CU College of Nursing graduate degree programs allows up to 12 credits to be transferred toward a degree. It is the responsibility of the student to verify the courses have been applied appropriately once matriculated.
  • While the CU College of Nursing is a CCNE accredited program, it does not guarantee the transfer of credits into other institutions.

Important Dates


Spring 2023

Non-Degree Application Opens
October 31, 2022

Non-Degree Application & Enrollment Request Deadline
January 2, 2023

Certificate Program Enrollment Request Deadline
January 2, 2023

NEXus Enrollment Request Deadline
January 2, 2023

Spring Semester Dates
January 23 - May 19, 2023
(Including Finals Week)

Drop Deadline
February 3, 2023 at 5pm MT

The list below is for the upcoming semester only, but you can find the complete CU College of Nursing course offerings for the last three semesters in the Course Schedule.

Non-Degree Course List

If you are enrolling in the non-degree program, with the intention of eventually applying for CU Nursing MSN admission, please note that the following four courses are a part of the nursing core. These courses can be taken in any order, and at least one of them will be offered each semester:

  • NURS 6​009 - Theory Foundations of Advanced Nursing (3 Credits)
  • NURS 6070 - Policy and Politics (3 Credits)
  • NURS 6109 - Applied Evidence Based Practice (3 Credits)
  • NURS 6286 - Foundations Informatics (3 Credits)

Q: I am returning as a non-degree student for an additional term, but I cannot access my account?
A: Your account username and password are the same. If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it at passport.ucdenver.edu/passwordreset. Please note that if you are attempting to register, you must complete a new non-degree application form.

Q: Is there an application fee to take a course as a non-degree student?
A: Yes, the application fee of $55.00 is charged by and paid to NursingCAS.

Q: If I have questions about the non-degree process, who should I contact?
A: Please email the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at nursing.admissions@cudenver.edu

Q: If I am interested in the graduate certificate, is my process different?
A: There are similarities between the graduate certificate and non-degree process. Please be sure to have read the graduate certificate information to ensure that you have enrolled for the appropriate courses. Graduate Certificate students are not eligible to enroll in courses outside of their assigned curriculum plan.