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.
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 2023 (January start)||October 31, 2022||January 23, 2023|
|Summer 2023 (May start)||March 27, 2023||June 5, 2023|
|Fall 2023 (August start)||July 3, 2023||August 28, 2023|
How to Apply
What to do after you have applied
As you consider the non-degree enrollment option, please keep the following in mind:
Non-Degree Application Opens
March 27, 2023
Non-Degree Application & Enrollment Request Deadline
May 14, 2023
Certificate Program Enrollment Request Deadline
May 14, 2023
NEXus Enrollment Request Deadline
May 14, 2023
Summer Semester Dates
June 5 - August 18, 2023
(Including Finals Week)
June 9, 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.
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:
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 $60.00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.