Nondegree Enrollment Option

The Duke University School of Nursing’s nondegree enrollment option provides an opportunity for students already holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution to enroll as nondegree-seeking students in graduate courses in certain majors without being formally admitted to the School of Nursing. Nondegree enrollment students can earn up to seven graduate credits. Duke University School of Nursing maintains official transcripts for all students using the nondegree enrollment option, documenting attendance and earned grade(s) in the course(s). Financial aid is not available to students using the non-degree enrollment option.

Nondegree students must satisfy the appropriate prerequisites for each course before enrolling.

Required Application Materials

  • Completion of the online application for nondegree consideration.

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended.

  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.

  • Clinical courses require:

    • Two letters of reference from employers, and

    • Evidence of licensure as a nurse in North Carolina or a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). All students from states participating in the NLC must provide proof of licensure to the Office of Admissions and Student Services. (Information about North Carolina licensure procedures, the Nurse Licensure Compact, and verification of licensure is provided in the Licensures and Certifications section of this chapter.

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, payable by credit or debit card online.

The nondegree application must be received by the deadline for the semester during which the course will be offered. Requests for nondegree status will be considered within two weeks after the appropriate deadline. Nondegree students are admitted to individual classes by permission of the instructor on a space-available basis. If permission to take a course is granted by the faculty, the student will be notified by the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

Admission as a nondegree student in the School of Nursing does not imply or guarantee admission to a degree program. If a nondegree student is later admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing Program, a maximum of seven credit hours earned as a nondegree student will be accepted toward the MSN degree.