Non-degree Enrollment Options

For individuals wishing to take classes for personal or professional enrichment, the non-degree enrollment option provides an opportunity to enroll in courses without being formally admitted to the Duke University School of Nursing. The non-degree enrollment option is available for students already holding a bachelor’s degree who are interested in taking graduate courses.

Non-degree enrollment option students can earn up to seven graduate credits. Duke University School of Nursing maintains official transcripts for all students using the non-degree 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.

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted for the non-degree enrollment option until two weeks prior to the start of each semester. Enrollment decisions are made by course instructors on a space-available basis.

Application Requirement
  • Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

How to Apply
  • Complete the online non-degree enrollment option application and upload all required documentation.

  • Pay the $50 application fee. The fee can be paid by check or money order and should be mailed to the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

    • Duke School of Nursing
      Office of Admissions
      DUMC 3322
      307 Trent Dr.
      Durham, NC 27710

  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be sent via a School’s electronic transcript delivery system to

Notification Process

The Office of Admissions and Student Services will send you an email confirming approval to enroll. Notifications are typically sent 2-4 weeks prior to the start of the semester. To finalize your enrollment you must submit a $150 tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

Once your tuition deposit has been received, the Office of Admissions and Student Services will request that your Net ID and password be created. You will need your Net ID and password to log in to your Duke email account and to register for classes.

If you do not receive a Net ID/password, please contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at 919-684-2200 or


Non-degree students may need to meet certain compliance requirements before enrolling. These requirements may include the following:

  • Background check

  • Drug screen

  • Immunizations

Registration Process

Duke’s online registration system is called ACES. Your Net ID and password are required to access this system. Before logging in to ACES, please read and review the Help Document for ACES, which provides the basic registration/enrollment instructions.

If you have trouble registering for classes, please contact the School of Nursing Registrar at

In addition to registration, ACES offers the following features and more:

  • View your academic history

  • Monitor bursar account activity

  • Request a transcript

  • Update your address


Payments for tuition and fees are due prior to the start of the semester. Duke University accepts e-check or mailed checks; credit/debit card tuition payments are not accepted. Financial aid is not available for non-degree students.

Your Duke Email Account

The University and the School of Nursing uses only your Duke email account for official University communication. You are solely responsible for assuring and maintaining email access at all times. Help is available if you are having difficulty setting up or logging in to your Duke email account.

Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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