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. This application is not intended for Nursing Specialty Certificate programs.

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 via the application portal.

  • 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 will send you an email confirming approval to enroll. Notifications are typically sent 2-4 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Once your enrollment has been approved, you will be contacted by the Office of Admissions with further instructions on how 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

Students will register for their courses through DukeHub. After being admitted and matriculated, students will receive specific instructions from the Office of Student Services regarding pre-enrollment requirements and course registration.

For questions regarding course registration, contact the School of Nursing Registrar.


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.

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