Academics

Non-Degree Seeking Students

What Is Non-Degree Seeking?

The non-degree seeking option is for students who are interested in nursing but are not ready to commit to a nursing degree program. The non-degree option provides the opportunity to explore an undergraduate degree, experience graduate coursework, or enhance a nursing career.

Note: Non-Degree Seeking status does not guarantee admission.


  • Undergraduate

    Non-Degree Option

    Non-Degree Admission

    Non-degree seeking student enrollment is offered a space-available basis and has been established for those individuals who, while not interested in earning a degree, would like to enroll in undergraduate courses in the College of Nursing.

    See the Office of the Registrar's website for the non-degree seeking application and information regarding non-degree admission to the university.

    Important Notes

    • Undergraduate courses taken as a non-degree seeking student will not be utilized in the student's grade point average (GPA).
    • An individual enrolling as a non-degree seeking student who plans to complete a degree-seeking application to the university may not apply more than 14 semester hours toward an undergraduate nursing degree unless enrolled in a Pathways program offered through INTO USF or other approved programs.
    • Students interested in a College of Nursing undergraduate major should see their program of interest for the application process and required steps to apply.

    For additional information regarding the non-degree seeking option see the Undergraduate Catalog.

  • Graduate

    Non-Degree Option

    Non-Degree Admission

    Non-degree seeking student enrollment is offered on a space-available basis and has been established for those individuals who, while not interested in earning a degree, would like to enroll in graduate courses in the College of Nursing.

    Only the following graduate courses are available for non-degree admission:

    • NGR 6152    Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (4)      
    • NGR 6172    Pharmacology for Advanced Nurse Practitioner (4)         
    • NGR 6638    Health Promotion, Clinical Prevention & Pop Health for Advanced Nursing (3)
    • NGR 6733    Organization & System Leadership & Quality Improvement for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

    Application Process

    1. See the Office of the Registrar's website for the non-degree seeking application and information regarding non-degree admission to the university.
    2. Once admitted, contact the College of Nursing Student Affairs Office at nurstudent@health.usf.edu to request approval to register.
    3. Once approved, register for the course in OASIS via MyUSF.

    Important Note

    • Admission into a graduate course does not imply automatic acceptance into a graduate nursing degree program. 

    For additional information regarding the non-degree seeking option see the Graduate Catalog.