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Coursework Only

The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers students flexibility. For nursing professionals who are interested in expanding their education but are currently not ready or are unable to pursue an advanced degree, UMSON’s non-degree learning program provides an alternative.


If you’re a baccalaureate- or master's-prepared nurse who hopes to pursue a graduate degree at a later date—or have not yet completed all admission requirements—you may apply for non-degree/coursework-only (CWO) status. This allows you to enroll in and register for non-clinical graduate-level nursing courses.

You may take a maximum of two courses under CWO status. However, space is limited in many classes and degree-seeking students get priority consideration.

If you’re a non-degree student but expect to pursue full-degree status later, you must submit a second application to the School of Nursing and follow all admission policies. As a CWO student, you cannot qualify for financial aid and aren’t guaranteed admission to future graduate degree programs. If you’re accepted as a degree student, no more than two classes may be taken and counted toward your future graduate degree program.

Program Details

Courses recommended for all students pursuing an MS or DNP degree:

  • NRSG 790: Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice
  • NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice
  • NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion in Health Care
  • NRSG 782: Organizational and Systems Leadership

Additional courses for students interested in pursuing APRN degrees:

  • NPHY 612: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 723: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Across the Lifespan

Additional courses for students interested in pursuing the DNP degree:

  • NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice
  • NURS 810: Evidence-based Policy Development
  • NURS 834: Translating Evidence Practice (prerequisite NRSG 790)

Admission Requirements

  • $50 (U.S. currency) non-refundable application fee, made payable to the “University of Maryland.”
  • Copy of active State of Maryland or compact state RN license submitted by mail or fax to 410-706-7238. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing. If you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
  • An official transcript from each college, university, or professional school you have attended, whether or not credit was earned. Submit an official transcript to the Office of Student and Academic Services in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed envelopes.
  • Proof of successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science (MS) entry-into-practice (CNL) from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited program. Such proof is provided through submission of an official transcript in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of an official, sealed envelope.

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