Graduate Non-Matriculated Status

Enrollment as a Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) student allows post-baccalaureate students to take graduate level non-clinical nursing courses without being admitted to a School of Nursing degree program. Up to 12 credits taken as a GNM student can be applied towards a graduate nursing degree if you are later accepted to that degree program.

  • Course availability is not guaranteed.
  • All GNM applicants must pay a non-refundable $75 application fee
  • International students on F-1 visas are not eligible for GNM status.
  • GNM students are NOT eligible to take nursing clinical (NCLIN) courses.
  • There are 6 and 10 year limits on GNM courses used towards the fulfillment of master's and doctoral degrees, respectively.

An applicant who plans to both transfer credits from a graduate nursing program at another school and apply UW GNM credits towards a School of Nursing degree is limited to a maximum combined total of 12 credits. GNM credit may also apply to residency requirements for graduate degrees. Acceptance as a GNM student does not give priority for later admission to the Graduate School for pursuit of a degree.

Once you are admitted as a GNM student, you will be assigned a School of Nursing GNM faculty coordinator to plan your course work. All GNM students must meet with their GNM coordinator before registering for courses. Review the registration procedures and make sure you understand what you will need to do once you are admitted.


Application materials must be submitted by one of the following School of Nursing deadlines. We cannot guarantee that an application submitted after a deadline can be processed in time to allow you to enroll for the quarter of your choice.

You should contact the appropriate track advisor below before applying to make sure the courses you wish to take will be offered, as the application fee is non-refundable.

Desired Quarter of Enrollment



May 1


November 1


February 1


May 1

Important Information about GNM Status

Applicants interested in applying for GNM Status should first read the GNM Student Course Availability document.

GNM Advisors