Non-degree seeking status

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree may apply to take graduate level, non-clinical nursing classes without being admitted to a School of Nursing degree program. This is called Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) status.

You may apply up to twelve GNM credits towards a graduate nursing degree if you are later accepted into our Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) degree programs. Be aware, though, that if you plan to apply transfer credits from another graduate nursing program towards a UW graduate nursing degree, your combined total between transfer credits and GNM credits cannot exceed twelve.

GNM credits cannot be applied to graduate certificates.

Once you are admitted as a GNM student, you will be assigned a faculty coordinator to plan your class work, and you must meet with your coordinator before registering. Your adviser will contact the instructor of each class you wish to take to request permission for registration.

Download our GNM status flyer for course information

Tuition-exempt GNM students

UW/State of Washington tuition-exempt students must submit your Employee Tuition Exemption Request form two weeks prior to the start of the quarter you want to enroll. This must be done each quarter you enroll as a GNM student.

Tuition exemption cannot be used for classes listed in the Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) time schedule, and you must work with your assigned adviser to receive instructor permission to enroll in a class.

Important notes about non-degree seeking status

  • Prior to applying, contact the appropriate adviser to make sure the classes you want to take will be offered
  • Course availability is not guaranteed; priority is given to students enrolled in our graduate degree programs and instructor permission is required for each class
  • All GNM applicants pay a non-refundable $75 application fee through the UW Graduate School
  • 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 six and ten year limits on GNM classes used towards the fulfillment of master’s and doctoral degrees, respectively
  • Acceptance as a GNM student does not guarantee admission if you later apply to a graduate nursing degree program


Submit all application materials by the deadlines listed below to allow enough time to process it for the quarter of your choice.

  • Autumn Quarter: May 1
  • Winter Quarter: November 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer Quarter: May 1


The GNM application is fully online via the UW Graduate School website.

  • You will submit a fee to the UW Graduate School when you apply.
  • We do not require the GRE.
  • If you have attended non-U.S. post-secondary college-level schools, you must submit an official transcript evaluation for each school attended to the UW School of Nursing (see application instructions for details).