Enrolling as a Graduate Non-Degree Student

The College of Nursing allows students enrolled as Graduate Non-Degree students to register for select classes. You may want to enroll in a course as a Graduate Non-Degree student to begin completing coursework prior to being formally admitted to a program or to try out a course to see if a program is a good fit for you. Enrollment in classes is based on several factors including permission from the instructor, course capacity and the completion of the class prerequisite requirements. Please follow the steps outlined below to secure a placement on the internal waitlist managed by the College of Nursing Registrar.

Instructions:

Step 1:

Click on the subcategories below to view specific course or program details. The information below outlines the courses you can select from when registering for a class as a Graduate Non-Degree student and the prerequisites for specific classes.

Traditional Master’s

Graduate non-degree students interested in our Traditional Master’s option may request to enroll in the following courses:

  • NURSING 7403: Innovative Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURSING 7483: Quality Improvement and Informatics
  • NURSING 7491: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the life span
  • NURSING 7500: Health Policy and Advocacy
  • NURSING 7780: Evidence Based Practice
Post-Master’s Study Option

Graduate non-degree students interested in our Post-Master’s study option may request to enroll in the following courses:

  • NURSING 7403: Innovative Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURSING 7483: Quality Improvement and Informatics
  • NURSING 7491: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the life span
  • NURSING 7500: Health Policy and Advocacy
  • NURSING 7780: Evidence Based Practice
  • NURSING 7410: Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURSING 7330: Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment
  • NURSING 7260: Concepts and Issues in Advanced Family Nursing (if specifically interested in the Family Nurse Practitioner or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialties)
  • NURSING 7340: Neuroscience Principles and Concepts Relevant to Psychiatric and Mental Health (if specifically interested in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty)
  • NURSING 7470: Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing (can be taken if it has been five years since you previously took your advanced pharmacology course or never took an advanced pharmacology course)
Master of Clinical Research (MCR)

Graduate non-degree students interested in our MCR program may request to enroll in the following courses:

  • NURSING 7402: Economic Evaluation
  • NURSING 7404: Project Management for Healthcare and Clinical Research
  • NURSING 7770: Foundation of Medical Product Development and Regulation
  • NURSING 7781: Responsible Conduct of Research
  • NURSING 7782: Clinical Research Design and Methods
Master of Healthcare Innovation (MHI)

Graduate non-degree students interested in our MHI program may request to enroll in the following courses:

  • HCINNOV 7440: Innovation in High Performing Organizations
  • HCINNOV 7441: Innovation Leadership: Leading from Within
  • HCINNOV 7442: Building a Culture of Innovation in Health Systems
  • HCINNOV 7460: Enhancing Communication in the Innovation System
  • HCINNOV 7500: Healthcare Policy: A Case for Innovation
  • HCINNOV 7520: Utilizing Technology to Measure Outcomes in Health Systems
  • HCINNOV 7521: Best Practices in Organizational Operations
  • HCINNOV 7522: Fundamentals of Design Thinking in Healthcare
  • HCINNOV 7780: Evidence-Based Practice for Innovation in Organizations
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Graduate non-degree students interested in our DNP program may request to enroll in the following courses:

  • NRSPRCT 8402: Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse
  • NRSPRCT 8403: Science of Practice Innovation
  • NRSPRCT 8404: Nurse Executive Leadership
  • NRSPRCT 8480: Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • NRSPRCT 8490: Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care
  • NRSPRCT 8500: Nursing Policy for Doctoral Nursing Practice
  • NURSING 8510: Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy
  • NRSPRCT 8600: Organizational Culture
  • NRSPRCT 8610: Informatics for Leadership in Health and Healthcare
  • NRSPRCT 8781: Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship
  • NRSPRCT 8782: Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
  • NRSPRCT 8890: Doctor of Nursing Practice Professional Seminar
Certificate Programs
Step 2:

Once you identify the class you would like permission to enter, visit the Schedule of Courses through BuckeyeLink for information pertaining to the course instructor and his/her contact information. You are required to contact the instructor for written permission to enter a class.

Step 3:

Email the instructor for permission to be included on the College of Nursing internal waitlist. If permission is granted, the instructor will reply to your email with further instructions. Upon receiving permission from the course instructor, you will be placed on an internal waitlist managed by the College of Nursing Registrar. 

Step 4:

You will receive an email from the College Registrar 1-2 weeks prior to the start of classes. The email will help you prepare for registration by providing instructions to remove registration holds and to meet other course requirements.

Step 5:

Assuming space is available, you have received permission from the instructor, and you have met the prerequisites for the courses (where applicable), you will be enrolled into the course by the Graduate School. It will be your responsibility to drop the course if your intentions changed overtime.

Final reminders:

  • As a Graduate Non-Degree student, you can transfer up to ten hours of coursework into a degree granting program, if you are ultimately admitted. This applies to MCR, MHI and doctoral candidates only.
  • Please be aware that admission to the Graduate Non-Degree program at Ohio State or enrollment in courses as a Graduate Non-Degree student does not guarantee admission to a degree or certificate granting program.
  • If you decide you would like to officially enroll in a program after completing Graduate Non-Degree coursework, it is your responsibility to submit an application and all required materials by the stated deadlines. Please visit the admissions webpage for your program of interest to learn more about these requirements and application windows.
  • If you are applying to the Traditional MS option you may take the MS core classes listed prior to admission and those classes will be counted towards your program requirements.
  • Classes taken outside the university may be used to petition to waive the required MS in Nursing courses after admission to the program.