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Non-Degree Enrollment


Non-Degree Enrollment

It is possible to enroll in some SNHS courses before applying for admission. Certain courses require prerequisites and written approval from the respective Department Chairperson. Contact the appropriate department (see below)to determine which courses require approval. Make certain that the relevant Department Chair provides us with written approval in advance of registration.

Individuals may register for up to two graduate SNHS courses as a non-degree student before being required to formally apply for admission.  The exception is for the DNP program which limits a student to taking one course as non-degree. Pending department approval, a student may take one non-degree course in each of two semesters or two non-degree courses in one semester.

Please visit to determine which SNHS, Nursing and Nutrition courses are offered each semester. Once you determine which SNHS course(s) you are interested in taking, you must obtain written permission from the instructor before an application can be processed. The instructor's name is included in the course listing. Contact the instructor via email ( requesting permission to take the SNHS course. Please forward the approval to Make certain that you include your full name and contact information.


For permission to take non-degree graduate nursing or SNHS courses, call Dr. Patricia Rissmiller at 617-521-2133. You must also provide evidence of receipt of a BSN with your non-degree application.

For permission to take non-degree graduate nutrition courses, call the Nutrition Department at 617-521-2718.

For permission to take a non-degree DNP course, contact Dr. Patricia White at 617-521-2138. You must also provide evidence of receipt of a MSN with your non degree application.

The following programs do not allow any courses to be taken as a non-degree student:

  • DPT (doctorate in physical therapy program)
  • All CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) programs
  • CSN (Certificate in Sports Nutrition) program
  • Direct Entry Program 

Spring 2015 non-degree application