Interested in exploring a program before applying for formal admission? Do you need pre-requisites for a health career program at CU Denver Anschutz?

If so, non-degree admission may be a good option for you.

Denver Camp​us

Many classes listed in the Academic Catalog are available to non-degree seeking students. You may also apply as a degree seeking student to take Denver Campus courses, but only do so if your intention is to pursue a CU Denver degree.

If you wish to enroll in courses identified as Continuing and Professional Education, do not apply for nondegree admission. See your program for application information

Anschutz Medical Campus

Most courses on the Anschutz Medical Campus are available only to fully admitted degree seeking students. Only courses in areas outlined below are available on a nondegree basis. For course enrollment, follow the instructions offered by your program below - Do not apply for Denver Campus nondegree admission.

College of Nursing

Through the Continuing Education and Professional Development Program, certain courses are available to qualified non-degree students.

Graduate School

The Graduate School administers several certificate programs on a non-degree basis.

School of Public Health

Through the School of Public Health, has a wide variety of non-degree courses and certificates.​

To take Denver online/on campus courses listed in the Schedule of Courses, you must be accepted for admission as a nondegree or degree seeking student. If applying for financial aid or student loans, you must apply as a degree seeking student, even if not working toward a CU Denver degree. For more information about non degree seeking options, check out the

​To apply as a Non-Degree Seeking applicant, processing takes up to ten working days:

  1. You'll need to submit an online application and a one-time $50 (non-refundable) application fee.
  2. Check out the Nondegree Seeking page on the Admissions site.
  3. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs have varying policies on the number of credits that may be applied from non-degree status toward your degree requirement.
  4. Please contact your program for more information.

If admitted as a non-degree student, but you wish to change to degree-seeking status for the same semester, you must re-apply as a degree seeking student and complete the requisite application requirements.

Financial Implications

Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid, student loans, most scholarships or tuition assistance. Your tuition rate will be based on your admission classification, regardless of the level of course(s) for which you register:

  • If you do not have a bachelor's degree you are classified as an undergraduate non-degree seeking student for billing purposes and assessed tuition at the upper-division rate. The Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) is available if you are eligible.

  • If you do have a bachelor's degree you are classified as a graduate non-degree seeking student for billing purposes and assessed the graduate tuition rate.

Please note: You are financially responsible for all courses you register for, even if you do not attend. See the Bursar Calendar for important financial deadlines/dates.