Non-Degree Certificates, Minors, and Courses

The School of Nursing & Health Studies offers several non-degree educational opportunities, such as certificates, minors, and courses. Learn more about the exciting options ranging from minoring in public health and earning a post-master’s certificate, to taking pre-requisite coursework in the health sciences. Learn more about our degree-granting programs.

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The Post-Master’s Certificate Program allows master’s- or doctorally prepared nurses to advance their careers and pursue board certification in various Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializations. Learn more about the certificate options.


Undergraduates have three minor options that are offered by the School of Nursing & Health Studies. 

  • The Global Health minor is for students at NHS and MSB and exposes students to the fields of international affairs, health science, and global public health. The minor will provide students with a solid introduction to the multidisciplinary field of global health and teach them the necessary skills to begin to build their own unique global health careers. Students who select a career in global health are actively engaging in economic, social, and political advancement of developing nations around the world through improving the health status of their populations. Learn more about the Global Health minor.
  • The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention minor is for students at NHS. This minor will provide students with an understanding of the variety of contributing factors to healthful functioning and is appropriate for those students interested in fields such as health science education, health science policy and public health. Learn more about the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention minor.
  • The Public Health minor is open to students in Georgetown College, the McDonough School of Business, the School of Foreign Service, and the School of Nursing & Health Studies. This minor approaches health from an interdisciplinary perspective to promote health and well-being of all individuals, while providing students with a core knowledge of public health so they are prepared for further study and scholarship in the field. Learn more about the Public Health minor.

Pre-Requisite Courses

The School of Nursing & Health Studies Department of Human Science offers two online courses that are often required for various health disciplines. Each course meets online during a 6-week Summer Session with synchronous sessions once a week. Detailed course information can be found here.

  • HSCO-113- Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits with lab)
  • HSCO-114- Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits with lab)

These courses are open to all non-degree students pursuing a health-based education who need to fulfill prerequisites for nursing or other health professions. Georgetown degree students may also be eligible; for questions, please contact Jennifer Ericson, Assistant Dean, School of Nursing & Health Studies.

More information about registering for these courses can be found here.