NursingCAS is the centralized application service for nursing, which enables prospective students to easily research and apply to participating nursing schools with one online application. NursingCAS simplifies the admissions process and acts as a “one stop shop” for applying to nursing schools. This is important considering there are over 1000 colleges and universities that offer nursing programs at the doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree level. Whether you want to become a nurse or advance your career in nursing through education, it’s important to understand your options.
The first step is to create an account. Search through the list of participating schools, select programs of interest, and complete your application. Each program sets their own admissions criteria; for example, official/unofficial transcripts, references, and other materials. Use the program pages on NursingCAS to gather more information– including pre-requisite coursework, GPA minimums, documents needed, tests required, fees, prior degrees, etc. Requirements vary greatly by school and program! NursingCAS helps aggregate this information for you to make the process a little less overwhelming.
NursingCAS was established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to maximize capacity in schools of nursing and fill available seats. Even though enrollment and applications to schools of nursing have increased, many schools have room to accommodate additional students each year. NursingCAS provides a much-needed mechanism to help inform and direct potential students to available programs at participating colleges and universities. NursingCAS seeks to provide prospective students with valuable information about admissions requirements, as well as access to apply to various programs.
NursingCAS provides applicants with:
There is no charge to create an account. Applicants are charged a fee when they submit their application to a program through NursingCAS. However, NursingCAS aims to narrow the process down and help the student find the right fit. A fee assistance program is available for those in need. Fee waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about the fee assistance program and instructions on how to obtain a waiver.
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