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  Open Seats

One of the benefits of NursingCAS is to provide notifications to applicants about programs that have available space. Did you know that more than 14,000 seats go unfilled annually? Review the listing below to determine if you would like to apply to one of these programs.

 Deadline Extensions

Programs often extend their deadlines in order to allow applicants more time to complete the admissions process. Review the list below to see if any programs you are interested in have extended their deadline.

 New Programs

New programs are added to NursingCAS frequently so in order to help you discover and learn about new offerings please review the updated list below.

 Open Seats

Barry University

Last Call For Fall! We still have a limited number of places available for our 6-semester Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program that begins in August 2019. You could be on your way to a BSN sooner than you think but you must act now if you wish to be considered! Contact Ms. Nichole Sando, at or 305.981.5135.

If accepted to the Traditional Option, you will also have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Baptist Scholar’s Program. A select group of students complete their studies at Baptist Hospital in Kendall and may be provided with an opportunity for employment within the Baptist Healthcare system upon completion of the program. Tuition for these highly-qualified and motivated students is substantially reduced. You’ll save over $30,000 in tuition costs and experience clinical learning at one of the most highly-rated health care systems in Florida.

We are also accepting applications for our January 2020 Traditional Option BSN and our Accelerated Option BSN. The Accelerated Option program is designed for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing. Tuition for this 4-semester program is a flat rate of $28,000 + $500/semester lab and technology fee.

Barry University is a Catholic institution situated in sunny Miami Shores, Florida. The university is home to a diverse body of students from a variety of geographic, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, and is committed to the highest academic standards in undergraduate and graduate education. Our nursing programs are accredited both nationally and regionally (CCNE, SACS). Interested?

Please contact our specialist nursing advisor, Ms. Nichole Sando, at or 305.981.5135.

Please see the Barry University BSN Program NursingCAS page for more information about the program and our university in general or visit our website.

Belmont University

Belmont University is located in Nashville, Tennessee and offers on-campus programs for advanced nursing practice. Since 2004 (15 years) 100% of our MSN and DNP graduates have passed the national certification exam for FNPs on their first attempt, well above the national average pass rate of 84%.

Harding University

Harding University has open seats for Fall 2019 admission in our Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) program. Please contact Dr. Dona Clarin (FNP Program Director) regarding the deadline. Seats may be filled on a first come basis. Please call our office at 501.279.4859 for further information. Check out a short video for our program on our website.

We would love to hear from you!

Harding University Carr College of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a family nurse practitioner (FNP) track. The curriculum is 45 semester credit hours. Clinical practicum experiences are designed to expose students to a variety of patients across the life-span. Full (5 semesters) and part-time (8 semesters) options are available. A Second Masters (eligible for Federal Financial Aid) and a Post Masters Certificate (Not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, but private loan options may be available) are also available.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University is currently enrolling for the following programs for Fall 2019. All of these programs require a valid California RN license. We have a limited number of seats available for our FNP program this Fall. Please contact us for more information.

  • ADN (RN) to BSN
  • MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN/Nurse Educator
  • MSN/Administration/Management

Travis Berman

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is still accepting applications for Fall 2019 in our Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and Masters of Science in Nursing-Family Practitioner programs. These programs are 100% online and definitely tailored to the working nurse!

For more information, please see our website.

Johns Hopkins University

Excellence. Community. Diversity. These are more than words at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. They are part of the blood that flows through the heart of the school, its students, faculty, and staff. As a top-ranked graduate nursing program, we take our positions as leaders in research, education, and practice and our roles as global citizens seriously. Our faculty and students come from different backgrounds, locations, and cultures to bring their own experiences into their learning and practice. We hope you’ll consider becoming a Hopkins nurse.

We are still Accepting Fall 2019 Applications for the Following Programs:

  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP*
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP with HIV Primary Care Certificate
  • DNP Family Primary Care NP*
  • DNP Family Primary Care NP with HIV Primary Care Certificate
  • DNP Pediatric Primary Care NP*
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Health CNS*
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Critical Care CNS*
  • DNP Pediatric Critical Care CNS*
  • MSN Health Systems Management*
  • MSN Health Systems Management/MBA Dual Degree*
  • Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate*
  • Post-Master’s Pediatric Acute Care NP Certificate*

*online options

Questions? Contact the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Office of Admissions at 410.955.7548 or

Pacific Lutheran University

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Pacific Lutheran University is still accepting applications for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program.

The PLU DNP program prepares graduates in the advanced-practice specialty concentrations of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The program has been ranked as one of the top 120 graduate nursing programs in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

Both the PMHNP and FNP program are designed to meet the demand for additional advanced practice providers in the region and state. The program qualifies students to sit for national certification examinations, making them eligible under Washington State law for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) licensure. In the State of Washington, ARNPs have independent practice and prescribing authority.

The PLU difference:

  • PLU is known for high-quality nursing education
  • Cohort sizes are small to ensure a high-quality, personable PLU experience
  • All clinical placements are arranged by PLU faculty
  • There are full-time and part-time options for nurses with either a BSN or master’s in nursing for the FNP and PMHNP programs

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year on a rolling basis. Apply now through your NursingCAS profile. For more information visit our website or contact Graduate Admissions at 253.535.8570.

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Seats for the Summer 2019 start are still available! PBA is currently accepting BSN applications for those with an AA or previous BA/BS for the Summer 2019 semester (graduation date of May 2021).

Allow us to give you a quick overview of why PBA School of Nursing is a great choice:

  • Our 96% average pass rate on the NCLEX over the past 12 years demonstrates that we prepare our students well
  • Our small size means more individualized attention by our faculty, whose primary passion is teaching
  • We have affiliations with most major hospitals in southeast Florida, which facilitates landing your first job after graduation
  • We have a BSN to DNP (FNP) program that allows for seamlessly moving on to graduate school after obtaining your BSN
  • We are located right on the Intra-coastal Waterway in warm, sunny West Palm Beach – just a short walk to the beach
  • We are a Christian university that warmly welcomes students of all faiths

We are accepting applications through May 31, 2019.

Visit our website to learn more.

Contact Nancy Peifer at with any questions about our program. We look forward to hearing from you!

Roseman University of Health Sciences

Greetings from Roseman University of Health Sciences!

Roseman University offers an 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing program designed to prepare students for entry-level registered nurse positions in a variety of health care environments. We have two campuses; our home campus is located outside the Las Vegas Valley in Henderson, NV, and our sister campus is located just 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City, UT. We are currently accepting applications for our August 2019 start date. With up to 100 seats between our two campuses, and no current waitlist, Roseman University is here to help jump-start your nursing career. For more information, please visit our website. For immediate advisement, please submit unofficial transcripts to or

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University Standard Option for Fall 2019:

The Standard Option on the Brookings and Rapid City campuses is a four-year nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. Pre-nursing students can apply to the Professional Nursing Major spring semester for a fall program start, once all prerequisite courses are completed or in progress. The Professional Nursing Major coursework can be completed in five semesters (or two and one-half years). For detailed prerequisite and Professional Nursing Major coursework see our website.

The application will remain open until August 1, 2019 or until the program is filled with qualified applicants. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as they meet eligibility requirements. Our College of Nursing FAQ and College of Nursing Application Checklist detail the process for applying to the Standard Option. Please contact Assistant Director of Nursing Student Services, Gale Folsland ( or 605.394.6709), before applying or registering for classes to make sure courses are completed in the appropriate sequence.

Union College – Nebraska

Union College, the #1 nursing program in Nebraska, has a limited number of open seats for our August 2019 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) cohort – Apply today!

Union College’s nursing program is one of the best and here’s why:

  • 100% NCLEX-RN (national licensure exam) pass rate for the past three graduating cohorts – December 2018, May 2018, and December 2017
  • The nursing curriculum is only five semesters long and clinical rotations begin the first semester of the nursing program
  • Clinicals are held in all the major hospital systems in Lincoln and in the local community
  • Small class sizes of 30 students in a lecture and an average of 6 students in a clinical group ensure that you will get individualized attention and your professor will know you by your first name
  • Every student in each clinical course utilizes the state-of-the-art Simulation Center multiple times each semester
  • Our faith-based program prepares students to care for patients holistically – mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically
  • The Global Health Nursing elective course creates an opportunity to travel to a developing country over Spring Break to provide care
  • We have LPN to BSN and RN to BSN tracks available if you’re already a nurse and want to finish your BSN

If you’ve been searching for a nursing program with a tradition of excellence, small class sizes, and professors committed to your success, you’ve found it! Apply today!

Visit our website for more information.

Questions? Please feel free to contact John Luckiesh, Enrollment Counselor, at or 402.486.2674.

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati DNP Programs – Deadline: May 1st, 2019

Thinking of a MSN? Take the extra step and pursue a DNP! In order to meet the evolving needs and requirements of the nursing profession, we strongly encourage prospective BSN-holding applicants apply for the DNP option. Our DNP programs encompass all of the clinical, patient-centered material of the MSN—including NP certification, if applicable—and adds leadership and administrative content. This is in line with UC Nursing’s belief that here, “We see leaders.” Completing the DNP now will save you time and money in the future, should you choose (or be required!) to return for a DNP.

We offer the following DNP programs: Adult Gero Acute Care NP, Adult Gero Primary Care NP, Family NP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Administration, Pediatric Acute Care NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, and Psych-Mental Health NP.

For those with a MSN in a specialization who want to apply for the DNP, we offer a post-MSN to DNP program, which caps off your credentials with leadership and administrative content.

More information can be found on our website.

Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult Gero Primary Care NP? Explore the difference! Deadline May 1st, 2019

There are many reasons why someone might want to become a nurse practitioner, including the desire for more responsibility, accountability and actively improving patient outcomes.

Choosing a specialty that aligns with your passion and emphasizes what you enjoy about the work can make a big difference in long-term job satisfaction and success. Two specialties that tend to create confusion are Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. There are a few myths and misconceptions that include specialty marketability, age range of population treated, and more. So we asked our program directors to clarify some common questions so you can decide on the path that is right for you. Here is a brief video made by our faculty to help put you on the right path.

Questions? Contact Bobby Rue, Admissions Counselor at

University of Cincinnati Neonatal & Pediatrics Programs – Deadline: May 1st, 2019

At the University of Cincinnati, We See Leaders. Take advantage of clinical experiences at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – the #2-ranked children’s hospital in the US! Cincinnati Children’s is only a few minutes walk from the College of Nursing, providing our local Neonatal and Pediatric NP students with world-class, hands-on experience. We offer the following options for Neonatal and Pediatric NP programs: Pediatric Acute Care NP (post-MSN certificate and BSN to DNP), Pediatric Primary Care NP (post-MSN certificate and BSN to DNP), Neonatal NP (MSN, post-MSN certificate, and BSN to DNP). Additional information can be found on our website. Questions? Contact Bobby Rue, Admissions Counselor at Bobby

University of Cincinnati Post-MSN Certificate Programs – Deadline: May 1st, 2019

At the University of Cincinnati, We See Leaders! Enrich your education and advance your career by adding NP certification to your MSN. For many students, post-MSN certificates can be completed in about a year! Choose from the following certificate programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP (onsite), Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP (onsite, *online, or hybrid), Family NP (onsite, *online, or hybrid), Neonatal NP (hybrid), Peds Primary NP (hybrid), and Peds Acute NP (hybrid). Visit our website for additional information. Contact Bobby Rue, Admissions Counselor, with questions.

*Cincinnati area AGPC & FNP applicants: Please apply to the onsite application to take up to 100% of courses online.

 Deadline Extensions

Saint Mary’s College – Indiana

Saint Mary’s College is extending the application deadline for our DNP programs through June 15 for the fall 2019 term. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Saint Mary’s College offers you a choice of dynamic tracks focusing on adult-gerontology or family practice. The DNP curriculum is offered in a primarily online format that blends online components and three practice immersion experiences per year. With just 2-3 courses per term, you can remain active in the workforce, applying what you learn in the virtual classroom to your practice environment.

Program Highlights:

  • Small class size
  • Accessible faculty
  • Completion of clinical work in your hometown
  • Designed with the practicing nurse in mind
  • Courses on practice innovation, social entrepreneurship, evidence-based practice, and data analytics
  • Start Post BSN or Post MSN

Learn more about our DNP program on our website.

You may also contact Melissa Fruscione directly at 574.284.5098.

University of California – Irvine

We have extended the deadline for our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program to June 1, 2019.

As a PhD graduate of the UC Irvine School of Nursing, you will be equipped to advance the science of nursing as well as to address the critical shortage of nursing faculty with PhDs. A PhD in Nursing Science allows you to contribute to the growing body of knowledge within the nursing field through innovative empirical research and theory development.

Program Highlights:

  • Leading research faculty who incorporate interdisciplinary integrative health approaches to promote population health
  • Strong collaborative relationships across schools — from engineering to the arts — to create novel solutions for the health challenges facing underserved communities
  • Commitment to using community-informed and community-based research methods to tackle population health needs with compassion, determination, and a keen understanding of the need for appealing, user-friendly approaches to providing health care
  • One-on-one mentorship in research and teaching

For more information about our PhD, please visit our website. Apply today! If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at 949.824.1514 or email Julie Aird, PhD Advisor.

University of California – Irvine

At the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing, we are dedicated to preparing the next generation of nurses.

We have extended the deadline for our DNP (Post-Masters) and DNP-FNP to June 1, 2019. The programs start in late September.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post-Master’s Track: A two-year year program for nurses who have an MS degree in nursing and who are seeking a practice-focused doctoral nursing degree.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track: A three-year program for nurses who have a BS or MS degree in nursing and who are seeking a practice-focused doctoral nursing degree and certification as a family nurse practitioner.
Program Highlights:

  • Online and hybrid courses
  • On-campus cohort sessions hosted once per quarter
  • Faculty who are leaders in clinical research, education, and clinical practice
  • Clinical practicum opportunities offered through the School of Nursing Faculty Practices

Applications are accepted between September 4 and March 1 for the following fall quarter entry. The priority deadline for applicants who would like to be considered for School of Nursing scholarships is December 1. Applications will be reviewed and admission decisions will be made after the December 1 deadline, and again after the March 1 deadline.

For more information about our DNP, please visit our website at

Apply Today! If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at 949.824.1514, or email the DNP advisor at

University of Miami

The application deadline for both the BSN-to-PhD and MSN-to-PhD programs for the Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 terms have been extended to May 1st, 2019! Submit your application and supporting documents today. Full funding opportunities are still available as well. If you have any questions regarding the application process or required items, please feel free to reach out to our Recruiter, Isabella Figueroa, at either or 305.284.4325.

 New Programs

South Dakota State University

The South Dakota State University Accelerated BSN Option in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in any field and wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program takes 12 months to complete and starts once a year in January on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Students take coursework and participate in lecture, on-campus labs, and clinical rotations in Aberdeen and surrounding communities. We accept 40 students into our cohort each year.

Successful candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher, a pre-nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet all other eligibility requirements for the program, including meeting SDSU General Education and College of Nursing pre-nursing requirements.

Application Timeline:

  • March 1, 2019 – application opens in NursingCAS
  • June 1, 2019 – priority application deadline
  • July 8-12 and 15-19 – Interviews. Students meeting eligibility requirements will interview with faculty this week. Students located away from Aberdeen, SD may be given the option to interview via Skype
  • July 22 -26, 2019* – Decision letters will be mailed out
  • August 2019* – Acceptance offers and reservation deposits due. Students wishing to accept their offer of admission to the 2020 Accelerated BSN in Aberdeen must submit their signed letters and their $1,000 reservation deposit by the designated date or risk forfeiting their position in the program

*actual date is subject to change and will be determined by the amount of qualified applicants interviewed.

For more detailed eligibility information please contact our Nursing Advisor, Sara Olson, at 605.626.2427 or Please visit our website for more information.