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The NursingCAS Applicant Newsletter is a monthly newsletter intended to keep you informed about programs with available space, deadline extensions, and new programs added to NursingCAS. The newsletter will feature:

  • Open Seats: One of the benefits of NursingCAS is to provide notifications to applicants about programs that have available space. 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 on a continual basis. Discover and learn about new program offerings available to you by reviewing the listings below.

Applicants can also view the NursingCAS Events Calendar, where NursingCAS schools provide prospective students with information on events like upcoming webinars and information sessions throughout the application cycle.

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Recording Now Available: Preparing and Strengthening Your NursingCAS Application Webinar

Were you unable to attend our Preparing and Strengthening Your NursingCAS Application webinar? You can still access a recording of this webinar to stay well-informed on applicant best practices. You will need to enter your name and email to access the recording. Webinar content includes:

  • Detailed overview of the NursingCAS application
  • Guidance on requesting fee waivers, transcripts, and submitting coursework entry
  • Answers to FAQs (application statuses, references, etc.)
  • Tips to avoid common mistakes
  • Recommendations to ensure quick application processing times
  • Resources available for NursingCAS applicants

 The webinar provides current and future applicants the opportunity to hear from NursingCAS and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) representatives. Stay posted for our next one!

The 2023 – 2024 NursingCAS Application Cycle opened on August 10, 2023.

The 2023 – 2024 NursingCAS application cycle opened on August 10. Applicants are able to create a new account or log back into an existing account using the “Re-Applicant” feature. The Re-Applicant Feature allows you to carry over your data and transcripts from your previous NursingCAS application to the 2023 – 2024 application. The “Re-Applicant” feature is available to all users who had an active NursingCAS account during the previous application cycle regardless of whether your application was verified or even submitted to a program during that time. 

Reminder: 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 Academic Update Windows

The 2022-2023 Fall Academic Update (AU) II window opened on Friday, December 1, 2023 and will close on Saturday, January 13, 2024. The 2023-2024 Fall Academic Update I window opened on Friday, December 15, 2023, and will close on Friday, February 16, 2024.

  • 2022-2023 cycle: December 1, 2023 – January 13, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET
  • 2023-2024 cycle: December 15, 2023 – February 16, 2024. 11:59 p.m. ET

Please review and complete the three-step process to submit an AU request by the designated deadline above.

The AU allows applicants to update final grades for previously entered planned/in-progress coursework (i.e. Fall 2023) or enter newly planned coursework (i.e. Spring 2024) since NursingCAS verification. Applicants are eligible for AU if at least one of their programs is in ‘Verified’ status by the AU request deadline. Application status can be viewed under the Check Status tab in NursingCAS. Upon submission of the AU request, NursingCAS will verify the applicant’s new grades, calculate an updated GPA, and send this information to their programs. While an AU is optional, some programs require this information for admissions consideration.

Students are encouraged to submit their request for new transcripts to their Registrar’s Office ASAP to allow plenty of processing/mailing time.

Questions? Please contact the NursingCAS Customer Service Team at

Reminder: 2022-2023 Cycle Close

The 2022-2023 NursingCAS application cycle will close on January 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. That is the last date you will be able to submit your application. That is also the last date for deadlines on the current application and the last day for applicants in the “Undelivered” status to resubmit their application. We recommend that applicants save and print a PDF copy of their current application for record keeping purposes even though you will be able to carry your data and transcripts over to the next application cycle using the Re-Applicant feature.



Baldwin Wallace University

The winter priority deadline to apply to Baldwin Wallace University’s accelerated BSN (ABSN) is January 15, 2024.

Located near Cleveland, Ohio, Baldwin Wallace University’s ABSN provides students who have a degree in a field outside of nursing the opportunity to earn their BSN… in just fifteen months. Students prepare for the NCLEX-RN and a successful career in nursing with the individualized support of faculty, well-rounded clinical experiences through local healthcare organizations (such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals), hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art labs, and more.

Baldwin Wallace University is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2024 cohort. Application information can be found here. Direct patient care experience is not required to apply for this program. Additionally, candidates can still be working on prerequisite coursework by the time they apply.

Questions about the program can be directed to Lauryn Rosinski at or (440) 826-2915.

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing

Now accepting applications for Summer 2024!

Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing offers multiple options and start times for maximum flexibility. You can get your BSN in twelve, twenty, or thirty-six months – with three start times per year!

Our 2023 graduates achieved NCLEX scores of 96.6.%! Highlights of our St. Louis-based program include: clinical experiences through nationally recognized Barnes-Jewish Hospital, individualized faculty mentoring, opportunities to learn and collaborate in our brand-new, state-of-the-art labs, and more!

Candidates can still have in-progress prerequisite coursework when applying. Don’t wait – start your nursing program now!

Learn more about Goldfarb by emailing or calling (314) 454-7055.

California State University, East Bay

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2024 through June 1, 2024. The CSU East Bay’s online/hybrid MSN program offers two practice concentrations: 

  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership and Administration.

The program offers high-quality, accessible, online graduate education over four semesters, as well as annual two-day campus immersion meetings that give critical support for student success. Graduates in Nursing Education will be well-equipped to work as educators in clinical or academic settings. Graduates in the Leadership & Administration Concentration will be prepared for mid-level management and leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings.

For more information on the MSN program, application procedures, or upcoming information sessions, please visit our website.

For questions or assistance, please contact

Carroll College – Montana

Carroll College in Helena, Montana is still accepting applications for our fifteen-month program in Accelerated Nursing, beginning May 2024. Students applying now can still be considered for our twenty-seat cohort. Apply by December 31 to receive your admission decision in January!

Our Nursing students are sought after by some of the nation’s best hospitals and clinics because our students are exceptionally well-prepared for a nursing career. Our Accelerated Nursing students’ NCLEX first-time pass rates are 100%, and our students are socially and technically skilled to handle whatever an adventure in nursing throws at them. For more information, please visit our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Katelynn Eberhardt at

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Apply now! The application is open for Charles R. Drew University Nursing programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Master’s Entry Level into Nursing, and Doctor of Nurse Practice.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: The BSN program is designed for individuals who seek to become a licensed registered nurse at a health-centered academic institution focused on diversifying the nursing workforce. Through a culturally sensitive approach, students are trained in high-fidelity learning environments to provide high-quality patient care for under-resourced populations. Students are prepared to alleviate health inequities and increase patient advocacy in historically underserved communities, including South Los Angeles. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and may also apply for the Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification following licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner: Available to registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in nursing or higher, the FNP program is a comprehensive program that ensures students gain proficiency in health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical management of primary care conditions, emphasizing care across the lifespan. Delivered through an executive-education format, students are immersed in intensive weekend sessions once a month (Saturday to Tuesday) coupled with face-to-face and digitally-enhanced instruction, enriching student-faculty interactions and deepening content clarity.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric  Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: The MSN-PMHNP student will have a didactic AACN MSN essential course curriculum for the MSN degree. MSN-PMHNP students will receive training to assume the responsibility for the provision of mental health care service in a primary mental health care setting.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Entry Level Masters: The MSN-ELM program is designed for individuals with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree who are seeking a nursing career in acute, chronic, leadership, and community-based settings.
  • Doctor of Nurse Practice: The 40-credit program, which is completed through precepted clinical settings, provides a flexible, executive-education format in which the theoretical content of each course is taught in a one-weekend session, totaling three-weekend sessions per course. Each weekend session is online (three hours synchronous followed by twelve hours asynchronous).

Creighton University

Creighton University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program has open seats for the May 2024 entry term! Apply by February 1 to be considered.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice from Creighton University is recognized for developing highly skilled, compassionate nurses. Our students become life-changing leaders recognized for advancing quality of care and improving healthcare systems. The online DNP program is flexible and can be tailored to your own interests and goals. Choose from multiple specializations, including Adult-Gerontology Acute-Care, Family Practice, Neonatal Care, Pediatric Acute and Primary Care (dual track), Psychiatric Mental Health, and Nursing Administration and Leadership.

To be considered for the May 2024 entry term, the following application materials must be received by February 1:

  • Completed NursingCAS Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a nursing supervisor/employer)
  • Official transcripts from every college/university attended
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • BSN from a CCNE- or ACEN-accredited college/university
  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Completed statistics and Health Assessment course
  • Resume

More information regarding Creighton’s DNP program and admission requirements can be found on our website. If you have additional questions or would like to connect with an Enrollment Specialist, please contact the College of Nursing by email at or by phone at (402) 280-2703

Manchester University Fort Wayne

Open seats for the Fall 2024 start Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program!

Manchester University’s ABSN Second Degree is for future nurses who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field and would like to pursue a path toward becoming a registered nurse. This full-time, sixteen-month program can get you on the fast track to a new, meaningful, and rewarding career. When you graduate from Manchester’s nursing program, you will be equipped as a highly-skilled and caring professional with an appreciation for the greater good and the know-how to ensure positive patient, family and community health outcomes.

Want to hear from a recent student? Eri Tamada says nursing has been a dream since she was little. Moving from California to Indiana to enroll in Manchester’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program was a bold move, and “making history” as the program’s inaugural class helps drive her to her goal. Hear what else she has to say by checking out this video!

Learn more about our admission requirements, curriculum, tuition, etc. by visiting our webpage!

Not sure if you’ve met the prerequisite requirements? Send your transcripts to, indicate that you are interested in the ABSN program, and we will get back to you about what, if anything, you might be missing!

Have follow-up questions? Contact the Manchester University Fort Wayne’s Office of Graduate Admissions by email at or by phone at (260) 470-2703. We look forward to hearing from you!

Milwaukee School of Engineering

MSOE’s 2nd Degree Accelerated Nursing program is accepting applications for Fall 2024 and 2025!

This sixteen-month program is for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Additionally, our yearly grant for enrolled students has increased to $22,000 per year! Why should you consider MSOE’s Accelerated 2nd Degree Nursing program?

  • Strong record of NCLEX pass rates – since 2013, our NCLEX pass rate has been between 96%-100%
  • No application deadline! Rolling admission for both our Fall and Spring cohorts
  • Accelerated sixteen-month program to earn your BSN
  • State-of-the-art Simulation Hospital
  • Guaranteed clinical placement
  • Financial assistance – $22,000 grant per year ($44,000 for the full duration of the program)

Have questions? Please let us know! We would be happy to answer your admissions related questions and can connect you directly with the program director for more specific program questions. Contact us by email at

National Louis University

Are you ready to advance your education? National Louis University is still accepting applications for the Winter term Accelerated BSN-Hybrid program and Spring term RN-BSN program and for Fall 2024 for both programs! Consider applying today!

  • The ABSN-H program provides applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in another field and the required prerequisite courses completed a direct accelerated path to completing their nursing degree. This is a fast-paced program and is completed in five full-time quarters to prepare students to enter the nursing profession. All coursework is online with in-person lab and clinical experiences in the greater Chicago metro area. You must live in the Chicago area for the completion of the in-person direct care clinical hours.
  • The RN-BSN program is for applicants who have either a Diploma or ADN/ASN in Nursing who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree. This program is five quarters full-time (longer if part-time) with all online course work and one direct care clinical in your home community.

For more information on these programs, please visit our School of Nursing website. For questions or assistance please reach out to our Enrollment and Outreach Specialist Laura Beal at

We look forward to welcoming you to the National Louis University School of Nursing!

Oregon Health & Science University

Looking to advance your nursing career? There’s still time to apply to the OHSU School of Nursing for the below programs. Join us at Oregon’s only academic health center to receive a top-tier nursing education.

These applications close January 5, with opportunities to start in Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Winter 2025. Visit the linked program pages to learn more about admissions requirements and start terms.

We are also still accepting applications for our Post Master’s DNP program! The application to start with the Fall 2024 cohort will close on January 15. Review the admissions requirements and learn how to apply on our website. Please reach out to the Office of Admissions with any questions you may have by emailing proginfo@ohsu.educalling (503) 494-7725, or scheduling an advising appointment.

Regis College

Regis College is accepting applications to the full-time Direct Entry Master’s in Nursing for Non-Nurses program. The program starts in the Fall only, with clinicals starting that same semester.

We require seven prerequisites (Chemistry I and II, Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Statistics, and Human Development) which can be fulfilled through undergraduate coursework or after at other institutions. You may apply and be accepted without all prerequisites having been completed. However, all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program in September.
Our deadline for applications to the Fall 2024 cohort is February 1, with rolling admissions taking place on a space-available basis following the deadline. Please contact Brian Dixon at with any questions.

Shepherd University

Shepherd University is pleased to offer two DNP tracks:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Additionally, a post-graduate certification program is offered for individuals who have national certification as an APRN and hold a PhD or DNP. Two tracks are available:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

For more information, please contact Mary Hancock, PhD, RNC-OB, Interim Director, School of Nursing, Shepherd University at (304) 876-5688 or Please visit our website for more Information on our Doctor of Nursing Practice program. We look forward to seeing your application!

UMass Chan Medical School, Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing

The Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing prepares nurse leaders, nurse scientists, advanced practice nurses, and nurse educators. Explore nursing degree options in DNP, PhD, MS, and pre-licensure programs at UMass Chan. Learn more on our website or join us on January 11, 2024 for our latest information session.

UMass Chan invites non-nurses to apply for our Graduate Entry Program (GEP)! We have seats available for the GEPto DNP and GEP to PhD programs. This is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another subject who are looking to enter the advanced nursing field. Year one of the GEP program includes pre-licensure accelerated coursework, clinicals, and simulation labs that leads to a RN degree. In 2023, our GEP students had a 100% NCLEX pass rate.

The GEP program has 5 available tracks:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP
  • Family NP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health NP
  • GEP to PhD – This an excellent option for aspiring nurse scientists interested in roles in academic faculty, research, and leadership
Additionally, practicing nurses are strongly encouraged to apply to our new Master of Science in Nursing and Interprofessional Leadership. This is a highly flexible program based in Worcester, MA that cultivates leadership skills for RNs in any role. This is your time to learn how to work in complex healthcare teams, use evidence to improve healthcare processes, and engage in project development for advancing health outcomes.

Any questions about applying? Please contact us at, or call (508) 856-2069 to speak with an admissions counselor.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

There is still time to apply to start nursing courses in Spring 2024 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor School of Nursing! Submit your NursingCAS application and designate UMHB as your school of choice. Email your TEAS scores to Katelyn Sharpe at

You can find more information about our nursing program on our website.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Choose a world-class nursing education at a leader in healthcare research and innovation.

Why Choose UMSN?

  • We find your clinicals
  • No coursework entry required
  • No RN experience required
  • Interdisciplinary & global experiences available

Transcripts and references are not required to submit the NursingCAS fee. These have one week after the posted deadlines to arrive at NursingCAS. Comprehensive admissions requirements are available on the UMSN Admissions and Aid webpage. Admissions decisions are released on a semi-rolling basis.

Fall 2024 NursingCAS Deadlines:

  • January 15, 2024: Priority deadline for all NP program
  • March 15, 2024: Final deadline for all NP programs
  • May 1, 2024: Leadership, Analytics, & Innovation MSN Deadline

Program Availability: Most programs are available on campus, with programs marked with * also available online. Visit the UMSN Academics page and select your degree level to view offerings by state.

  • Adult-Gero Acute Care NP: MSN, DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificate
  • Adult-Gero Primary Care NP: MSN*, DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificate
  • Leadership, Analytics & Innovation: MSN (online only)
  • Nurse-Midwifery: MSN, DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificate
  • Nurse-Midwifery/Primary Care FNP Combined Program: MSN and DNP
  • Post-Master’s DNP
  • Primary Care Family NP: MSN*, DNP, and Post-Master’s Certificate (The UMSN FNP program is not designed for ED/ER or any critical care settings)
  • Primary Care Pediatric NP: MSN (online only)

Visit the UMSN Concentrations & UMSN Certificates pages for ways to add value to your degree after acceptance.

We are here to help! Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team at if you have any questions. Go Blue!

University of Missouri – Columbia

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is a land-grant university centrally located in mid-Missouri with a long history of serving rural and underserved populations. We accept students from across the country to our online DNP, MS(N), and post-graduate certificate programs. We are CCNE-accredited, require limited on-campus visits, and charge in-state tuition to all students, making completion of your degree affordable and convenient. 

Visit our website to learn more about the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing’s Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), MS(N) and Post-Graduate Certificate options.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Leadership & Innovations in Healthcare (MS or DNP)
  • Graduate Certificate Care Management Online
  • MS Nurse Educator
  • MS Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems

Hear more about our program from one of our students, Christine Harris, Nursing Leadership and Innovations in Health Care DNP.

Our deadlines are September 30 (all degrees) and January 31 (all degrees) every year. The Graduate Certificate program only admits for Fall. For more information on becoming a MIZZOU Nurse, visit our website. You may also contact Dr. Miriam Butler (, Esther Ellis (, or Leslie McPeak at (573) 882-0200 (

William Jewell College

Seats are still available for the twelve-month accelerated BSN program at William Jewell College. Our Summer cohort begins the end of May, but the deadline to have everything turned in will be March 1, 2024.

Please call (816) 415-7678 or email if you have questions about requirements or the program. More information about our ABSN program is available on our website.


Linfield University

Linfield University has extended the application deadline for the following nursing cohorts:

  • 12-month Accelerated BSN program – February 1, 2024. 
  • Traditional two-year BSN program – March 1, 2024. 

To learn more about these programs, please register for a Nursing Information Session available on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. or Fridays at 1:00 p.m. PST. The list of prerequisites can be found on our website.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at or call (503) 883-2213.


Calvin University

Calvin University is excited to announce the opening of our new MSN program, offering two tracks: Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator. We use a rolling admissions system that accepts applications individually when submitted until either the seats (25) are filled or the July 15, 2024 deadline is reached.

The MSN program is a fully online program with one week of in-person clinical immersion experience on Calvin’s campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In total, 37 to 40 semester hours are required, depending on the chosen concentration. Students may take electives in other areas such as community health and mental health. The program presented is part-time and can be completed in two years. A minimum of 500 total clinical hours is required. These will be individually negotiated in your local area depending on your specialty and your career goals.

At Calvin University our Master of Science in Nursing program will give you the tools needed to excel as a nurse leader. Not only is our nursing program excellent, but you’ll also consider all aspects of healthcare from a Christian perspective, with faith informing how you view your work and its context in the world. We provide a bold, transformative, Christ-centered education. Our mission: to equip students to think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.

Admission requirements are a 3.0 in a BSN program, a current US nursing license, and ability to take nursing clinicals in one of our approved states you will find listed on our website. Contact the program by email for questions or more information at We look forward to seeing your application soon!

Fairfield University

Fairfield University is excited to announce that the application for our DNP Nurse Anesthesia program will be available on NursingCAS for the first time in January 2024!

In addition to this exciting change to our application process, we are also pleased to share that beginning in Summer 2024, our Nurse Anesthesia program will be available at two campus locations: Fairfield, CT and Austin, TX.* Our Egan School of Nursing is committed to providing students with an academically rigorous curriculum and rich clinical experiences, and we look forward to bringing our unmatched training to a more geographically expansive population of nurses.

*Please note, as a new location, our DNP Nurse Anesthesia program based in Austin is pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs – full accreditation is anticipated in Spring 2024.

Oregon Health & Science University

The OHSU School of Nursing Health Systems and Organizational Leadership (HSOL) program has re-opened and is accepting applications to start in Fall 2024! If you have your bachelor’s in nursing and are looking for a program to expand your leadership potential and further your career in nursing, this online program is for you. The HSOL program prepares nurses for management and leadership roles in a variety of organizational settings.

Learn how to apply and review the admissions requirements on our website. Apply through NursingCAS and join us from wherever you are in the world!

Questions? Please reach out to the Admissions Office by email at or by phone at (503) 494-7725.