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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

Ashland University

Ashland University has open seats in all undergraduate and graduate nursing programs; apply today!

  • Traditional BSN—a four-year, on-campus program with interactive, state-of-the-art, simulation labs along with core, and clinical nursing coursework that prepares students to become Registered Nurses.
  • Accelerated Nursing Second Degree Program—an on-campus program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but wish to become a Registered Nurse (15 months/4 semesters).
  • RN to BSN (online)—designed for working professionals who are licensed as Registered Nurses or preparing to complete their RN licensure. *RN-BSN new tuition rates are $265 per credit hour; $215 per credit hour for Corporate Partners.
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)—flexible, online format with occasional on-site requirements throughout the program. Specialty tracks include Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP), Health Systems Leadership (BSN or MSN to DNP), and Advanced Practice Nurse (MSN to DNP). Application materials due March 31 for May 2019 cohort. *HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program also available!
  • School Nurse Program—post-bachelor certificate program consisting of online coursework and a 160 to 320-hour internship in a school setting. Completion prepares students to practice as a professional School Nurse in alignment with the ANA and NASN Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice.
  • Nurse Educator Certificate Program— for RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or Master of Science in Nursing Degree or Doctoral Degree. Prepares nurses to teach in a nursing education program or healthcare setting. 12 credit hours of graduate-level online coursework and 48-hour practicum/project.

For start dates and deadlines, call 419.289.5738 or visit our website.

Barry University

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.

We are currently accepting applications for our 6-semester Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program that begins in Fall 2019.

If accepted to the Traditional Option, you will also have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Baptist Scholar’s Program. A selected 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 healthcare systems in Florida.

We are also accepting applications for our January 2020 Accelerated Option BSN. This 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.

Interested? Please contact our specialist nursing advisor, Ms. Nichole Sando, at or telephone 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.

Bellarmine University

The highly acclaimed Bellarmine University Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program still has a few open seats for May 2019. We offer a 12-month, fast-paced intensive nursing program with over 750 hours of clinical experience. Get a great job quickly thanks to our high NCLEX pass rates, eager employers and outstanding reputation. Small class sizes and specialty clinical experiences in critical care, trauma, ER, mother-baby, pediatrics, community public health, psychiatric mental health, and nursing leadership/management set Bellarmine nurses apart.

Limited FREE summer housing is available on our beautiful campus in the heart of Louisville, perennially ranked one of America’s most livable cities. Apply now through your NursingCAS profile. Get more information now at our Accel BSN FAQ page or contact Julie Armstrong-Binnix for advising at or 502.272.8364.

Belmont University

Belmont University is located in Nashville, Tennessee and offers on-campus programs for advanced nursing practice. Since 2004 (14 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%.

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 Summer and Fall 2019 applications for the following programs:

Summer 2019 Start Term

  • DNP Executive Track*
  • DNP Executive Track/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree*
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Master of Public Health (MPH) Joint Degree

Fall 2019 Start Term

  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP*
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP with HIV Certificate
  • DNP Family Primary Care NP*
  • DNP Family Primary Care NP with HIV Certificate
  • DNP Pediatric Primary Care NP*
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Health CNS*
  • DNP Adult-Gerontological Critical Care CNS*
  • DNP Pediatric Critical Care CNS*
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Health Systems Management*
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Health Systems Management/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Dual Degree*
  • Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate*
  • Post-Master’s Pediatric Acute Care NP Certificate*
  • Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate*

* denotes online options

Questions? Contact the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Office of Admissions at 410.955.7548 or or visit our website.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University has open seats available in our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at our Charlotte, North Carolina campus. The program has three start dates a year—in January, May, and September—and we review applications on a rolling basis to provide faster admissions decisions.

The ABSN program is designed for adults who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and want to leverage that education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in just 16 months. The curriculum consists of nursing theory courses delivered online, labs and simulations conducted in person at our state-of-the-art nursing center on our Charlotte campus, and clinical rotations in Charlotte’s leading hospitals. The Charlotte ABSN program has the same curriculum and is taught by the same distinguished Northeastern faculty as our Boston ABSN program.

Many of our Charlotte ABSN students are from outside North Carolina. If the nursing programs in your area have long wait lists or limited capacity, or if you simply want to study nursing in one of the Southeast’s most dynamic cities, the Charlotte program could be a great fit. It lets you get started on your nursing career sooner and still earn your BSN from a prestigious, nationally ranked university. And we have resources available specifically for those who are new to the area.

Visit our website for complete program information. Our highly personalized admissions approach pairs you with an ABSN admissions counselor who will walk you through the entire application process and answer all your questions. To get started, simply fill out the form on our website.

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing 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 95% average pass rate on the NCLEX over the past 10 years demonstrates that we prepare our students well.
  • We are a Christian university that warmly welcomes students of all faiths.
  • 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 Intracoastal Waterway in warm, sunny West Palm Beach—just a short walk to the beach!

Our First Look/Best Look deadline is March 1, 2019.

Visit our website.

Contact Nancy Peifer at with any questions about our program.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Union College – Nebraska

Union College, one of the top nursing programs in Nebraska, is currently accepting applications for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for August 2019 – 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 2018; all of our December 2017 and May 2018 graduates took and passed it on their first attempt! Our graduates also achieved the highest NCLEX-RN pass rate in Nebraska and the Seventh-day Adventist higher education system for 2015 and 2016 – we’re extremely proud of our graduates!
  • The nursing curriculum is only five semesters long!
  • Clinical rotations begin the first semester of the nursing program and are held in all the major hospital systems in Lincoln and in the 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.
  • As the first BSN program in the state of Nebraska, our students and graduates are part of a long-standing tradition of excellence.
  • 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 Miami

Up to $30,000 of tuition support is available for the Fall 2019 MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP program or the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program through the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)!

In addition, if admitted, you will have the opportunity to apply for our General Scholarship Application, which will put yourself in the running for any of our 20+ scholarship funds. We routinely award thousands of dollars each year and you could apply for these awards each semester.

Contact our recruiter at for more details regarding the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) or with any questions regarding the application process.

 Deadline Extensions

 New Programs

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

This unique and innovative full-time academic program was developed with funding through the HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Program. The program, 1) is an intensive, accelerated 4-semester program with students graduating with a BSN, 2) coursework consists of hybrid, on-campus and online courses, 3) includes 9 semester hours of graduate course work – dual credit, and 4) is enriched through art integration.

Please visit our website for program deadlines and information

Eligibility to the TAMUCC CONHS Accelerated BSN program:

  • Hold an earned baccalaureate degree in any field from a national/regional accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in all prerequisite courses.
  • Complete or be on track to complete all core curriculum and nursing prerequisites prior to expected semester of entry to the nursing program.
    NOTE: Courses do not have to be completed prior to application. You must indicate any courses in-progress or planned for future semesters on your NursingCAS application. Failure to include this information will deem your application incomplete.
  • Meet Essential Qualifications for Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students located under the Undergraduate Students tab here.
  • You must have a completed TAMUCC application in NursingCAS prior to deadline.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all eligibility requirements are met and all requirements for application have been completed.

Contact with questions: Angelica Santillan;; 361.825.2461

University of Cincinnati

Accelerated Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati

Summer 2019 Application Deadline: February 15th, 2019.

Nurses are positioned to play an important role in solving some of today’s most complex health care issues. Our Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN prepares you not only to provide safe, quality patient care, but also to drive improvements to care through collaboration, evidence-based practice methods, and effectiveness measures. This program also prepares you to continue your education and become an advanced-practice nurse.

The University of Cincinnati’s new Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program allows individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to earn a master’s in only five semesters and become a licensed registered nurse and leader at the bedside. MSN courses are taken after program prerequisites are fulfilled, either from previously completed courses (with a B- or better) or when taken at the University of Cincinnati. All courses are taken onsite at the University of Cincinnati Medical Campus. For the full list of prerequisites, visit our website.

As a student, you will benefit from our rich, 125-plus-year tradition of educating nurse leaders, along with:

  • Curriculum focused on leadership at the point of care
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within the region’s only Academic Health Center
  • Simulated patient care experiences that prepare you to function independently at the bedside
  • Technology-enhanced classroom learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Built-in NCLEX nurse licensure exam preparation

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Davis
Academic Advisor, Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN
University of Cincinnati
College of Nursing