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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.

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Open Seats


Bellarmine University

The highly acclaimed Bellarmine University Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program still has a few open seats for May 2017. 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 available on our beautiful campus in the heart of Louisville, perennially ranked one of America’s most livable cities. Apply now through your Nursing CAS profile. Get more information now, or contact Julie Armstrong-Binnix for advising at or 502-272-8364.

Belmont University

100% First-time Pass Rate on the National FNP Certification Exam for the Last 12 Years.

That’s the standard set by graduates of Belmont University’s programs for advanced nursing practice – BSN-to-DNP, MSN-to-DNP, MSN and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate for Family Nurse Practice – in Nashville, Tennessee.

Open seats available for Fall 2017. Learn more at

Come to our next Information Session on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. Sign up on the web page linked above.

Harding University

Harding University has open seats for Fall 2017 admission in our Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) program. Application deadline for Fall admission is 3/3/2017, but seats may be filled on a first come basis. Please call our office at 501-279-4859 to speak with Dr. Dona Clarin or Ms. Molly Rummel for further information. You may also access additional information here.

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.

The program is primarily delivered in an online format. On Campus experiences are also required ~ once each semester for 3-5 days.

Oregon Health and Science University

As the state of Oregon’s only public health and research University, OHSU is a unique resource for Oregonians and the place where healing, teaching and discovery come together.

There is still time to apply!

Programs still accepting applications:

  • 3 year Bachelors of Science in Nursing (OCNE)
    Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • PhD
    Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • OCNE CC Transition (Virtual)
    Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • OCNE CC Transition (Portland Campus)
    Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • RN to BS
    Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • RN to BS to Masters in Nursing Education
    Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • RN to BS to Health Systems and Organizational Leadership
    Deadline: April 30, 2017

For applicants that have already submitted their applications, here is what to expect next:
1. It is okay if your transcripts or letters of recommendation are still pending as long you have requested they be sent to NursingCAS. If it gets to a point where we need to hand off your file to faculty for review and these items are still pending, we will reach out to you directly.
2. It typically takes 2-3 weeks for us to process applications. Please see the following link regarding what the interview dates are for your particular program. If you are chosen for an interview you will be notified as soon as possible via phone or email.

Please feel free to contact the OHSU School of Nursing Admissions office with any questions! 503-494-7725 or

Roseman University of Health Sciences – Nevada

Greetings from Roseman University of Health Sciences!

Roseman University of Health Sciences has two campuses that offer nursing programs. Our home campus is located outside the Las Vegas Valley in Henderson, NV. Our sister campus it located just 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City, UT. 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. Graduates will use critical thinking skills for effective problem solving, decision making, and independent judgment to provide culturally competent and developmentally appropriate care in the practice of nursing and to function as a member of a health care team.

We are currently accepting applications for the following program offerings:

  • 18-month BSN Program Henderson, NV- (Cohort begins August 2017, 48 spots available)
  • 18-Month BSN Program South Jordan Utah- (Cohort begins August 2017, 48 spots available)


For more information about our program visit our site at For an advising session please contact Erik Dillon at 702-968-2075 or send unofficial transcripts to Be sure to indicate your campus of interest in the email.

Keiser University

Keiser University’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree prepares students to provide compassionate, patient-centered and culturally competent nursing care. While utilizing the most current healthcare technologies, graduates practice in partnership with patients, and as members and leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams. Using evidence-based knowledge and skills related to wellness, health promotion, disease management, and end-of-life care, they are well prepared to improve healthcare outcomes for individuals, families, groups and communities in a variety of settings. Successful completion of the program qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. All Keiser University BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Flagship campus located in West Palm Beach, Florida still has availability in our program for Fall 2017 term. If you want to learn more about our program, contact Flagship admissions at 866-944-3456. To learn more about program prerequisites and outline visit us online.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

PhD in Nursing Science Program

Application deadline to Fall 2017 PhD in Nursing Program is February 1, 2017.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science program was designed to educate nurse scientists who will use research-based knowledge, theories, and interventions in their roles as researchers, educators, and administrators. Applicants admitted to the Ph.D. program in Memphis are admitted to the College of Graduate Health Sciences (CGHS), as are all students admitted to Ph.D. programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Although nursing faculty teach most courses included within the program schema, students have the opportunity to learn and network with CGHS students from other disciplines while enrolled in biostatistics, health policy, and the medical ethics courses.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing with a GPA of at least 3.0 from an accredited college or university
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Unencumbered RN license
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current CPR card
  • A score of at least 213/79 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or evidence of proficiency in English for students whose native language is not English.
  • Application documents from any non-U.S. institution must be sent to and verified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited agency

For more information on the PhD program, please visit us online.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is still accepting applications to our graduate Nursing programs: Doctor in Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practioner, and Nursing Administration!

Below are a few benefits of our graduate Nursing programs:

  • Benefit from being part of a small cohort of students:
  • Graduate faculty provide a more personal education with small classes
  • Participate in an online learning environment that accommodates optional opportunities for face to face learning.
  • Participate in clinical experiences at sites arranged in partnership with Jefferson College faculty.

For more information about any of our programs, please contact Sarah Boswell at 540-985-8309 or

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Rush University

Chicago’s top rated Rush University College of Nursing offers Master’s (CNL), DNP and PhD degree options. Known for its excellence in graduate nursing education, the DNP programs are ranked 5th and the MSN programs are ranked 16th in the most recent US News and World Report rankings. Rush also ranked in the top ten in the nation in seven graduate specialty programs and ranked 7th for best online graduate nursing programs. Through our carefully designed programs, students experience the Rush commitment to clinical scholarship and the art of nursing in action. As a leader in nursing education Rush is a top choice among nurses seeking to progress professionally. We invite you to consider becoming a “Rush nurse” and hope you will explore with us the next step in your career trajectory.

Rush University College of Nursing is pleased to announce that we have extended the following deadlines to February 15, 2017.

  • MSN for RNs: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) – Summer 2017
  • MSN for RNs: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology – Primary Care NP – Summer 2017
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology – Primary Care NP – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology CNS – Summer 2017
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology CNS – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Advanced Public Health Nursing – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Neonatal CNS – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Neonatal NP – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Pediatric CNS – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Pediatric – Acute Care NP – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Pediatric – Primary Care NP – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health NP – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Systems Leadership – Fall 2017
  • DNP: Leadership to Enhance Population Health Outcomes – Fall 2017
  • PhD: Nursing Science – Fall 2017

Please visit our website for more information about our programs. You may also contact us at with questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University

The application deadlines for fall 2017 entry to the following doctoral programs at Virginia Commonwealth University have been extended to March 15, 2017:

  • Post-Master’s DNP
  • Post-Master’s Ph.D.

Contact Cindy Kiefer, Director of Admission, at or (804) 828-2565 or visit our website with any questions about our programs.


New Programs


Nebraska Methodist College

Starting in the 2017 fall semester, Nebraska Methodist College will enroll its first class in the online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Public Health Policy track.

Headlines touting the uncertainty of America’s healthcare structure have caused concern in the healthcare industry. After more than 60 failed attempts to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, a new Congress will convene this week to discuss potential changes to Obamacare.

Advanced nurses are needed more than ever to start conversations in their local communities to improve public health programs, develop new programs and coordinate care. Ultimately, these discussions can lead to reform at the regional and national levels. Nurses with a terminal degree in nursing, at the height of their profession, will be uniquely qualified to translate years of experience into a transformation of public health policy at a systems level.

“Nurses in the DNP – Public Health Policy program will be experts in evidence-based practice nursing. As teachers, mentors, consultants and researchers, they will influence management and systems improvement,” said Alice Kindschuh, Ph.D., R.N., director of doctoral studies at Nebraska Methodist College. “They will be prepared with the knowledge and real-world experience necessary to positively influence public health policy locally, regionally and nationally.”

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP pathway requires nurses to complete a minimum of 50 credit hours and 960 clinical practice hours. Students may earn credit hours via synchronous and asynchronous online learning with one on-campus intensive weekend.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The application process for the DNP – Public Health Policy program, with class set to begin in August, is now open. Visit us online for a full description of courses, application requirements, cost and more.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) Certificate Program

FALL 2017 ENTRY is only open to MSN/DNP with APRN certification applicants. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2017. (BSN applicants or applicants currently enrolled in a RN to BSN program (CNOR/CNOR eligible) please apply later to the SPRING 2018 ENTRY.)

The Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative registered nurse (RN) or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who functions in an expanded role as a surgical first assistant. The RNFA works in collaboration with the surgeon and other health care team members to achieve optimal patient outcomes; utilizes the necessary knowledge, judgment, and skills specific to the expanded role of RNFA clinical practice; and practices intraoperatively at the direction of the surgeon” (AORN, 2015).

The RNFA role is recognized within the scope of nursing practice by the nurse practice acts in all 50 states and may vary depending on patient populations, the environment in which the RNFA practices, services provided, availability of fiscal resources including reimbursement policies, and institutional credentialing regulations. (AORN, 2015).

Designed to offer students flexibility

  • Credit Hours: 6-9 variable depending upon perioperative experience
  • Didactic Curriculum presented on-line.
  • One week (40 hours) on campus simulation workshop.
  • Perioperative Nursing Practicum (180 clinical hours) precepted by a Board-Certified Surgeon in your area of residence.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 minimum Grade Point Average
  • MSN or DNP with APRN certification (FALL 2017 ENTRY)
  • BSN or proof of current enrollment in a RN to BSN program (CNOR/CNOR eligible) (SPRING 2018 ENTRY ONLY)
  • Letters of Recommendation; Interview