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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 — designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but wish to become a Registered Nurse (15 months/4 semesters).
  • Advanced Entry Program — a competitive option for transfer students who wish to complete the nursing coursework needed to become a Registered Nurse in a fast-paced format (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 residency requirements throughout the program. Specialty tracks include Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP), Health Systems Leadership (BSN or MS/MSN to DNP), and Advanced Practice Nurse (MS/MSN to DNP).
  • School Nurse Program — post-bachelor’s 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 (online) — teaches nurses how to teach in a nursing education program or healthcare setting. 12 credit hours graduate-level coursework and 48-hour practicum/project. Completers eligible for Certified Nurse Educator (CNE ®) Examination (National League for Nursing).

For start dates and deadlines, call 419-289-5738 or visit our website.

Bellarmine University

We still have open seats available for our two-year BSN option which starts July 2. It blends traditional pace courses with accelerated pace courses. For additional application and program information, please visit our website. You can also contact us at 502-272-7200 or

Holy Names University

Holy Names University in Oakland, California has open seats available for the following programs starting in our Fall Semester 2018. Please contact Travis 510-436-1682 or for more information on these programs.

  • ADN (RN) to BSN
  • ADN (RN) to MSN
  • MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN/Nurse Educator
  • MSN/Administration/Management
  • MSN/Care Transition Management
  • MSN/Nursing Informatics

 Deadline Extensions

Harding University

Harding University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program has opened additional seats for Fall 2018 admission. The deadline has been extended til May 21, 2018. Please review the application requirements presented in NursingCAS. Please contact our office at 501-279-4859 for further information. Stephanie Adcock (Graduate Program Administrative Assistant) of Dr. Dona Clarin (FNP Program Director) are happy to answer any questions.

A few highlights of the program:

  • Christian based-education
  • High pass rate for National Certification Exam
  • Small class sizes
  • Online course instruction at your convenience
  • On campus time once a semester (skills workshops, guest speakers, field experiences, health assessment, and clinical course simulations, spend time with peers and faculty)

Saint Mary’s College – Indiana

Saint Mary’s College has extended the application deadline for the fall 2018 DNP entering class to July 15.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is committed to providing graduates with the range and depth of expertise to be leaders in an ever-changing and complex healthcare system. Students who successfully complete the program will be ready to devise solutions to unmet healthcare needs. Students gain expertise in data analytics, healthcare policy advocacy, and interprofessional collaboration for improving health outcomes. The DNP is available in three tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


  • Unique hybrid online program, allowing you to work full- or part-time just about anywhere
  • 4 year program, with 2-3 courses per term (includes 4 summer terms)
  • Fixed tuition for the duration of the program
  • Accessible faculty
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Eligible for licensure as a nurse practitioner and Board Certified
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) or
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)

South Dakota State University

The application for the 2019 South Dakota State University Accelerated BSN in Aberdeen SD will remain open until September 17, or until the program is filled with qualified applicants. Details on our program can be found at our website. Questions about the program can be directed to me at

University of Miami

The application deadline for our hybrid and executive-style MSN-to-DNP Program for the Fall 2018 term has been extended to August 1st, 2018. The application for the Spring 2019 term is August 1st as well. Submit your application and supporting documents today! If you have any questions regarding the application process or required items, please contact our recruiter, Isabella Figueroa, at 305-284-4325 or

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

MTSA has extended the application deadline to June 25, 2018, for the cohort enrolling January 2019. For a list of requirements to apply, please go to our website. Contact with any questions.

 New Programs

Ashland University

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Ashland University is pleased to announce the reception of the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Its purpose is to provide forgiveness loans to students who are committed to becoming nursing faculty. Up to 15 DNP students can receive these loans to help pay for tuition, books and fees, in exchange for a four-year commitment to work as a faculty member at any nursing college. To apply for this new program, contact Lisa M. Young, DNP, APRN, director of the DNP program at or the administrative assistant, Wendi Bigelow at 419-521-6869 or Applications from qualified students will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.