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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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Reminder: 2023-2024 Academic Update Window Open through August 23

The 2023-2024 Spring/Summer Academic Update (AU) window opened on Friday, May 24 and will close on Friday, August 23:

  • 2023-2024 cycle: May 24, 2024 – August 23, 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. Spring 2024) or enter newly-planned coursework (i.e. Fall 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

Recording Available: Preparing and Strengthening Your NursingCAS Application Webinar

In April, NursingCAS hosted our Preparing and Strengthening Your NursingCAS Application webinar. If you were not able to make it, you can still watch the recording to stay well-informed on applicant best practices.

Webinar content includes:

  • Detailed overview of the NursingCAS application
  • Guidance on requesting 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



Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University WI is still accepting Fall 2024 applications for the online undergraduate RN to BSN Completion program! This program is ideal for the RN who has their associate degree but wants to advance as a nurse and needs to complete their bachelor’s degree. Online classes start every eight weeks throughout the year, but Fall is the ideal time to start this program that is designed for working nurses!

Concordia is also accepting applicants for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program for Spring 2025, which is perfect for someone who has a non-nursing bachelor’s degree that is looking to earn their RN! This fifteen-month cohort hybrid (online and in-person) program starts in January each year, and applications are due November 1. 

The below graduate programs are also accepting applicants for Fall 2024. The application deadline is July 1, and these online programs only start in Fall of every year! Don’t delay and apply today! Your NursingCAS application must be received and paid for by July 1 to be considered for admission.

The below graduate programs are still accepting applicants for Fall 2024 & Spring 2025. The application deadline is July 1 for the Fall 2024 start and November 1 for the Spring 2025 start. For those wishing to start in Fall 2024, the NursingCAS application must be received and paid for by July 1 to be considered for admission. These programs are online and Concordia offers rolling admissions. Bonus! These programs do not require an admissions interview. 

Have questions? Please contact Heidi Sternig, School of Nursing Admissions Counselor at or via phone at (262) 243-4313 or via text at (262) 384-5403.

Davenport University

Davenport University’s BSN prelicensure program has open seats for a January 2025 start at our beautiful Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) fully prepares you for licensing exams and builds a solid foundation for your future in nursing. This program is designed for students with no prior nursing experience. Grants and scholarships, including an $8,000 nursing scholarship, are available for our Warren, Lansing and Midland campuses.

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2024. Learn more on our website and apply today!

Emory & Henry College

The Emory & Henry College School of Nursing invites you to apply for the remaining open seats in our RN-BSN program for Fall 2024.

The RN-BSN (registered nurse to bachelor of science) nursing program at Emory & Henry in Southwest Virginia will equip you to understand the cultural, economic, political, and social concerns impacting patients and their healthcare. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to actively engage and contribute to the nursing profession through lifelong learning, leadership, scholarship and service.

Please contact Natalie Blankenship at if you have any questions or would like further information.

Florida International University

Florida International University’s (FIU) Graduate Nursing programs are accepting new applications for the Post-BSN to DNP Part-Time program (with accelerated options) and the Post-Master’s DNP Online program.

Nationally-ranked among the U.S. News & World Report’s best graduate nursing schools, the FIU Graduate Nursing unit of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees for the following concentrations:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (now fully online coursework!)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (now fully online coursework!)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Applications will be open for Spring 2025 admissions from May 1 – August 1, 2024. To learn more, or to register for one of our monthly information sessions, visit our website.

Harding University

The application is open for Harding University’s Master of Science in Nursing programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Master’s Entry Level into Professional Nursing. Scholarships are available for eligible admitted students. Apply now!

  • Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner: Available to registered nurses with a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing and higher degrees, this program prepares family nurse practitioners for outpatient settings across the lifespan. The program consists of online courses with on-campus intensives three times throughout the entire program. Part-time and full-time tracks are available. Now admitting in Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please contact our office for deadline information.
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing: Harding offers the first prelicensure program in Arkansas, preparing students to become advanced entry-level professional nurses who graduate with a Master of Science in nursing. The master’s entry into professional nursing will include a focus on health care administration and leadership. The five-semester program is offered year-round. Completed applications are reviewed upon submission.

Two tracks are available for the MEPN program:

  1. Traditional track for those with bachelor’s degree in any field.*
  2. Early entry track for those with 90 undergraduate credit hours.*

*Both MEPN tracks require Arkansas nursing prerequisites

For more information on the FNP program, please visit our FNP program page or email For more information on the MEPN program, please visit the MEPN program page or email

Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte

Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC is accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The university’s decades of hospitality and culinary excellence provide the foundation for JWU’s patient-centered, empathetic, and holistic approach to healthcare education. Program highlights include:

  • Cohort model
  • Accelerated 16-month program
  • New, state-of-the-art simulation center
  • Clinical rotation affiliation agreements with Atrium Health, Novant Health, and more
  • Inclusive program cost (tuition, uniforms, textbooks, and more)
  • Scholarships available for eligible admitted students

Applications must be completed through NursingCAS by July 1, 2024. Pre-requisites can be in progress when applying, as long as they are completed before the program start date of August 26, 2024. Pre-requisites include a previously-earned bachelor’s degree in any field, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and the following courses completed within the last tenyears, receiving a “B” (80) or higher: 

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with Labs
  • Microbiology with Lab 
  • General, Organic, or Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Human Nutrition 
  • Statistics

Questions? Check out more details on our website or reach out to Jessica Manglicmot, Admissions Counselor, at

McMurry University

McMurry Nursing at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is accepting Fall term applications for its BSN and MSN programs. Our program boasts a rich history of graduating high-quality nurses and top NCLEX pass rates – graduates from 2023 achieved 96.2%.

At McMurry University Nursing, we believe in making your educational journey as smooth as possible. That’s why there’s no waiting – you can start earning your degree immediately. Plus, we’ve eliminated the stress of an entrance exam. Admissions are granted two times per year, making it easier for you to plan your academic journey.

Working with Hendrick Health system in Abilene, Texas, our students can qualify for up to $28,000 over their last four semesters to cover tuition, fees, and books if they accept a guaranteed nursing role at Hendrick Health for four years after graduation.

For more information, please get in touch with Macy McMillan at (325) 793-6743 or via email at

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 do 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 must be completed by the start of the program in September. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis for Fall 2024.

Please contact Brian Dixon at with any questions.

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

The Master of Science in nursing for Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) program at Rosalind Franklin University is a 24-month program to prepare students for both fundamental nursing concepts and the multifaceted evolving skills to join, and ultimately lead, the nursing profession. The MENP program still has seats open for this fall and will accept applications until June 15, 2024.

MENP Program Highlights:

  • RFU boasts one of only a few Empathy Labs in the country where – through both physical and virtual interactions – students learn the skills to provide and advocate for empathetic, patient-centered care.
  • Supportive faculty comprised of renowned clinical instructors and Magnet hospital clinical partners.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with a variety of patient populations through a network of clinical sites – and RFU’s Interprofessional Community Clinic – prepares graduates for real-world nursing practice.

If you have questions or we can provide additional information, please email Liana Baldwin, Graduate Nursing Admissions Recruiter, at We also invite you to join us for a Discover MSN for Entry into Nursing Practice virtual session.

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 the completion of your degree affordable and convenient. Our deadlines are September 30 (all degrees) and February 15 (all degrees) every year. The Graduate Certificate program only admits for Fall.

Online 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.

For more information on becoming a MIZZOU Nurse, visit our website or contact Dr. Miriam Butler at, Esther Ellis at, or Leslie McPeak at (573) 882-0200 or

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Whether you want to work directly with patients or influence health care on a broader scale, UTMB School of Nursing’s CCNE-accredited MSN program can help you reach your goals. This program, which includes seven different tracks, was ranked #12 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs category according to the U.S. News and World Report for 2024!

Our seven MSN tracks include: Adult Gerontology Acute Care NPAdult Gerontology Primary Care NPClinical Nurse LeaderExecutive Nurse LeaderFamily NPNeonatal NP, and Nurse Educator.

William Jewell College

We are making decisions now for our January 2025, twelve-month BSN program at William Jewell College, but seats are still available! Don’t miss your chance to snag a spot in our cohort or to take advantage of the Liberty Hospital partnership program.

More information about all of this is on our website. For any additional questions, please call or text Mark Robison at (816) 408-6949 or email


Davenport University

Davenport University has extended the deadline for the Fall 2024 BSN prelicensure program to July 19, 2024 at our Warren, Midland, and Lansing campuses. New students are eligible for a generous scholarship. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) fully prepares you for licensing exams and builds a solid foundation for your future in nursing. This program is designed for students with no prior nursing experience. Apply today!

Florida International University

Florida International University is accepting applications for Fall 2024!

FIU Nursing’s Accelerated Option BSN  program at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences is uniquely designed for people who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. The AO BSN is comprised of four (4) semesters of full-time coursework. Students are admitted into the AO BSN program once a year in the Fall semester. Please register to attend an information session to learn more about our program.

The deadline to apply to the AO BSN program has been extended to June 25, 2024. Apply now!

University of Miami

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has extended the deadline for their Fall 2024 programs to July 1, 2024! This includes the following programs:

  • BSN-DNP in Acute Care and Family NP (both full-time AND part-time)
  • MSN in Acute Care and Family NP (full-time)
  • Post-Master’s in Family NP and Acute Care.

Please reach out to Michelle Coven at with any and all application questions.


University of Houston

Shape future healthcare. The path to becoming a nurse educator at Gessner College of Nursing University of Houston is more than a career choice – it’s a commitment to the future of healthcare and nursing education. 

The post-master’s Nursing Education Certificate program enables experienced master’s- or doctoral-prepared professional nurses to combine their clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. In this program, you will learn to construct appropriate curricula, teaching materials, and evaluation strategies that provide practical, up-to-date educational experiences. You will learn to influence all levels of care while promoting safe, high-quality health outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and healthcare systems through strong leadership and sound research. 

The certificate program consists of nine credit hours with three courses. Two courses provide 45-hour practicums in the classroom and in our state-of-the-art accredited simulation labs!

Courses offered in Fall 2024 and Spring 2025:

  1. NURS 6314 (three credit hours): Development of Nursing Curriculum, with 45-hour practicum – Fall 2024
  2. NURS 6313 (three credit hours): Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning in Nursing – Spring 2025
  3. NURS 6312 (three credit hours): Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education, with 45-hour practicum – Spring 2025

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Linda Connelly by email at or via text at (904) 307-2755. You can also reach out to Carly Peden at

The application is open through July 1. Apply through NursingCAS today!

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco has launched a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Health Systems Leadership program to provide Master’s-educated RNs with a solid foundation in understanding the current and future state of health care systems. This program allows students to focus their future leadership in specific concentration areas: clinical education & simulation, management, or population health. The program is offered in a hybrid format and can be completed in seven semesters (about three years).

Applications are now open for a Fall 2024 start and prospective students are welcome to schedule an appointment with Patrik Donahue, Director of Graduate Enrollment, to learn more by emailing him at