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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

Seats are currently open in all Ashland University Nursing programs. Registration for Summer and Fall semesters is now live. Summer classes start May 7 (and July 2 for 7-week online programs); fall classes begin Aug. 27 (and Oct. 22 for 7-week online programs).

Ashland University offers several accredited undergraduate and graduate-level programs for those interested in becoming a nurse, or for nurses who wish to further their education.

Students in our traditional bachelor of science in nursing benefit from Ashland U’s award-winning Simulation Center. This state-of-the-art facility consists of several interactive labs that supplement classroom, clinical, and hands-on learning experiences. Online degree options are designed to meet the busy schedules of working professionals without sacrificing quality of instruction or Ashland University’s focus on the individual. We are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive environment for each student, and our online programs are no exception.

Undergraduate: Traditional BSN, Accelerated Nursing Second Degree Program, Advanced Entry Program, and RN to BSN (online). *RN-BSN new tuition rates are $265 per credit hour; $215 per credit hour for Corporate Partners.

Graduate (online): Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) —Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP), Advance Practice Nurses (MS/MSN to DNP), or Health Systems Leadership (BSN to DNP and MS/MSN to DNP); School Nurse Program; Nurse Educator Certificate Program.

AU nursing students are committed to nursing practice, leadership, and service. They learn and demonstrate I CARE values (Integrity, Caring, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence) which give them an edge in the job market.

Learn more at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, or contact Patti Clayburn, MS, RN, at

Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University has open seats for both the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (starts May 7th) and the Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner (starts August 23rd).

Belmont University

Belmont University is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Our graduate nursing programs – the BSN-to-DNP for Family Nurse Practice (FNP), the MSN-to-DNP, the MSN for Family Nurse Practice (FNP), and post graduate APRN for Family Nurse Practice – all continue to have open seats for Fall 2018, but are nearing capacity.

South Dakota State University

The application for the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Accelerated BSN in Aberdeen, South Dakota is now open. This is a 12-month, second-degree program that starts in January 2019 and ends December 2019. This program is located on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Students who meet the following entry criteria may apply via NursingCAS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field conferred by December 31, 2018.
  • A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.8;
  • A grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisite/General Education courses, or their equivalents:
    • Nursing Seminar, First Year Experience or similar transfer course,
    • English Composition I,
    • English Composition II,
    • Speech, Debate or Presentational Speaking,
    • At least two courses or 6 semester credits of Humanities,
    • College Algebra or higher;
  • A grade of “C” or better and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the following pre-nursing courses, or their equivalents* (some syllabi may be required to establish equivalencies):
    • General Psychology,
    • Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, or Sociology of Rural America,
    • Lifespan Development,
    • Chemistry Survey & lab, or General Chemistry I & lab,
    • Organic & Biochemistry & lab, or General Chemistry II & lab,
    • Human Anatomy & lab (completed Spring 2012 or after),
    • Human Physiology & lab (completed Spring 2012 or after),
    • General Microbiology & lab,
    • Human Nutrition (SDSU requires an advanced level Human Nutrition course called NUTR 315 – transfer students must supply a syllabus for their completed Nutrition course to determine course equivalency if equivalency has not yet been established
  • Students may have up to four pre-nursing courses left to complete at the time of application, but courses must be completed and a degree conferred by December 31, 2018.
  • Apply and be accepted to South Dakota State University at this link.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be sent to South Dakota State University, Enrollment Services Center, Office of Admissions, Box 511, Brookings, SD 57007
  • Additional information, including details on the personal statement, technical standards and eligibility requirements, procedures for transferring from another nursing program, computer requirements, and cost is located at this link.

Please contact Sara Olson at

University of Miami

Don’t miss your opportunity to apply to one of our MSN Programs for the Fall 2018 term. The deadline to apply for the following programs is April 1st:

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Office of Student Services at (305) 284-4325 or

 Deadline Extensions

Ashland University

Ashland University has extended the application deadline for the upcoming May 2018 Accelerated Nursing cohort! The new deadline is April 1st so now is a great time to complete your application!

Harding University

Deadline Extension to April 1st, 2018

Online Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Harding University, is now available to Tennessee residents. We have open seats for Fall 2018 admission.

We offer a primarily online format, but also require on campus intensives once a semester (skills training, Health Assessment, guest speakers, class get togethers, and additional opportunities to meet face to face with the faculty).

Please contact Dr. Dona Clarin or Mrs. Stephanie Adcock to learn about the opportunities at Harding University! 501-279-4859

 New Programs