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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—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.

Columbia College of Nursing

Columbia College of Nursing’s Bachelors of Science of Nursing (BSN) Degree Program has open seats for the Fall 2018 semester! We are currently accepting applications and invite you to visit our website at for program details. We are an upper division 2+2 program and offer guaranteed clinicals with no waiting lists! To learn more about our admission criteria along with the admission process, contact Susan Dondero, Admissions Specialist, directly at 414-326-1797 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 Berman at 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

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 the top-ranked graduate nursing program in the nation, 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.

Still Accepting Fall 2018 Applications for the Following Programs:

  • 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*

*online options

Questions? Contact the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Office of Admissions at 410-955-7548 or

Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University currently has spaces available in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Two-year BSN program for non-nurses without a bachelor’s degree. Accepting applications for January 2019 start at Oakland Campus. Application deadline is July 1.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP-FNP): Three-year post-BSN DNP program with FNP certification. Offered on Sacramento campus (September) and Oakland campus (January).
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Two-year post-MSN DNP program offered in an online format. Cohort begins in January 2019.
  • RN to BSN: 20-month BSN program for working ADN prepared nurses. Offered on our campuses in Oakland, Sacramento and San Mateo at various times throughout the year. Face-to-face classes just once per week.

For more information, visit our website.

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 January 2019 – APPLY TODAY!

Union College’s nursing program is one of the best and here’s why:

  • Our December 2017 graduates had a 100% NCLEX-RN (national licensure exam) pass rate! Our graduates also achieved the highest NCLEX-RN pass rate in Nebraska and the Seventh-day Adventist higher educational system for 2015 & 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 as well as 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.
  • A minor in leadership can be completed simultaneously with the BSN degree.
  • The Global Health Nursing elective course creates an opportunity to travel to Nicaragua over Spring Break to provide care to the Miskito Indians.
  • 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!

Questions? Please feel free to contact John Luckiesh, Enrollment Counselor, at or 402-486-2674.

University of Miami

Did you know we provide all MSN-to-DNP, MSN, and Post-Master’s Certificate students with preceptors and clinical sites throughout their time at UM? We have over 170 clinical partners throughout South Florida and work closely with students to ensure they complete their clinical hours in areas closely tied to their area of specialization.

Apply today!

Questions? Check out, e-mail our Recruiter at, or call 305-284-4325 for more information.

 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 Nursing CAS. 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
  • 100% 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)

 New Programs