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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.

Attend the Discover Nursing Virtual Fair to Learn More about Graduate & Second Degree Nursing Programs

Are you interested in starting or advancing your career in nursing? This is your opportunity to meet with nursing school representatives to learn more about graduate nursing education and second degree nursing programs. Register for this free event hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and NursingCAS to connect with nursing school admissions counselors and advisors and to learn more about your education options. The Discover Nursing Virtual Fair  will be held on September 19, from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM ET. This event is designed to easily connect nursing schools with prospective students via an online platform, no travel required. For more information on the event, visit the virtual fair page.


Angelo State University

Angelo State University is accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort for the Master of Nursing Program: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Educator Track (NE). Angelo State University’s online Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) degree programs have been ranked among the best and most affordable in the nation for 2019 by multiple higher education resource guides. for more information about Angelo State University Department of Nursing visit

Ashland University

  • 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—an on-campus program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but wish to become a Registered 
  • Nurse (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 $250 per credit hour; $200 per credit hour for Corporate Partners.
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)—flexible, online format with occasional on-site requirements throughout the program. Specialty tracks include Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP), Health Systems Leadership (BSN or MSN to DNP), and Advanced Practice Nurse (MSN to DNP). Application materials due March 31 for May 2019 cohort. *HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program also available!
  • School Nurse Program—post-bachelor 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— for RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or Master of Science in Nursing Degree or Doctoral Degree. Prepares nurses to teach in a nursing education program or healthcare setting. 12 credit hours of graduate-level online coursework and 48-hour practicum/project.

For start dates and deadlines, call 419.289.5738 or visit our website.

Belmont University

Belmont University is located in Nashville, Tennessee and offers on-campus programs for advanced nursing practice. Since 2004 (15 years) 100% of our MSN and DNP graduates have passed the national certification exam for FNPs on their first attempt, well above the national average pass rate of 84%.

Dominican University of Illinois

Dominican’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program provides the skills and credentials you need to advance your career—and your earning power. Designed for working RNs, the RN-BSN program is fully online with optional campus visit opportunities if one-on-one instruction is desired. You can attend full time or part time and earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 12 months. Visit our website for more information

We are currently admitting for the Spring 2020 start. The application deadline is November 15, 2019.

Goshen College

Goshen College has open seats in our DNP program for the next start, August 24, 2020. Applicants to the program are required to have a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and be licensed as an RN in the state where they will conduct their final DNP project. Our post-MSN DNP program is online with two required residencies. The first residency takes place at the end of September/early October. The second residency is at the end of the program. We have two options: full time completed in 6 semesters; part-time completed in 9 semesters.
For more information, visit our website: or contact the program director, Ruth Stoltzfus, PhD, at
We look forward to hearing from you!

Holy Names University

Holy Names University has Open Seats available in the following Programs for Spring 2020, beginning in January


MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner

MSN/Nurse Educator



Please contact Travis Berman, 510-436-1682, for more information or join us for an upcoming info session on our campus:

Holy Names University is located on 60 wooded acres in the Oakland hills. The unique location offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of Oakland, San Francisco and the Bay. Nestled among the hills, the campus provides a safe haven and an extremely beautiful study atmosphere.

James Madison University

Accepting Spring 2020 Applications for the Following Programs:

MSN Leadership includes Clinical Nurse Leader* and Nurse Administrator*

MSN Nurse Practitioner includes Family, Adult/Gerontology, Psychiatric Mental Health

Nurse Midwifery

Doctor of Nursing Practice*

*online options

Questions? Contact Dawn Wyvill at 540-568-2909 or see our website JMU SON

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College’s Accelerated BSN program is designed for students with a previous baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major or at least 68 hours of college credit (of which no more than 60 credits can transfer from a 2-year institution.) This option offers all required nursing coursework over 5 terms of intensive study, allowing students to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in only 12 months.

Classes start January 6 2020. Apply now!

MGH Institute of Health Professions

MGH Institute of Health Professions is a graduate school specialized in educating health care leaders for a diverse society through leadership in education, clinical practice, research, and community engagement. We are home to direct-entry and post-professional programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistance studies, communication sciences and disorders, genetic counseling, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Health professions Education. At MGH Institute of Health Professions, we’re tomorrow ready.

We are now accepting applications for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing Programs!

  • Spring 2020 ABSN cycle is now open!
  • Summer 2020 ABSN cycle is now open!
  • Fall 2020 DEN cycle is now open!

Please visit our website for additional application information, and requirements: Please contact the Office of Admission ( with any questions. We look forward to viewing your application!

Roseman University of Health Sciences

Roseman University of Health Sciences is currently accepting application for our BSN and MSN-FNP programs beginning in the year 2020!

Our 18-month BSN program operates in Henderson, NV and the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. With two campus locations, students are able to obtain a plethora of clinical based experiences within various settings. Our collaborative learning environment, affords students the opportunity to fully engage in the nursing experience. Conducting full clinical shifts, Roseman students will complete approximately 696 clinical hours. Other highlights include:

  • 92.47% NCLEX Pass Rates
  • 96% Completion rate
  • 95% Job placement rates

In addition to our undergraduate program, Roseman offers a 23-month MSN-FNP program online with limited residencies. The MSN-FNP program offers students the ability to work full time and complete clinical hours in their current state, with prior approval. Whether you’re looking to jump start your career as a BSN, or advance your current skills through a MSN-FNP, Roseman University College of Nursing is here to help. Come run with us!!!

For more information, inquire at

Rush University

Offering MSN, DNP and PhD degree options, Chicago’s Rush University College of Nursing prepares students to advance the quality of patient care and nursing practice. US News & World Report ranks Rush’s DNP programs #4 in the nation with eight specialiies ranked in the top 10. At Rush University, excellence is just the beginning. We invite you to consider becoming a “Rush nurse” and hope you will explore with us the next step in your career trajectory.

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applications open now for all programs! Please visit for more information today!

Questions? Contact us at for answers.

Union College – Nebraska

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

  • 100% NCLEX-RN (national licensure exam) pass rate for three of the past four graduating cohorts – December 2018, May 2018 & December 2017 – and a 95% pass rate for the May 2019 cohort!
  • The nursing curriculum is only five semesters long and clinical rotations begin the first semester of the nursing program
  • Clinicals are held in all the major hospital systems in Lincoln and in the local 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.
  • The Global Health Nursing elective course creates an opportunity to travel to a developing country over Spring Break to provide care.
  • 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!

Visit our website for more information. Questions? Please feel free to contact Yary Jimenez, Health Sciences Enrollment Counselor, at or 402-486-2674.

University of Cincinnati

Fall 2020 Doctor of Nursing Practice Applications Now Open!
Submit your application right away for one of our nationally-ranked DNP programs! Deadlines vary, so be sure to note these and submit early–some programs may close before the deadline is reached. All of our DNP programs require interviews. Interview schedules and requirements vary by program, so visit our website or contact the admissions counselor (below) for additional information.

  • DNP Nurse Anesthesia: Priority Deadline November 1, 2019 & Final Deadline December 2, 2019
  • Post-MSN DNP: Priority Deadline March 2, 2020 & Final Deadline April 1, 2020
  • The following DNP programs have a Priority Deadline February 3, 2020 & Final Deadline March 2, 2020:
    • DNP Adult-Gero Acute Care NP
    • DNP Adult-Gero Primary Care NP
    • DNP Family NP
    • DNP Nursing Administration
    • DNP Pediatric Acute Care NP
    • DNP Psych Mental Health NP

For questions about Nurse Anesthesia, Post-MSN DNP, and any of our NP programs, contact Bobby Rue at For questions about our Nursing Administration program, contact Zhane Broomfield at

University of New England

As Maine’s leading provider of health professionals, the University of New England’s Accelerated BSN program is accepting applications for our January 2020 cohort. Apply before October 31, 2019 to be considered. What makes our program stand out?

  • Clinical simulation experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation labs.
  • Interprofessional education opportunities to allow you to work alongside other members of the health care team.
  • Professional involvement experiences through our UNE Student Nurse Association, which is affiliated with the National Student Nurse Association.
  • Service learning programs locally, regionally and globally.
  • Preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) with consistently high scores. UNE’s 2018 nursing graduates achieved a 98.9 percent pass rate, surpassing the national average of 89.41 percent and the Maine state average of 89 percent.
  • A unique learning environment in Portland, Maine with coastal views, friendly people, a wealth of arts and cultural institutions, and major medical facilities for internships and rotations.

Want to find out more about our program? Visit our website. Questions? Contact Pete Heeley at (207) 602-2385 or

Take a virtual tour of our Portland Campus and nursing facilities.

University of Miami

The 2019-2020 application cycle for the School of Nursing and Health Studies is now open! We are accepting applications for the following programs:

  • Spring 2020


  • Summer 2020


Accelerated BSN

  • Fall 2020



MSN & Post-Master’s (various tracks)

  • Spring 2021

BSN-to-DNP, Nurse Anesthesia Track

For admission requirements and application deadlines, please visit Feel free contact the Office of Student Services at (305) 284-4325 if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your application!

University of Michigan – Flint

The MSN – Nurse Educator and DNP – Executive Leadership are two of our newer programs at the University of Michigan-Flint. Both currently have open seats. Learn more by clicking the links. We have campus open houses coming up and webinar options as well. Visit our events here to learn more.

Have a great day and GO BLUE!


University of Cincinnati

  • MSN & Post-MSN Family NP (online & on-campus)
  • MSN Adult-Gero Primary Care (online & on-campus)
  • Post-MSN Adult-Gero Primary Care (on-campus)
  • Post-MSN Adult-Gero Acute Care (on-campus)
  • MSN Nurse Midwifery (online/hybrid)
  • MSN Women’s Health NP (online)

To take advantage of this deadline extension, your NursingCAS application must be at Received status (all materials except transcripts & recommendations) with your NursingCAS fee paid by October 4, 2019. For more information, visit our website.

*Applicants whose application was at Received status prior to September 3, 2019: All materials must be received by October 1, 2019. The NursingCAS cycle change does not allow for an extension beyond this date. Click HERE to access your application.

Deadline Extension Date: 10/04/2019


California State University, East Bay

Cal State East Bay’s Hybrid Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you for advance practice as health educators, consultants, and administrative leaders. Throughout the program, you’ll broaden your knowledge and skills so that you can serve as an effective leader in various educational and health care settings. The part-time study format includes predominantly online courses designed to give working nurses the greatest access to education with flexible delivery.

The MSN Program provides two practice concentrations: Nursing Education & Nursing Leadership and Administration

The Hybrid MS in Nursing degree online program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited US institution and are licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse in California.

Fall applications for 2020 are due by May 1, 2020. Apply at…

Contact us at for more information. Please email us for upcoming MSN Information Sessions.

Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) has received a new $2.8 million federal grant to increase the number of Doctor of Nursing Practice students who can serve rural and underserved populations in Washington. The grant, from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), will strengthen training partnerships between the university and healthcare practices in those communities. And it will help train graduates in the use of telehealth, a growing area of modern healthcare that employs computer and video technology to connect patients and practitioners virtually. Read more at

PLU DNP program was ranked #109 best in the nation by the US News and World Report. Our nursing degree carries a long history in nursing and alumni network in Washington State and nationally. Its curriculum is informed by real world practice and meets all requirements for national certification. All clinical placements are arranged by PLU faculty, and small cohorts ensure high quality, supportive and individual learning environment. Full or part time options are available. For more details, visit the DNP program website: or schedule a phone appointment to speak to an admission counselor.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan School of Nursing is now offering three of its Master of Science in Nursing degree programs online, with courses beginning in fall 2020. The application is open now with an early deadline of January 15, 2020 and a final deadline of April 15, 2020.

In addition to traditional on-campus programs, students will have the opportunity to complete their MSN in the Primary Care Family Nurse PractitionerAdult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Leadership, Analytics and Innovation specialties through immersive online courses.

Students interested in the new online MSN programs can learn more on the U-M School of Nursing website or connect with the Recruiting & Admissions team at

University of St. Thomas 

University of St. Thomas-Houston is responding to the increase need for nurses! Boldly moving forward we have expanded our programs to provide foundational knowledge as well as advance graduate level leadership growth for nurses. Our degree programs now include an ABSN, DNP, and BSN. If you are interested in learning more about the admissions process, please email or call 713-313-6067.

NEW Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

  • 12 month degree plan
  • Designed for students who already have a bachelor degree
  • Resources for academic success both online and in person
  • Starting Fall 2020

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP): Transformational Leadership

  • Two tracks for the working professionals: Post-Masters and Post-Bacc
  • Online with three on-campus seminars
  • One on one mentoring through the program
  • Next enrollment will be Fall 2020

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Holistic Healing

  • 3 year on-campus degree plan
  • Classes are in the Center for Science and Health Professions building with state-of-the-art technology and study space
  • Support resources within the Nursing Success Center
  • Minutes from the Texas Medical Center which offers clinical placement
  • Next enrollment will be Fall 2020

To learn more about any of these great opportunities starting in fall 2020 at or you can contact Sara N. Johnson, Senior Nursing Admissions Counselor, at or 713-313-6067.