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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.


Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2019 term of our online BSN to DNP and DNP programs. Our BSN to DNP pathway program is designed for students who currently have their BSN and are looking to move quickly into a DNP program. Our DNP program is designed to help students develop their clinical and leadership skills through two distinct tracks — Executive Nursing Leadership and Advanced Practice Nurse. Visit to learn more about these CCNE-accredited programs.

Ready to enroll? Please call 855-219-7300 or complete this form.

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%.

Goshen College

Goshen College has open seats in our DNP program for the next start, January 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 January/early February. 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!

Harding University

Find your place and your mission at Harding University. Our Carr College of Nursing offers a Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN). The curriculum is offered in a primarily online format where students gain the required knowledge via weekly online lectures, learning assignments and proctored testing. To validate student competencies and provide training for advanced practice skills, students are required to attend on campus intensives for 3-5 days each semester. We are committed to providing a holistic, caring, patient-centered approach to health care, taught by faculty who want to see you succeed academically, personally and spiritually. With a 100% certification pass rate and employment rate since the program’s start, we are confident that our program will prepare you to be a leader in your field.

Contact Dr. Dona Clarin or 501-279-4859

or visit more information.

Holy Names University

Holy Names University currently has Open Seats for the Fall Semester in the following programs


MSN – Nurse Educator

MSN – MBA (dual degree)

MSN – Administration


All programs require a valid California RN license. Please contact Travis Berman at 510-436-1682 or or apply now:

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 a top-ranked graduate nursing program, 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.

Accepting Spring 2020 Applications for the Following Programs:

MSN Entry into Nursing

MSN Health Systems Management*

Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate*

*online options

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

Milwaukee School of Engineering-School of Nursing

Milwaukee School of Engineering- School of Nursing (MSOE) is a private university located in downtown Milwaukee, a 5-minute walk from the shores of Lake Michigan. MSOE offers a BSN as well as MSN in leadership and management.

The BSN program includes tracks for traditional, transfer, and accelerated second degree students. The BSN curriculum integrates a strong technology base that will make you a better caregiver. The two track options make an MSOE nursing degree accessible to many different types of students. The skills learned at MSOE will help make your transition into the nursing profession a successful one. All students are admitted directly into the programs and guaranteed clinical placements.

Our MSN program is designed for the working professional with a focus on the skills needed for leading and managing. Students gain competencies to manage financial and human capital resources, analyze data, manage change, negotiate conflict, ensure quality and safety, and understand complex organizational systems, all through the lens of nursing practice. MSN students have the option to earn an MBA with an additional 24 credits.

We have current openings in the BSN and MSN programs for fall and are reviewing applicants for Winter quarter (classes start Monday Dec. 2) and Spring quarter (classes start Monday March 9, 2020).  The accelerated program accepts students in Fall and Spring quarter.

Or contact us directly:

Dr. Jane Paige, Undergraduate Program Director, 414-277-4522

Dr. Debra Jenks, Graduate Program Director, 414-277-4516

Mississippi College

Places are open in the campus-based BSN and Accelerated BSN (second degree students) programs. The next application deadline for both on-campus nursing programs (BSN and ABSN) is February 1st 2020.
The online RN-BSN program is available for six student starts every year. Our “rolling” admission program allows students to commence their program of studies in August, October, January, March, May and June of each year. Students can complete the RN-BSN nursing courses in a year. Students missing general education courses may take these concurrently with their nursing requirements and have a slightly longer completion timeline. Our program offers incredible value ($8,950) and we are committed to helping you work towards your nursing goals.

Missouri State University

The RNFA program at Missouri State University is still accepting applications for the Fall, 2019 semester! This is a hybrid program with only two on-campus visits.

Contact Dr. Cindi Aurentz at for more information or check out our website for more information and to apply. We look forward to talking with you soon!

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Applications are now open for our Spring 2020 MS in Nursing-to-DNP program. Here is why you should choose our program:

  • 100% Online and designed for the working professional
  • Our DNP program is 40 semester hours
  • The degree can be completed in two and a half years of part-time study. Five semesters of 6-7 credits per semester and two summer semesters of 3 credits each
  • No GRE required
  • Affordable SUNY Tuition. Financial aid is available.Deadline for Spring 2020 is November 1, 2019

University of Cincinnati

The Spring 2021 application opens on August 15th, 2019 with a priority deadline of November 1, 2019 and final deadline of December 2, 2019.

Our Nurse Anesthesia is the fourth-oldest program in the United States, established in 1945 and is ranked No. 22 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Students receive support from 15 dedicated didactic and simulation faculty and more than 80 clinical faculty. In addition, the program offers a variety of experiences at clinical sites within walking distance of the university, including a level I trauma center, high-risk obstetric unit, one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals and multiple outpatient surgery centers and community hospitals. Program information can be found HERE and application requirements can be found HERE. Contact Bobby Rue, Admissions Counselor, at for additional questions.

Union College – Nebraska

Union College, the #1 nursing program in Nebraska, is accepting applications for our January 2020 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) cohort – Apply today!

Our program is one of the best and here’s why:

  • 100% NCLEX-RN pass rate for the past three graduating cohorts – December 2018, May 2018 & December 2017!
  • The nursing curriculum is only five semesters long and clinical rotations begin the first semester of the 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 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.

If you’ve been searching for a program with a tradition of excellence, small class sizes, and professors committed to your success, you’ve found it!

Visit our website for more information: Have questions? Contact Yary Jimenez, Enrollment Counselor, at or 402-486-2674.

University of Cincinnati

Application opens August 15, 2019 with a priority deadline of March 2, 2020 and final deadline of April 1, 2020. The University of Cincinnati’s Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice is meant for nurses with a master’s degree who want to continue their education and become leaders in the increasingly complex health care field. Our nationally-ranked online program provides students with unique mentorship opportunities, preparing future DNPs to be leaders in their field on day one. Click HERE for program information. Click HERE for application requirements. Contact Bobby Rue, Admissions Counselor, at for additional information.

University of Cincinnati

Fall 2020 Application: Opens – August 15, 2019 /Priority deadline of December 18th, 2019 / Final Deadline of February 3rd, 2020.

Our PhD in Nursing prepares you to advance the science and practice of the nursing profession. Working closely with faculty advisors, students tackle complex health care questions and become experts in the field with the ability to assume leadership roles in a variety of academic and clinical settings.

The rich learning environment of our program includes:

  • Scholarship and funding opportunities
  • One-on-one mentorship with experienced research faculty
  • Interprofessional collaboration opportunities through the Academic Health Center and university at large
  • Strong research support through our Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship
  • Small cohorts that promote collegiality, stimulating dialogue and scholarly growth
  • The option to add a Nurse Educator Certificate to your degree

Click HERE for program information. Click HERE for application requirements. Contact Zhané Broomfield, Admissions Counselor, at for additional information.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Applications are Now Open!

The University of Tennessee Accelerated BSN is a 12-month program that starts in summer 2020: (May– May), to be completed in three full-time semesters.
-Direct transfer of previous baccalaureate degree credits
-Minimum prerequisite course requirements
-Excellent clinical experiences at major hospitals, community clinics, health departments, schools, and other health care facilities in the region
-Highly qualified faculty who are experienced teachers, researchers, and leaders in nursing and health care
-Technology-enhanced classrooms and accredited simulation laboratory facilities
-Outstanding preparation for the NCLEX, the national licensing exam for RNs—UT College of Nursing graduates consistently exceed both the state and national pass rates.

Check out information about our program: or dates and times for our Information sessions.

Contact the Office of Student Services with any Questions. 865-974-7606.

William Jewell College

William Jewell College is still accepting applications for our January 2020 (16 month) and May 2020 (12 month) Accelerated Track BSN programs for students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree. If you have any questions about either of those programs, please contact Rebecca Broadbent at: 816.415.7678


Bellevue College

The application period for the Bellevue College ADN Winter 2020 cohort has shifted to August 15 – September 30, 2019. If you have questions, please email Jorja Gunderson, Nursing Program Manager, at

Florida International University

The world needs more heroes. Become one. Complete your Nurse Practitioner Education with FIU: Our Post-BSN to DNP program curriculum is streamlined to award the MSN degree (i.e. Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, or Family Health clinical specialty), allowing the students to sit for Advanced Practice Nursing national certification at the MSN level and continue enrollment into the last semesters of doctoral preparation; our designated clinical department assists students with one-on-one clinical placements. We are now accepting applications for Spring (January) 2020 BSN to DNP programs through Sep 2nd, 2019. Questions? Contact Nancy Viera, Admissions Coordinator at 305-348-7703 or


Abilene Christian University

ACU is excited to announce a new online program — a BSN to DNP pathway that gets students to their completed Doctor of Nursing Practice in a shorter period of time. This 18-credit hour program is designed for students who currently have their BSN and are looking to move quickly into a DNP program. In addition, students will be able to obtain clinical hours during the program. The first BSN to DNP program cohort will start on August 27, 2019. Applications can be submitted now through August 16 by noon.

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 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 15, 2020. Apply at…

Contact us at for more information.

Mississippi College

The Mississippi College School of Nursing is pleased to announce the launch of an MSN program with a Clinical Nurse Leader track. The first cohort of students commence their studies on August 26th 2019 and the second cohort of students commence their studies on the 21st of October 2019. The online program is comprised of 36 hours of required courses, and includes 400 clinical practice hours (preceptor required). Applications are still being accepted for these first-start groups, and applicants with a BSN degree and an unencumbered RN license are encouraged to apply. Please contact the School of Nursing, Mr. Owen Boutwell, at (601-925-7072) for more details or application assistance

Ursuline College

Ursuline College is proud to announce the DNP program is now 100% online with self-paced classes!

This online Doctor of Nursing Practice program focuses on developing nurse leaders who use evidence-based practice for optimizing health care delivery through effective systems transformation. Graduates are prepared for roles in direct care or indirect, systems-focused care. It is structured in an on-going, year-round format with courses offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students progress at their own pace through the completion of course work and competency-based online learning modules.

Learn more at or contact Melanie Steele, Director of Graduate Admission at or 440-646-8146.