NursingCAS Dispatch

Stay Connected & Informed


July 2024

The NursingCAS Dispatch is a monthly newsletter intended to keep you up to date with current happenings at NursingCAS. The newsletter features:

  • NursingCAS Know-How including key features, resources, recruitment opportunities, and reminders
  • NursingCAS by the Numbers featuring metrics showcasing application statistics and other relevant data
  • User Updates to keep you in the loop, so you can keep your team and applicants in the loop



Required Webinar: Steps to Ensure a Successful 2024-2025 NursingCAS Cycle

The 2024-2025 NursingCAS cycle will launch on August 8. Register now to attend our next webinar titled NursingCAS: Steps to Ensure a Successful 2024-2025 Cycle. This webinar will be held on Monday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The following topics will be discussed:

  • WebAdMIT best practices and efficiency measures: local statuses, list manager, faculty/committee member review feature, automated scoring features, and more!
  • Steps to managing your applicant pool
  • Tips for analyzing your applicant pool and recruitment efforts with the Report Manager and Analytics by Liaison tools
  • AACN and NursingCAS recruitment tools

At least one member from each institution must attend. If you cannot attend, please register to receive a copy of the recording.

Reminder: NursingCAS 2024-2025 Configuration Portal

The Configuration Portal for the NursingCAS 2024-2025 cycle opened on May 20. For programs going live on the day of the cycle launch (August 8), the deadline to complete configurations and submit your programs for review was Friday, June 28. For all programs submitted for review after June 28, users must email Karen Jacobs or Joe Clark to notify them of submission. Please allow for a two-week turnaround/review period before programs will be approved and launched.

To access the 2024-2025 NursingCAS cycle, make sure to select the 24-25 cycle from the drop-down menu in the upper right of your Prelaunch dashboard. Once the 24-25 cycle is selected, click “CAS Configuration Portal” from the left-hand navigation under the “Management” tile. For a complete list of steps to complete configuration, please reference the email sent from on May 20.

Recording Now Available: Preparing for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS Cycle

AACN recently held a Preparing for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS Cycle webinar. The webinar recording and presentation slides are now available. The following topics were covered:

  • Updates and enhancements for the 2024-2025 NursingCAS cycle
  • Best practices for closing out a cycle and preparing for a new cycle, including guidance on improving a program’s homepage and branding to increase recruitment efforts
  • Configuration portal terminology and the CAS rollover process
  • Configuration features for maximizing application review efficiency

 Training Resource: Liaison Academy

Liaison Academy provides training and professional development options for you to learn about WebAdMIT as well as Liaison’s other product offerings such as Analytics by Liaison, EMP, and more. All NursingCAS admissions staff and school users are encouraged to take advantage of this resource to become a CAS super user!

Create a free account with Liaison Academy to access:

  • Live training events
  • Onboarding toolkits
  • On-demand eLearning courses
  • Product learning paths
  • Professional development workshops
  • Training videos
  • Webinars

NursingCAS Applicant Newsletter & Recruitment Event Calendar

The Applicant Newsletter, provided by AACN, is emailed to 160,000+ NursingCAS applicants the third week of every month. This newsletter is for programs affiliated with NursingCAS only. Program submissions are FREE and due on the Friday prior to publication. However, posts must relate to one of the three topics below or they will be removed. Please submit an announcement using the form on our website.

Here is some additional information on how schools can leverage each section of the Applicant Newsletter:

  1. Open Seats: Use this section to provide notifications to applicants about NursingCAS programs with available space. You can share information about one specific program or multiple programs in one announcement. You can highlight the program by providing information relevant to your nursing school, specific program requirements, location, accreditation, program cost/scholarships, specialties, etc.
  2. Deadline Extensions: Use this section to share announcements about deadline extensions for your NursingCAS programs. You can share information about your programs, the new deadlines, and any requirements that might have changed (if applicable).
  3. New Programs: Use this section to highlight any new programs that have joined/launched in the Application Portal since the last newsletter.

We recommend including contact information for representatives or links to your website and the NursingCAS application within the announcement. Visit the Newsletter Archive for samples of previous submissions.

The NursingCAS Events Calendar is a great platform for publicizing your program’s recruitment events. These events include student information sessions, virtual fairs, open houses, and other recruitment events that connect your institution with potential applicants. You can submit items to the Events Calendar using the Applicant Event Form. This calendar is distributed to 160,000+ students each month.

Hiring: NursingCAS Marketing & Outreach Manager

AACN is hiring a Marketing & Outreach Manager to join our NursingCAS team! This role focuses on developing and managing digital technologies to increase the use of NursingCAS by colleges as students. This is a hybrid position based out of Washington DC. The job posting is available on AACN’s website.

WebAdMIT Sandbox Environment Refresh

Are you utilizing the WebAdMIT Sandbox? If not, you should be! Sandbox is a duplicate test platform useful for testing and training purposes; any actions performed in Sandbox will not affect the live data in production. This tool provides users with a safe, “near-production” environment to submit test applications and run sample exports, among other actions. The WebAdMIT Sandbox is a copy of the WebAdMIT production environment with sensitive applicant information (such as surnames, email addresses, etc.) obfuscated.

The WebAdMIT Sandbox is refreshed between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ET every Monday. If Monday is a US or Canadian holiday, deployment is the next business day. This deployment includes all system changes from the preceding release. The WebAdMIT Sandbox environment is refreshed with current (cleansed) production data and program configurations. Any test exports, custom fields, etc., in the current Sandbox will be overwritten.

Support for WebAdMIT School Users

As always, the dedicated WebAdMIT Client Support Specialist Team is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET to assist with questions about WebAdMIT features. The team can be reached at (857) 304-2020 or webadmitsupport@liaisonedu.comTraining is also available via webinars, on-demand courses, and the Liaison Academy. Please visit the WebAdMIT Help Center for further information.

Make sure to sign up to receive important notices through the Liaison CAS Status page for updates on future CAS and WebAdMIT outages.



In the 2022-2023 cycle, 52,325 students from all 50 states and 145 countries submitted applications through NursingCAS. Within the 22-23 applicant pool, 44.6% of applicants identified as White, 20.8% identified as Hispanic, 15.8% identified as Black/African American, 11.9% identified as Asian, 4% identified two or more races, and 1% identified as American Indian or Alaska Native. The remaining 4% of applicants did not state any race/ethnicity.

NursingCAS’ backend admissions software, WebAdMIT, provides tools that can help your team conduct a holistic review of applications, if desired. Additional information can be found on the Reviewing Applicants page. AACN’s resources on holistic admissions are also available.




This section provides monthly updates on new features and enhancements available within the Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, WebAdMIT, and information on upcoming training opportunities. Please note that these are only a few highlights of Liaison’s recent enhancements. A complete list of recent WebAdMIT Release Notes is available.

Subscribe to WebAdMIT Release Notes 

WebAdMIT Release Notes provide a summary of enhancements and new features that are made available in the Applicant Portal, Applicant Gateway, Configuration Portal, Letters by Liaison, and WebAdMIT. Want to receive Release Notes emails? Subscribe here.

Recommenders Can Designate Assistants (Delegates) for Recommendations

Recommenders (i.e., evaluators, references) can now designate assistants or “delegates” to help them submit their letters of recommendation on their behalf through Liaison Letters. Recommenders are still responsible for writing an applicant’s letter of recommendation. Designating a delegate is helpful to recommenders who are busy or less technologically savvy, as delegates can help manage and submit those letters on their behalf and/or transcribe PDFs or paper forms into the online recommendation forms.

Additional details on Designating Delegates are available in the notes for Release 5 – June 2, 2024.


If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Jaczko, AACN’s Director of Application Services, at