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NursingCAS Configuration Manager
Help Guide

Introduction

What is the CAS Configuration Manager?

The CAS Configuration Manager is where you’ll configure your program’s requirements, settings, and branding for the CAS application.

The application is divided into four sections:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Academic History
  3. Supporting Information
  4. Program Materials

The first three sections contain the data elements and questions that are common across all participating programs, such as biographic information, standardized test scores, etc. Using the CAS Configuration Manager, you can configure the fourth section to provide information about your program and school, as well as collect additional information from applicants.

Information you collect in the Program Materials section is then available in the Applicant’s Profile in WebAdMIT and can be included in Lists, Reports, and Exports. This information is only available to your program.

Please review this guide carefully before configuring your programs.

View a full listing of questions asked on the application.

Download a PDF copy of the Configuration Help Guide.

For a detailed step-by step walkthrough of the process, refer to the WebAdMIT Configuration Portal Training eLearning course.

View the NursingCAS Configuration Portal Training below:

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Before You Get Started

Review the Application

Before you configure your programs, it’s important to review the sections of the application that are common across all programs. This will help you determine which questions are already included in the application by default and what program-specific questions you may need to add.

Review the application sections here.

Review Transcript and Coursework Verification Options

Before configuring your transcript and coursework entry requirements, review Transcript and Coursework Verification so you can make informed decisions.

Be Aware of Cycle Rollovers

All program pages from the current cycle in an approved or closed status will be automatically rolled over to the new cycle and available for editing. You can jump to the Edit Program Data section for information on editing the rolled-over pages; however, we recommend reviewing the entire guide to help you determine what edits to make.

Save Often

Save your information at least every fifteen minutes to prevent the system from timing out.

Accessing Your Programs

To access your programs and their configuration settings:

  1. Log into WebAdMIT (http://nursingcas.webadmit.org/) with your username and password. 
  2. Click CAS Configuration Portal under Management in the left menu.
  3. The Configuration Manager launches in a new window. Select NURSINGCAS on the left. 
  4. Select the current application cycle.
  5. Select your organization or school.

 

From here, you can add new programs, copy existing programs, or edit program data.

Add a New Program

Note:

All program pages from the current cycle will be automatically rolled over to the new cycle and available to edit. There is no need to create new program pages; you may simply edit the page that has been rolled over. See the Edit Program Data section below for more information.

Before adding a new program, review your existing programs to see if any are similar enough that you can copy their entire configuration (program data, branding, custom questions, documents, etc.) or just their program data (name, deadline date, degree type, graduate track, etc.). This will save you time in setting up the program.

If you need to create a new program, follow the steps below.

  1. Click + Program at the bottom of the page.
  2. Then, click + Add.
  3. Enter the program data and click Save.

Helpful Tip: Use the WebAdMIT Name field to create a nickname for your program that is only visible within WebAdMIT. This is useful if you have many programs with similar names.

Copy an Existing Program

Copying existing programs can save you time, particularly if an existing program has the same or similar data to the program you want to create.

  1. Click + Program at the bottom of the page.
  2. Click Copy.
  3. Select the program you want to copy.
  4. To copy all the program configurations into your new program (branding, custom questions, documents, etc.), click the Copy All Program Settings If you only want to copy the program data (name, deadline date, graduate track, etc.), leave this unselected.
  5. Click Copy.

Your new program is created with the same name as the original and “-copy-1” is appended. Be sure to edit the new program to update the name, data, etc.

Edit Program Data

It’s important to review a program’s data for accuracy. To edit a program, hover your mouse over it and click Details to view the Program Details page. Then, click Edit at the bottom of the page.

Branding Your Program Page

Select a Branding Image (Required)

Your branding image appears on the top of your home page. We recommend using an image that is consistent with your program or school’s branding. This is the only section where applicants will see your specific program’s branding, so make it count!

Branding Image Guidelines

  • Images must be in .jpeg, .tiff, or .png format and no larger than 250kb.
  • File names cannot contain spaces or special characters.
  • Your overall image size should be 900 px by 270 px, but consider the following:
    • A banner with your program information will cover a bottom portion of your image.
    • You can choose to display your school’s name in the headline text if it is not already part of your image.

Once you have at least one program, you can configure your branding.

Upload Your Branding Image (Required)

  1. From the Program Details page, click the Palette 
  2. Click Edit Header.
  3. Click Browse and select your image. To review the branding guidelines, click the link at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select whether you want to show your program’s name in the headline text. If this is already part of your image, select No.
  5. If you choose to show headline text, select a contrasting text color below.
  6. Click Save.

Create Introductory and Instructional Text (Required)

The text you include on the home page will be applicants’ first look at your program and school-specific information in the application. You should include an introduction, instructions on how to be a successful applicant, and important details about your program and school.

You can also include information on your specific requirements. Some examples include:

  • Previously-earned degrees
  • GPA
  • Test scores, such as GRE
  • Needed experience
  • State restrictions
  • Deadline requirements
  • Supplemental applications or fees, if applicable
  • Any optional information from the Supporting Information section that applicants should complete to apply to your program

You can include a link on your program’s page to your school’s website, but make sure that all pertinent information included on your website is also included in the home page text. This makes it easier for applicants to find the information they need in one place.

The home page is a required section in both the Configuration Manager and the CAS application. Applicants will view your program home page before submitting their application, even if you disable the optional sections.

Content Formatting Tips

  • There is no limit to the length of text, but 1,500 characters or less is recommended for the best visual display.
  • Use the bold, italic, and underline options to format your text, as needed.
  • Use the bulleted list, numbered list, and indent options to structure your text.
  • Use the link icon to add links to websites or email addresses. Links open in a new browser window.
  • If copying and pasting content from a website, first copy the content to Microsoft Word (or another text editing program, like Notepad) and format it to your liking. Then, copy it from the notepad and paste it into the editor.

Set Up your Program Home Page Introduction (Required)

  1. Click the Palette icon to open the Branding section.
  2. Click Edit Instructions.
  3. Use the HTML editor to create your content.
  4. Click Save.
branded homepage example
Example of a branded homepage

Configuring Your Program Settings

You can customize your program with Transcripts, Evaluations, Questions, Prerequisites, and Documents pages. From the Program Details page, click the Program Settings icon to configure these pages.

Next, on the Program Editor page, click the checkboxes next to each page you want to use. Then, click each link to customize the pages.

Configure Transcript and Coursework Entry (Required)

In this section, you can indicate both the types of transcripts required for your program and the required coursework entry.

College Transcripts

  1. Click the Program Settings icon.
  2. Click the College Transcripts link on the left.
  3. Choose the type of transcripts you would like NursingCAS to collect for your program. 
  4. Select the type of coursework you would like applicants to enter. The options available to you vary based on your program transcripts selection. If you are accepting Official transcripts, you can subsequently accept All Coursework (all coursework is required to be entered), Prerequisites Only (only prerequisite courses are required to be entered), or None. If you are accepting Unofficial transcripts, you can subsequently accept Prerequisites Only or None
  5. Click Save

Verification Requirements

The transcript and coursework entry selections you make determine the level of verification performed by NursingCAS staff. Verification options include:

  • Official Transcripts and Full Coursework Entry with FULL Verification
  • Official Transcripts and Prerequisite Coursework Entry Only with LIGHT Verification
  • Official Transcripts and No Coursework Entry with LIGHT Verification
  • Unofficial Transcripts and Prerequisite Coursework Entry Only with NO Verification
  • Unofficial Transcripts and No Coursework Entry with NO Verification
  • No Transcripts and No Coursework Entry with NO Verification

The following information provides additional context:

  • Official Transcripts: Applicants are required to have their official transcripts mailed directly to NursingCAS by the issuing institution’s registrar’s office. Once received, NursingCAS’s operations team validates each transcript for authenticity. Transcripts are provided to designated school users in WebAdMIT as a high-resolution PDF. Note that these transcripts are considered official by AACRAO; please read this statement for additional details. Additionally, NursingCAS now accepts e-transcripts from Parchment and Credential Solutions.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Applicants can upload a copy of their unofficial transcript(s) directly in the Academic History section the application. These transcripts are provided to designated school users in WebAdMIT as a high-resolution PDF. Note that unofficial transcript(s) are not verified.
  • No Transcripts: Applicants are not required to have transcripts sent directly to NursingCAS (instead, you can process transcripts directly at your institution), and will not be available in WebAdMIT.
  • Full Coursework Entry with FULL Verification: Applicants will enter all the coursework they have completed at any college or university attended in order to submit their application. NursingCAS will verify this data for accuracy and calculate several GPAs which will be available in WebAdMIT, including GPA by year, GPA by subject, GPA by school, nursing GPA (if applicable), and cumulative GPA.
  • Pre-requisite Coursework Entry with LIGHT Verification: Applicants will only enter specific courses they have completed to match your pre-requisite course requirements. These courses are available in a “read-only” format in WebAdMIT and are not verified. Additionally, only Per Transcript and Overall GPAs are provided to you in WebAdMIT. Note that if any data point is missing from the transcript, then GPAs may not be available.
  • No Coursework Entry with LIGHT Verification: Applicants will not enter any coursework data and only Per Transcript GPAs and an Overall GPA are provided to you in WebAdMIT. Note that if any data point is missing from the transcript, then GPAs may not be available.
  • No Coursework Entry with No Verification: Applicants will not enter any coursework data and no GPAs are provided to you in WebAdMIT.

The following applications statuses correspond to the verification options listed above (see below for full descriptions of NursingCAS Application Statuses).

Transcripts and Coursework settings Type of GPA provided Applicants Final Status
Official Transcripts + Full Coursework All GPAs (Course subject, By By School, etc.) Verified (full verification)
Official Transcripts + Prerequisites Only Light Verification (Per Transcript and Overall GPA only) Verified (light verification)
Official Transcripts + No Coursework Light Verification (Per Transcript and Overall GPA only) Verified (light verification)
Unofficial Transcripts + Prerequisites Only No GPAs provided Complete (no verification)
Unofficial Transcripts + No Coursework No GPAs provided Complete (no verification)
No Transcripts + No Coursework No GPAs provided Complete (no verification)
* Light verification means only limited GPA calculations will show and if any data point from the transcript is missing, GPAs may not be available.

Note: When selecting Official Transcripts and Full Coursework Entry with FULL Verification, users can generate program-specific local and prerequisite GPA calculations in addition to the provided GPAs. Click here for more information.

Full Verification
Example of GPA calculations provided with FULL verification

 

Light Verification
Example of GPA calculations provided with LIGHT verification

Application Statuses

Application Status Definition Notes
In Progress
  • The applicant has selected one of your programs but has not yet submitted their application
  • WebAdMIT Users can see contact information and any other data entered by applicants.
Received
  • The applicant has submitted their application to one of your programs.
  • WebAdMIT Users can see all applicant data; however, transcripts may be missing.
Complete
  • The applicant has submitted their application and all transcripts for Colleges Attended have been received and scanned.
  • WebAdMIT users can see all applicant data, including transcripts (if required).

 

  • This is the final status for programs that require unofficial or no transcripts.
Verified
  • The applicant has submitted their application and all transcripts for Colleges Attended have been received and scanned. Additionally, all coursework and degrees have been verified by the operations team, and all school-specific and cumulative GPAs have been entered by the operations team.
  • This is the final status for programs that require official transcripts and full coursework.
  • All coursework has been verified and GPAs have been calculated.
  • This is the final status for programs that require official transcripts and prerequisites or official transcripts and no coursework (once the GPAs are entered by the operations team during “light verification”).
On Hold
  • The applicant has submitted their application, but it has been placed on hold by operations team.
  • WebAdMIT users can only see partial information; the operations team uses this status for administrative holds.
Undelivered
  • The applicant has submitted their application, but it has been undelivered by the operations team
  • WebAdMIT users can see full information about applicants.
  • Undelivered applicants have an opportunity to update their application to correct errors found during verification.

Configure Evaluations (Optional)

In this section, you can ask applicants to add evaluations to their application (also known as Letters of Reference). When applicants add an evaluation, they identify an evaluator and send them a request to complete an electronic evaluation.

  1. Click the Program Settings icon.
  2. Click the Evaluations checkbox on the left, then click the Evaluations
  3. Add any relevant instructions in the Applicant Instructions
  4. Specify the minimum number of evaluations required (1-10), as well as the maximum number of evaluations accepted (1-10). If you do not require evaluations, set the minimum required to 0.
  5. Indicate if the minimum required must be completed for the application to be submitted for review. If you select yes, applications will not become complete and will not be verified by our staff until the minimum number of evaluations are received by applicants’ evaluators. If you select no, applications will become complete once all transcripts and payments are received, regardless of whether the evaluations are complete.

Configure Questions (Optional)

In this section, you can add custom questions that are not included in the common sections of the application or that are specific to your school or program. These questions can be either required or optional for applicants.

Common question examples include:

  • Have you previously applied to our program?”
  • “Why are you interested in this profession?”
  • “Why are you interested in this program?”

You can also use these questions as reminders to ensure applicants fulfill your requirements. For example:

  • “We require that you provide your SSN. Have you entered that in the Supporting Information section of the application?”

Before adding your custom questions, review your application to determine what questions you need to add. We also recommend reviewing any supplemental applications your school or program may use as these custom questions may eliminate the need for supplemental applications. Click here to view examples of custom questions.

Add Question Sets

Question Sets can be used to group questions together in a specific category (e.g. “Research Interests,” “Graduate Assistantship Questions,” etc.). You must create at least one Question Set to use the custom question functionality.

  1. Click the Program Settings icon.
  2. Click the Questions checkbox on the left, then click the Questions
  3. Add instructions about the questions in the Applicant Instructions This text will appear at the top of the page.
  4. Click + Add Question Set.
  5. Add header text. This appears as a title above your question(s) (e.g. “Research Interests,” “Graduate Assistantship Questions,” etc.) and can be used to summarize the questions you are asking or provide other relevant details.
  6. Add an optional description.
  7. Click + Add.

Add Questions

Once you create a Question Set, you can add questions to it. There are several question types you can choose from, depending on the format in which you expect applicants to answer each question:

  • Multiple Choice: Questions can be single or multiple answer.
    • Single answer questions can appear with radio buttons or drop-down menus for applicants to select. Applicants can choose only one response.
    • Multiple answer questions appear with checkboxes for applicants to select. Applicants can choose one or more responses.
  • Essay: Questions appear with a text box where applicants can type their response. You can set the maximum number of characters that applicants can enter. If you want the question to appear as a short, one-line answer, set the character limit to 50 characters. If you want applicants to enter a longer answer, set the character limit to 250 characters or more.
  • Either/Or: Questions appear with radio buttons where applicants can choose from two responses. These are typically questions that require a Yes or No answer.
  • Section Text Box: A block of instructional text that you can insert to provide applicants with additional information. This is not an actual question so applicants will not be able to enter any responses. We recommend only using this option if you have a very specific use case.
  • Date: Questions appear with a text box where applicants must enter their response in date format via a calendar picker.
  • Numeric: Questions appear with a text box where applicants must enter a number. You can set whether decimal points are allowed, the maximum number of characters (not including any decimal points, if applicable), and to automatically format numbers over 999 with proper commas.
  1. Click + Add Question.
  2. Select whether the question is required or not.
  3. Enter a Question Description.
  4. Select a Question Type from the drop-down.
  5. Configure additional options, depending on the Question Type selected.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Add more questions and question sets as needed and click Save.

Configure Prerequisites (Optional)

In this section, you can list the prerequisite courses, credits, and grades required for entry to your program. Applicants will then self-identify which courses they feel meet your prerequisite coursework requirements. Additionally, a GPA will be calculated (but it can’t be edited).

You can add instructions that help guide applicants through selecting their prerequisites. You can also add descriptions for each prerequisite, explaining how you expect applicants to match the prerequisite. This field can contain a maximum of 250 characters, so you may need to shorten descriptions if cutting and pasting from another resource.

You should identify prerequisites by subject types, not university course numbers (i.e. “Introductory Biology” instead of “BIOL 101”) as students from different institutions may not be familiar with your course numbering system.

Prerequisite course collection is optional for each program. You can add up to 50 prerequisite courses for each program.

  1. Click the Program Settings icon.
  2. Click the Prerequisites checkbox on the left, then click the Prerequisites link.
  3. Enter any custom instructions you want to provide in the Applicant Instructions HTML editor.
  4. Click + Prerequisite.
  5. Enter the following details for each course.
  • Title: Enter a descriptive title (e.g. “Chemistry Lab” – not CHEM 101L).
  • Description: Enter a description that is 250 characters or less (e.g. “Chemistry Lab courses much be for science majors and taken within the last 5 years to fulfill our requirements.”).
  • Minimum Grade: Enter a number from 0-4, including 2 digits after the decimal point (e.g. 50).
  • Minimum Credits: Enter a number from 0-4 without decimals (e.g. 3).
  1. Click + Prerequisites to continue adding courses as needed.
  2. Click Save.

Configure Documents (Optional)

In this section, you can ask applicants to upload supplemental documentation, including:

  • Certification
  • Course Catalog Description
  • CV/Resume
  • Health Records
  • High School Transcript
  • License
  • Military Papers
  • Personal Statement
  • Research/Publication
  • Shadowing/Healthcare Experience
  • Test Score Report
  • Writing Sample
  • Other

If you choose to require any documents, be sure to provide specific instructions. For example, if you require a form to be completed, you can use the instructions section to link to the document on your school’s website and instruct applicants to download, complete, and upload the form as an Other document type.

  1. Click the Program Settings icon.
  2. Click the Documents checkbox on the left, then click the Documents
  3. In the Applicant Instructions field, add text that prompts applicants to upload the document type, along with relevant instructions (note that file format and size restriction information is automatically included in the application).
  4. Use the Request toggle next to the document type in the Program Documents section to define whether the document is requested. This setting must be enabled (indicated by a green checkmark) for applicants to see it listed on the Documents page.
  5. Use the Require toggle to define whether the document is required. If this setting is enabled (indicated by a green checkmark), applicants cannot submit to your program unless they upload the document. If you want this question to be optional, leave the setting disabled (indicated by a gray x).
  6. Specify the maximum number of documents that applicants can upload. If you set the document to required, this will be the number of documents applicants must upload to apply to your program. If the document is not required, this will be the number of documents applicants have the option of uploading, but can still apply without doing so. You cannot collect more than 5 documents for an individual document type regardless of whether it is required or optional.
  7. Click Save.

Preview Your Programs

Once you’re done configuring your home page, branding, and additional sections, you can preview how your program page will appear to applicants in the application.

  1. From the Program Details page, click the Home
  2. Scroll down to the Program Settings section and confirm that the sections you want to include are enabled. Sections that are not enabled will not be visible in the application.
  3. Click the eye icon to preview each section.app portal view-prog-config
  4. Carefully review each page to confirm that the formatting and requirements are correct and make any necessary edits before submitting your program for approval. If you need to make any changes, click Edit at the bottom of the page. Note that when previewing, you can only view how the page looks for applicants; you cannot interact with any of the elements (i.e. drop-down menus, text fields, etc.).

Submit Program for CAS Approval

Once you configured and reviewed your program pages, you must submit your program to NursingCAS for review and approval. Your program will not be live in the application until it receives approval. If errors are found, your program will revert to Draft status for you to edit. If your program is approved, you will receive an email from NursingCAS.

  1. Click the home icon.
  2. Scroll down to the Program Settings section and click Submit for Review.

Once your program is approved, you can only edit the deadline date, home page, and branding. You cannot edit any other sections of the program, such as Questions, Documents, Prerequisites, etc..

Monitor Your Program Status

Your program can be in different statuses:

  • Draft means that this is a new program that you can fully edit. It has not been sent to the CAS administrator for approval and is not available to applicants (even if the open date has passed).
  • Ready for Review means that you submitted the program for review and approval by the CAS administrator. It is currently locked and you cannot make changes.
  • Approved means that the program was submitted to the CAS administrator and was approved. Active programs are either live in the application or will become live on the program start date. If the program has not yet opened, applicants can view it as a future program on the Program Selection page in the application. Only the program deadline date, home page, and branding can be edited in this status.
  • Closed means that the program was live on the application, but is no longer available to applicants because the deadline date has passed. The program deadline date, home page, and branding cannot be edited by admissions users.

If you have any questions about setting up your program, contact Ann Donnelly at (617) 612-2064 or adonnelly@liaisonedu.com.

Checklist: CAS Configuration

Review the Application

  • Review the current application to get a sense of the questions that are already included and what you may want to add.
  • Start to pull together any details about your program and school that you want to share with applicants in the application.

Be Aware of Cycle Rollovers

  • Keep in mind that all pages from the current cycle in an approved or closed status will be rolled over to the new cycle.

Brand your Program Page

  • Work with your Marketing or PR department to choose a branding image that meets the size and format specifications.
  • Pull together your program’s introductory text and instructions, as well as any requirements information, including supplemental items/fees if you use a two-part application process.

Configure Transcript and Coursework Entry

  • Indicate the transcripts and coursework entry you require.

Configure Evaluations

  • Determine how many evaluations, if any, you want to request.

Configure Questions

  • Review current school and supplemental applications to help you determine which questions you need to ask.

Configure Prerequisites

  • Pull together information on prerequisites, including any instructions.

Configure Documents

  • Ensure you have specific instructions for any documents you are requesting.

Preview and Submit your Program

  • Monitor your program’s status.