About NursingCAS

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NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing. Through NursingCAS, students can research and apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nursing programs at participating schools nationwide.

Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to accredited schools of nursing. New nursing schools can join NursingCAS every month.

Participating schools have access to a larger, more diverse applicant pool while receiving the online tools and customer support services needed to alleviate the administrative burdens faced by admission offices. For schools already at maximum capacity in terms of applications, NursingCAS provides some much-needed relief by offering a convenient way to verify transcript information, calculate GPAs, and sort applicant data at no charge to the institution. All participating schools receive a free access to the web-based admissions management software for NursingCAS, called WebAdMIT, that can be used to manage and download applicant information.


Partnership

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AACN is the national membership organization for over 800 nursing schools; providing public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

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Liaison International provides the software, processing, and support to applicants and participating schools. Liaison is an industry leader with over 20 years of experience working with more than 25 different health professions.


History

NursingCAS launched in March 2010. Phase I of the NursingCAS launch included any type of undergraduate registered nurse (RN) program, including diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, and entry-level master’s programs. Phase II launched in September 2010, which expanded to include masters and doctoral nursing programs. Read more about the NursingCAS launch and expansion.

NursingCAS is operated by AACN in partnership with Liaison International, the nation’s leading provider of centralized application services to health professions associations. Liaison currently works with many other disciplines, including dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistants, and public health.

AACN and its partner have worked closely with an expert Advisory Group to establish NursingCAS. Currently led by Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, Associate Dean of Students at Rush University Medical Center, the group includes nursing school deans and directors, academic advisors, and enrollment personnel.  A complete list of advisors and schools represented can be found on the AACN website. The precursor to NursingCAS was a pilot, grant-funded project called WTNEPP by WTNEC (the West Texas Nursing Education Consortium) an initiative of Texas Tech University Health Science Center Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing. As a result of the initiative, all nursing applicant spaces where filled in WTNEC programs for the fall 2009 semester. And 24% of applicants using WTNEC were duplicate applications. NursingCAS seeks to achieve similar results on a national scale once widespread adoption is achieved. Learn more about the WTNEC project and its outcomes.


Goals

NursingCAS was developed to maximize capacity in schools of nursing and fill all available seats. Even though enrollment and applications to schools of nursing have increased significantly for the past few years, a large number of schools report having room to accommodate additional students each year. In 2015, over 62,000 qualified applications were turned away for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, even though more than 29,500 available seats went unfilled. NursingCAS provides a much-needed mechanism to direct students looking to gain entry into nursing school with open seats at participating institutions. Learn more about how this is impacting your state.

NursingCAS can be instrumental in providing accurate data needed to identify workforce trends and inform public policy decisions. The comprehensive data set that results from having a central entry point into nursing will assist with developing workforce projections, identifying employment patterns, and tailoring recruitment strategies to reach under-represented populations in nursing. This service also will provide health profession advisers with feedback on admissions trends and standards for the profession, which will help them steer qualified students into nursing programs.