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NurseNursingCAS is the nation’s only centralized application service for students applying to registered nursing (RN) programs at all levels…from the diploma to the doctorate.

Similar to systems in place for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and the other health professions, NursingCAS offers students a convenient way to research and apply to multiple nursing schools with a single online application.

Through NursingCAS, prospective nursing students may apply to diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs offered by participating schools.


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NursingCAS is operated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (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 is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 800 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN’s educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor’s- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.

Applicants: Please note that AACN does not provide information to applicants about their NursingCAS application or have access to application data or status. Please contact NursingCAS customer support at 617-612-2880 or, or your selected programs(s) directly for NursingCAS-related inquiries.

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  • A convenient and efficient process to apply to multiple schools using a single web-based application.
  • A comprehensive online checklist and instructions to help applicants easily navigate through the application.
  • Cuts down on the time and costs associated with duplicate applications, data entry, letters of reference, transcripts, and supporting materials for those applying to more than one school by using a single online application.
  • Provides a single, online resource to research schools offering different types of nursing programs.
  • Streamlined application process to help students.
  • Enables you to check your status online or on your smart phone 24/7 to track the receipt of your application, transcripts and references.
  • Robust application validation rules that reduce unintended applicant errors and omissions.
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable NursingCAS support staff available throughout the application cycle.


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 the 2016-2017 academic year, over 64,000 qualified applications were turned away for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, even though almost 39,000 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.

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NursingCAS will 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 advisors with feedback on admissions trends and standards for the profession, which will help them steer qualified students into nursing programs.