Applicant Newsletter – July 1, 2015


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.

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Open Seats


Lynchburg College

It’s Not too Late!

Aligning with the College’s Graduate Admission Policy, Lynchburg College’s Clinical Nurse Leader Program is accepting applications for the Fall 2015 cohort until July 31, 2015.

Program Highlights:

  • All required course work is online
  • 37 credit-hour cohort program
  • May be completed in 18 months
  • Clinical experiences in healthcare settings

Requirements for Admission:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree in nursing
  • Hold a current unrestricted registered nurse license in the United States
  • Have successfully completed undergraduate courses in Statistics and Health Assessment with a grade of C or higher
  • Have current CPR certification and health records
  • Meet the essential functions of nursing

For further information, contact;
Nancy Overstreet, DNP, GNP
Director MSN Program, Associate Professor


SUNY Upstate Medical University

Still Time to Apply to the Post-Master’s DNP Hybrid Program

SUNY Upstate’s College of Nursing in Syracuse, NY is still accepting applicants to its Online, part-time Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. The deadline to apply is July 15 for Fall 2015 entry.

Program Highlights:

  • Online, part-time MS-to-DNP track
  • Build on your Master’s Degree
  • Designed for the working professional
  • SUNY tuition is a plus for New York State residents. Financial aid is available
  • Approximately 6 credits per semester; 6 or 7 semesters total for DNP

Admissions Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing in one of the following clinical areas:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    • Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP)
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
    • Adult/Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • APRN must have current National Board Certification in their designated specialty
  • Must have active NYS RN license
  • One year of practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse is recommended

For more information, please see:

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Deadline Extensions

South Dakota State University

The application for the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Accelerated BSN in Aberdeen, South Dakota is now open.  This is a 12-month, second-degree program that starts in January 2016 and ends December 2016. This program is located on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Students who meet the following entry criteria may apply via NursingCAS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field conferred by December 31, 2015;
  • A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.8;
  • A grade of “C” or better in the following prerequisite/support courses, or their equivalents:
    1. First Year Experience or similar transfer course,
    2. English Composition I and English Composition II,
    3. Speech or Debate,
    4. At least two courses or 6 semester credits of Humanities,
    5. College Algebra or higher;
  • A grade of “C” or better and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the following pre-nursing courses, or their equivalents* (some syllabi may be required to establish equivalencies):
    1. Lifespan Development,
    2. Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, or Sociology of Rural America,
    3. Chemistry Survey & lab or General Chemistry I & lab,
    4. Organic & Biochemistry & lab or General Chemistry II & lab,
    5. General Psychology,
    6. Human Anatomy & lab (completed Spring 2009 or after),
    7. Human Physiology & lab (completed Spring 2009 or after),
    8. General Microbiology & lab,
    9. Human Nutrition (SDSU requires an advanced level Human Nutrition course called NUTR 315 – transfer students must supply a syllabus for their completed Nutrition course to determine course equivalency if equivalency has not yet been established in the Transfer Equivalency Calculator)
    10. Statistics or Epidemiology.

*Students may have up to four pre-nursing courses to complete at the time of application, but courses must be completed and a degree conferred by December 31, 2015.

  • Apply and be accepted to South Dakota State University –  Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be sent to SDSU Admissions, as well as NursingCAS.
  • Additional information, including details on the personal statement, technical standards and eligibility requirements, procedures for transferring from another nursing program, computer requirements, and cost.

The application to this program has been extended until August 15, 2015, or until all seats are filled.  Priority is given to students whose application is received by August 1, 2015.  Please contact Sara Olson at (preferred) or 605-626-2427 with any questions or for additional details on eligibility.

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New Programs

Shepherd University

Shepherd University is pleased to announce the opening of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for the Fall 2015 semester. The program recently received full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for the Fall 2015 semester.

The program has two entry points for admission: first, the baccalaureate in nursing to DNP and; second, a post-master’s in nursing to DNP. These different entry points allow the curriculum to be individualized for candidates based on prior education, experience, and choice of specialization. Post-master’s students entering the DNP desiring to change their area of professional practice will be evaluated on an individual basis and may require additional coursework from the professional core or concentration.

Shepherd’s DNP program adheres to the standards identified by the AACN titled the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (DNP Essentials). The DNP Essentials identify standard foundational curriculum content and outcomes-based competencies essential for all DNP graduates. The DNP program is conveniently located at Shepherd University Martinsburg Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia with easy access to I-81, Charles Town, WV, Hagerstown, MD, and Winchester, VA. For more information about Shepherd’s DNP program, please visit our website.


Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University announces a new RN to BSN 100% Online Program!

Houston Baptist University is a Christian non-profit university that has grown into a thriving community of faith and scholarship since its founding more than 50 years ago. HBU’s School of Nursing and Allied Health is highly regarded by hospitals and other healthcare employers throughout Texas and now HBU is now offering an affordable, online, high-quality RN to BSN program. HBU will help you expand upon your knowledge and skills, taking your leadership and success to the next level within the healthcare community. Since the degree program is offered in a 100% online format, you will be able to earn your BSN without having to travel to class. By enrolling in HBU’s online RN to BSN program, you will be able to:

  • Receive maximum credit for your ADN and coursework – reducing the time and cost of your degree
  • Access HBU’s renowned nursing faculty and strong reputation in the nursing community for BSN preparation
  • Receive one-on-one virtual support from HBU faculty and success coaches throughout the program
  • Progress at your own pace, working on a personalized, flexible schedule
  • Utilize next-generation technology and simulations to help you succeed
  • Learn comprehensive skill sets valuable to employers through our Competency-Based Education (CBE) curriculum

HBU’s application is quick and easy to accomplish. You can begin your application by adding Houston Baptist University to your list of schools within Nursing CAS. We do not require recommendations, an essay, or a high school transcript. Just fill out the Nursing CAS application form and upload an official or unofficial copy of your transcript from your ADN program along with any other college-level coursework you have taken. To learn more about HBU’s online RN to BSN program, visit us at or contact a qualified HBU Nursing Application Specialist at 281-241-5412 who can help you every step of the way.