Applicant Newsletter – October 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.

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​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.



open seatsOpen Seats

South Dakota State University

The South Dakota State University Accelerated program in Aberdeen, South Dakota has a limited number of open spots for their Spring 2016 BSN that begins January 5, 2016.  Applicants for these remaining spots will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis, and must have the following completed or currently in-progress to be considered for the program:

  • 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 General Education courses, or their equivalents:
  1. First Year Experience or similar transfer course,
  2. English Composition I,
  3. English Composition II,
  4. Speech or Debate
  5. At least two courses or 6 semester credits of Humanities courses,
  6.  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.  Please note that some syllabi may be required to establish transfer equivalencies:
  1. Lifespan Development (will also accept courses named “Developmental Psychology” or “Human Growth and Development”)
  2. Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, or Sociology of Rural America,
  3. Chemistry Survey & lab, General Chemistry I & lab, or higher;
  4. Organic & Biochemistry & lab or General Chemistry II & lab; or higher, (students must have taken two Chemistry courses, not a hybrid Chemistry Survey/Organic & Biochemistry course, such as Chemistry for the Medical Professions)
  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). Please provide course syllabus
  10. Statistics or Epidemiology.
  • NursingCAS application must already be in VERIFIED status.

Additional steps that will need to take place before a student can be considered for the program after NursingCAS application is reviewed:

  • 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.  Often, the verified transcripts provided to NursingCAS are usable to complete the application process to SDSU.
  • Complete faculty interview (in person or via Skype).
  • Pay $250.00 non-refundable deposit to SDSU College of Nursing to secure spot for 2016 class.
  • Visit campus prior to November 20, 2015 to complete in-person orientation.

Additional information, including details on the personal statement requirements, Supplemental Legal Form, technical standards and eligibility requirements, computer requirements, and cost is located here.

new programs​New Programs

​Harding University

Harding University is now accepting applications for Fall 2016 in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track, the Post Masters Certificate (FNP), and a Second Masters FNP.

Harding University is a private Christian University that offers the above programs in a primarily online environment.  Students are required to attend On Campus intensives approximately three times a year.

Program highlights include:
·  Small class sizes,
·  Accessible faculty,
·  Healthcare Missions opportunities,
·  Completion of clinical practicum experiences within the student’s home town.

Visit our website for more information.

DeSales University


DeSales University established the Department of Nursing and Health in 1974, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. In 2005, the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program began at DeSales University. The Accelerated BSN program enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) in 15 consecutive months.  Individuals with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major and senior baccalaureate students are eligible to apply to the Accelerated BSN program. The last two cohorts of the Accelerated BSN all passed the NCLEX exam on the first attempt, earning our program an 100% NCLEX pass rate for two consecutive years!

This fast paced format provides the same quality of standard nursing courses, laboratory hours, clinical hour requirements, and clinical facilities as those students pursuing the Traditional BSN program.  At the completion of all program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The Department of Nursing and Health also offers Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs in four tracks: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner and MSN/Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Additionally, DeSales established the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Clinical Leadership and the DNP Executive Leadership track with a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) option.

The nursing programs at DeSales University have consistently maintained full approval by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) since the time that they were first eligible for approval and accreditation.

Visit our website for more information.