Leading Initiatives

How to Join

Share |

Participation in NursingCAS is free and voluntary to accredited schools of nursing. New nursing schools can be added to NursingCAS at any time. It takes 5 business days at most for a new school to be built into the applicant portal. However, prospective schools typically need at least a month to three month lead time to ensure that all appropriate stakeholders at your institution are acquainted with NursingCAS and are ready to implement the system for your nursing program. Depending on the internal structure and hierarchy of your institution appropriate stakeholders could include; Deans, admissions professionals, IT staff, nursing school recruiters, academic advisors, faculty, the registrar and other decision-makers.

Join Today

In order to join NursingCAS you must complete the participation form. To view or print a copy of the form prior to electronically submitting it please click here. New schools can be added to the application within a 5 business day turnaround time and we will work with you to do a GAP analysis to compare your current application to the NursingCAS application, create a mock-up of your listing, develop an instructions template specific to your program, and answer any of your questions. It’s important to schedule a conference call with the NursingCAS staff as well to discuss the implementation of NursingCAS at your institution and the use of WebAdMIT further. To schedule a call, contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu.

Implementation Recommendations

  • Determine who are the internal stakeholders involved (could be the nursing department staff and faculty, admissions, IT, student services, the registrar)?

  • Do a GAP Analysis – what does the NursingCAS application ask for, what does your current application ask for?
  • Consider how your current application process works? What documents are collected?
  • Consider your deadlines and open dates.
  • Which programs do you want applicants to be able to apply to through NursingCAS?
  • How do you educate applicants about your admissions process (Web site, information sessions, open houses, campus visits, advising sessions, print publications, etc.)?
  • Designate a point person

WebAdMIT is the web-based admissions management software tool all participating schools receive at no cost, where you can access and manage your applicants and export applicant data. It is important to have the appropriate stakeholders and decisions makers at your institution on board. NursingCAS staff will work with you to collect your program information and ensure the smooth implementation of the application service at your institution. You determine when you want to go “live” and begin managing applications through NursingCAS. In addition, NursingCAS will work around and use your deadlines that are already in place.

Review the Information for Prospective Schools for additional information.


Do you have additional questions or are you ready to join? Please contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 ext. 258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu.