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NursingCAS 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. Nursing school applicants also have access to dedicated customer service support and guidance throughout the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will prospective nursing students benefit from the application service?

  • NursingCAS offers a convenient and efficient process to research and apply to multiple nursing programs using a single Web-based application.
  • The service reduces or eliminates the need for duplicate application data, letters of reference, transcripts, and other admissions materials.
  • Students may access in real-time an applicant portal which can be used to check the status of their nursing school application, including the receipt of verified transcripts and letters of reference.
  • Students will have one point of contact to meet customer service and technical support needs throughout the application process.
Do applicants select the schools they wish to attend or are those institutions assigned by the system?

  • Students select the nursing schools to which they wish to apply. NursingCAS has a process that for notifying applicants about schools with available seats.
What is the fee to use NursingCAS?

  • Applicants to undergraduate nursing programs offered at the diploma, associate, baccalaureate degree level will pay $45 to submit their first school designation, and $30 for all subsequent designations. Applicants to master’s and doctoral programs will pay $65 for the first designation, and $35 for all subsequent designations.
Is there a limit on the number of applications that may be sent through NursingCAS?

  • No, applicants may apply to as many programs as they choose.
Can applicants check the status of their applications via NursingCAS?

  • Yes, applicants can access the status of their application in real time from any computer with Internet access and a standard browser. Applicants can maintain access to their applications as often as desired prior to submission.

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Contact Information

Contact NursingCAS Customer Support with any questions regarding your application, how to apply through NursingCAS, and/or to check the status of your application and supporting documents.

NursingCAS Customer Support
NursingCAS P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

Mail all official U.S. and Canadian college transcripts and any paper-based references to the address listed above (P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471).

If you have any school specific questions regarding admissions criteria, requirements, program information, etc. please refer to the Participating Schools page for contact information and direct question to the school in which you are applying to directly. In addition, remember to consult the participating programs directly for program specific requirements and/or supplemental information if applicable.

Please note that AACN does not provide information to applicants or prospective students about the NursingCAS process or have access to application data or status. Please contact NursingCAS customer support at 617-612-2880 or via email, or your selected nursing institution directly for NursingCAS-related inquiries.

Attention Applicants:  

A new and more user-friendly version of NursingCAS is scheduled to be released on October 15, 2014. Stay tuned this summer for more details!

View this PowerPoint presentation to learn more about the application process.

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