Participating Program Agreement

NursingCAS is the centralized application service for students applying to nursing programs. This service is administered the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and its partner, Liaison International, the leader in centralized application services for the health professions. For participating programs, NursingCAS will: Participating programs will gain access to: Facilitate the application process for applicants to nursing programs nationwide Enhance student recruitment efforts by giving programs access to a more diverse applicant pool Provide admission officers and staff with Web-based management tools for processing, analyzing, and reviewing applications Verify transcripts and calculate multiple grade point averages to meet institution-specific needs Collect and manage reference letters Serve as a clearinghouse for state and national applicant data Promote participating schools to enhance awareness and recruitment efforts A secure, Web-based application and applicant portal Admissions software designed to manage and customize program-specific applicant data On-demand application PDF files High resolution, scanned copies of the applicant’s official transcript(s) Dedicated customer support for applicants, admissions, staff, and reference writers Comparative reports on the nursing applicant pool Technical assistance and one-on-one support throughout the transition process to NursingCAS A community of NursingCAS users available to share implementation success stories and tips
Program Eligibility NursingCAS is open to accredited nursing programs that lead to RN (registered nurse) licensure. Programs that are eligible to participate are those that grant RN diplomas, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Programs must have accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). If a program has new applicant status or is currently seeking accreditation from CCNE or NLNAC then it is at AACN’s discretion whether or not and at what point that program will be eligible to participate in NursingCAS. Additionally programs that have accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs or the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education are eligible to participate as well. Programs do not need to be members of AACN to participate. Agreement This agreement to participate in NursingCAS is non-binding. Programs reserve the right to withdraw participation at any time. Should a program decide to voluntarily withdraw from NursingCAS, the designated administrator or primary point of contact for your institution must sign and date a NursingCAS Voluntary Withdrawal Form and complete an exit survey. You will need to notify AACN’s NursingCAS Manager, Caroline Allen, at 202-463-6930 x258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu of your decision and to obtain the required form. By signing this agreement, once you are live on the applicant portal and applicants are able to apply to your nursing program(s) through NursingCAS, your institution will honor and make admissions decisions (at the institution’s discretion) on those applicants that do apply. Fees will not be assessed to schools participating in NursingCAS. Programs are not expected to have all internal systems and software interfaces in place upon signing this agreement.
* My institution WILL participate in NursingCAS beginning on: Please list the date or time period you intend on beginning participation in NursingCAS.
 
* Institution Name
 
* Street Address (of main campus)
 
Address Line 2
 
* City (of main campus)
 
* State (of main campus)
 
* Zip Code (of main campus)
 
* Electronic Signature
 
* First Name (of person completing this agreement)
 
* Last Name (of person completing this agreement)
 
* Title/Position (of person completing this agreement)
 
* Your Email Address
 
* Your Phone Number
 
Who will be the primary point of contact for NursingCAS at your school? If same as above leave the following fields blank.
First Name
 
Last Name
 
Title or Position
 
Email Address
 
Phone Number
 
Who will be the back-up point of contact for NursingCAS at your school?
* First Name
 
* Last Name
 
* Title or Position
 
* Email Address
 
* Phone Number
 
* My institution's nursing programs are accredited by the:
 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (Previously Known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission - NLNAC)
 Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
 Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
 None of the above, currently my institution's nursing programs are a "new applicant" or in the process of seeking accreditation from one of the agencies above
 Other

Participating Program Information and Requirements

At the Undergraduate Level: Which program type(s) do you offer and would like applicants to apply to via NursingCAS? Please check all that apply.
 Accelerated BSN
 Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate BSN for Non-Nurses (Second Degree BSN)
 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
 Associate Degree of Science in Nursing (ASN)
 ADN to BSN
 ASN to BSN
 Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN (Preliscensure, Generic, Traditional, or Entry-Level)
 Bachelor of Science in Nursing - BSN (DIRECT ADMIT FROM HIGH SCHOOL)
 LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse ) to ADN (or ASN)
 LPN to BSN
 LPN to RN
 LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse ) to ADN (or ASN)
 LVN to BSN
 LVN to RN
 Post RN Certificate Program
 RN Diploma
 RN to BSN
 Not Applicable (Don't Plan to Use NursingCAS for any of the listed program types)
 Other
Are applicants required to submit high school transcripts to NursingCAS in order to be considered for admission to any of the above programs?
 Yes
 No
 If Yes, which program(s) require the high school transcript be submitted
At the Graduate Level: Which program type(s) do you offer and would like applicants to apply to via NursingCAS? Please check all that apply.
 Accelerated BSN to DNP
 Accelerated BSN to DNS
 Accelerated BSN to MSN
 Accelerated BSN to PhD
 BS/BA(RN) to MSN
 BS/BA(RN) to DNP
 BSN to MSN
 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Post MSN
 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Post BSN
 Doctor of Nursing Science
 Dual Degree Doctoral (such as DNP/MBA)
 Dual Degree Master's (such as MSN/MBA)
 LPN to MSN
 LVN to MSN
 Master's Entry Program in Nursing (Entry-Level Master's for Non-Nurses, 2nd Degree Master's, CNL Entry)
 Master's of Art in Nursing
 Master of Nursing (MN)
 Master's of Science (MS) with a Major in Nursing
 Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN)
 Post Doctoral Certificate program
 Postdoctoral Program
 PhD
 Post Master's Certificate program
 RN to MSN
 Not Applicable (Don't Plan to Use NursingCAS for any of the listed program types)
 Other
Are applicants required to submit high school transcripts to NursingCAS in order to be considered for admission to any of the above programs?
 Yes
 No
 If Yes, which program(s)
* What Student Information System or ERP System does your school use?
 Banner
 Cams
 CampusVue
 Collegix
 Datatel
 Empower
 Hobsons
 Homegrown
 IMS
 Intelliworks
 Jenzabar
 Microsoft Dynamics CRM
 PeopleSoft
 PowerCampus
 SalesForce
 SAP
 SonisWeb
 Unknown
 Other
* Do you wish to import the applicant data from NursingCAS into your student information system?
 Yes
 No
 Undecided
* How do you plan to use NursingCAS?
 As a stand alone system, separate from the university's student information system
 Partially integrated (with the university's student information system)
 Fully integrated (with the university's student information system)
 Undecided
* Do you collect social security numbers as a part of your application process now?
 Yes
 No
 Unsure
* If yes, why do you collect the social security number?
 For financial aid purposes
 For matching records in our student information system
 Other
* How do you plan to use NursingCAS? Select all that apply.
 As the sole method for prospective students to apply to my nursing program(s)
 As an additional method for prospective students to apply to my nursing programs (can apply through other methods as well)
 As the method for current students to apply to the nursing program's upper division
 For direct admit from high school students
 As a two-step process, applicants must apply to the university (or a state run application service such as ApplyTexas) first to be considered for general admission then apply to NursingCAS to be considered for admission into the nursing school or program
 As a one-step process, applicants only need to apply through NursingCAS to be considered for admission to both the university in general and into the nursing program or school
 Undecided
* How does your application process currently operate? Check all that apply.
 A central admissions office or another department process the applications and supporting documents
 The nursing school processes all of the applications and supporting documents
 A combination, some applications and documents are processed by the admissions office (or another campus department) and some are processed by the nursing school
 Our application process is completely online and paperless
 Our school accepts electronic transcripts
 Our application process is paper only
 Applicants can choose to fill out a paper application or an online application
 Application to the university in general is online, and the application to the nursing program is paper
* Does your registrar currently accept or will accept electronic transcripts (PDFs) as official? Check all that apply.
 Yes
 Yes, but for applicants only
 Yes, but matriculated students must submit a hard copy of their official transcripts directly to the university prior to enrollment
 No
 Undecided
 Other
Your School Requirements The NursingCAS application will be able to enforce rules on behalf of the school regarding requirements: 1.) Number of references needed to submit to a school 2.) If a personal statement is required to submit to a school (and how many) 3.) Number of tracks an applicant can select for that school These rules can vary for your graduate and undergraduate programs. Please contact Caroline Allen, NursingCAS Manager, at 202-463-6930 X258 or callen@aacn.nche.edu with any questions. 
Undergraduate Level Program Rules If applicable (skip this section if you don't want undergraduate level programs posted on the NursingCAS application), please complete the questions below regarding your requirements for applicants applying to your undergraduate programs.
What is the minimum number of references required for applicants to submit via NursingCAS in order to apply to your school's undergraduate level nursing programs? Select zero if applicants can apply to your undergraduate nursing programs without submitting any references or select zero if you want applicants to collect references outside of NursingCAS.
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How many personal statement (essays, written interviews, goal statements, etc.) are required to apply to your school's undergraduate level nursing programs? Applicants can attach up to 10 statements per school. Note: each saved statement has a 5000 character limit which is approximately 700 words. Characters include spaces, carriage returns, numbers, letters, etc. Select zero if no personal statement is required, optional, or if you wish to collect personal statement(s) from applicants outside of NursingCAS.
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Do you plan to charge a supplemental or school-specific fee in addition to the NursingCAS fee? (At the Undergraduate Level)
 Yes
 No
 Undecided
If yes, how much will the fee be?
 
Graduate Level Program Rules If applicable (skip this section if you don't want graduate level programs posted on the NursingCAS application), please complete the questions below regarding your requirements for applicants applying to your graduate programs.
What is the minimum number of references required for applicants to submit via NursingCAS in order to apply to your school's graduate level nursing programs? Select zero if applicants can apply to your undergraduate nursing programs without submitting any references or select zero if you want applicants to collect references outside of NursingCAS.
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How many personal statement (essays, written interviews, goal statements, etc.) are required to apply to your school's graduate level nursing programs? Applicants can attach up to 10 statements per school. Note: each saved statement has a 5000 character limit which is approximately 700 words. Characters include spaces, carriage returns, numbers, letters, etc. Select zero if no personal statement is required, optional, or if you wish to collect personal statement(s) from applicants outside of NursingCAS.
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Do you plan to charge a supplemental or school-specific fee in addition to the NursingCAS fee? (At the Graduate Level)
 Yes
 No
 Undecided
If yes, how much will the fee be?
 

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