Moving Your Admissions Process Online During COVID-19

Published March 25, 2020

About NursingCAS

AACN’s NursingCAS continues to add member schools to its’ Centralized Application Service. In 2019, over 40 schools of nursing joined NursingCAS with 275 programs now participating and 53,000 applicants in the last cycle. NursingCAS is a free service for AACN member schools and provides a cloud-based admissions software and student application. AACN and NursingCAS can assist with quickly shifting your admissions process online during this time of transition for universities. A recent article in University Business, “6 considerations for moving admissions processes online” provides insight on the benefits of moving towards cloud-based processes in admissions. These benefits include the ability to seamlessly transition to a remote work environment and to increase program visibility to prospective students. 


As of today, March 26, NursingCAS remains fully operational and business is being conducted as usual, but in a remote setting. Applicants and WebAdMIT users can still contact customer service, send transcripts, and continue with the application process. AACN’s technology partner, Liaison International, has robust technology and a culture of flexibility that enables their staff to efficiently and effectively perform their work remotely. 

Liaison has posted COVID-19 updates on both the student and WebAdMIT login pages and the content is edited daily with FAQs. The notice contains guidance on how programs can update their NursingCAS homepages with time sensitive information and other helpful tips. As a reminder, schools can easily update their NursingCAS application deadlines. If your program needs to extend a deadline, simply login the Configuration Portal to make this edit. As always, WebAdMIT Support can be reached at 857-304-2020 or webadmitsupport@liaisonedu.com.

NursingCAS application submissions have remained consistent with the number of applications received last year at this time. AACN is tracking the numbers closely on a week-by-week basis. It greatly helps that NursingCAS is a fully online and cloud-based service (student application, Liaison transcript verification process, etc.). If you need to quickly shift additional programs to NursingCAS at this time, or if you have any questions or recommendations, please contact Stephanie Wurth, AACN Director of Strategic Partnerships (NursingCAS). 

To give more information about moving your admissions process online during COVID-19, NursingCAS will be hosting a webinar on May 4th, 2020. Register for the webinar here.