The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is taking action to help alleviate the nursing shortage by launching a nationwide nursing school application service called the Centralized Application Service (CAS).   

We all have heard a great deal about the shortage of nursing faculty resulting in schools of nursing turning away thousands of qualified students every year. What you might not have known is that there are still other schools of nursing that have a significant number of vacancies. According to a press release on March 31, 2010, AACN said, “In 2009, almost 55,000 qualified applications were turned away for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs, even though more than 14,000 available seats went unfilled.”  In response to this great need, AACN developed an online application process that matches students with colleges and universities with open student enrollment. As of March 31, 2010 when AACN announced the new program, there were 40 participating schools participating in the program and more than 300 schools who are learning about the CAS.  

This is a great service to share with family, friends, and colleagues who may have been disappointed about being rejected by a school of nursing or placed on a waiting list. If you are interested in advancing your nursing degree or know someone who is planning to attend nursing nursing school, go to the following website,  http://www.nursingcas.org.