Admissions Criteria – Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Admission is based upon a set of criteria indicative of potential success. These criteria, in addition to professional experience, are evaluated as a composite and the potential for success is determined by the graduate faculty. The outcome of this faculty assessment is acceptance, deferment, or denial.

During the admissions process, you can register for up to 6 credits while an admissions decision is being made. This will allow you to earn 6 credits if and when you are admitted in to the program. PhD in Nursing admissions are determined in the fall only. You can begin your admissions application online through our myBarry system.

Criteria indicating potential success include:

  • An MSN degree from a regionally accredited (CCNE or NLN) or internationally accredited school or a master’s degree in a related field and a BSN degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school. (Note: If you don’t have an MSN degree, a graduate level nursing theory and nursing research course is required before doctoral students can begin within the PhD in Nursing program). International applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation with a computed GPA from a regionally and professionally accredited institution.
  • Evidence of national certification
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in graduate study
  • Graduate-level research course, project or thesis
  • Official transcripts from each university/college attended
  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Florida and/or home country
  • Successful completion of a graduate level statistics course, including inferential statistics, within the past 5 years
  • Evidence of professional activities as reflected in current curriculum vitae that is submitted with the application
  • A personal Interview with the admissions committee may be requested
  • Three professional recommendations of leadership competencies or potential, including a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or a professor who taught you at the master’s level
  • All applicants must take and achieve a satisfactory score on the English Assessment Test (EAT). The EAT provides students with a professional evaluation of their reading and writing skills. Based on the EAT results, an applicant may be required to enroll in an English writing course. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be required. If required, one of these preadmission tests must have been completed within the previous five (5) years and the student must have achieved an acceptable score (GRE minimum score of 900; MAT minimum score of 400).
    • Barry alumni: Preadmission testing (GRE) is waived for applicants with a graduate GPA of 3.3 or greater; however, for Barry alumni applicants with a GPA of less than 3.3, preadmission testing is required. If your first language is not English, you must submit proof of English competency.
    • Non-Barry alumni: Preadmission testing is waived for those with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale; however non-Barry alumni applicants with a graduate GPA less than 3.5 are required to take either the GRE or the MAT. GPAs are not rounded.
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening required. Clinical agencies require students to be fingerprinted, pass drug screening and background check, and clear the HHS/OIG list of excluded individuals and the GSA list of parties excluded from federal programs. Compliance with this requirement and satisfactory findings are essential for clinical placement and progression. Students who fail to submit to a background check or students whose background checks indicate a conviction as specified in Florida Statutes Title XXI, Chapter 435.04 Level 2 Screening Standards or have a positive drug screen will be unable to enroll in or remain in the nursing program.
  • Access to a computer, with high-speed Internet connection, meeting the minimum specifications set by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences for their entering semester. Upon entry to the doctoral program, it is expected that students will have prerequisite computer skills in Microsoft Office, use of email, and the ability to use the internet. Students without these prerequisites skills are encouraged to take CS 180-Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements.