Admissions Criteria – Post-Baccalaureate DNP

Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of high promise for academic success and program completion. A new post baccalaureate DNP class begins each fall. All applications materials must be complete and be received by the Office of Admissions by April 15th. Applications received after April 15th are considered on a space available basis only. Start your admission process today! You can begin your admissions application online through myBarry, our online admissions system today.


  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing granted from a regionally and professionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university. A bachelor’s degree from another discipline will be considered on a case by case basis. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly to Barry University. International applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation with a computed GPA from a regionally and professionally accredited institution.
  • A current, unrestricted license as a professional registered nurse in the United States. Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement by the Florida Board of Nursing. An unrestricted Florida license must be received prior to starting the Program and maintained throughout enrollment in the Program.
  • A minimum of one year, full time clinical experience as a Registered Nurse within the last three years.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university will have their graduate GPA included for admissions consideration.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of an undergraduate nursing research course.

What do you need to apply?

  • Applicants to the D.N.P. Family Nurse Practitioner specialization must provide evidence of current BLS certification.
  • Applicants to the D.N.P. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization must provide evidence of current BLS and ACLS certification.
  • Official satisfactory scores, as determined by the Admissions Committee, from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), taken within five years of application. Scores are evaluated in the context of the overall application package submitted by the applicant. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee for alumni of Barry University’s B.S.N. program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater, or non alumni applicants with a GPA of 3.2 or greater. If your first language is not English, you must submit proof of English competency.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references.
  • Upon the start of the program, accepted candidates are required to possess a notebook computer with specified software which conforms to criteria established by the Program. Applicants are advised that portions of the didactic coursework are web based and also provided in conjunction with telecommunications or video teleconferencing instruction. Candidates should possess basic computer literacy skills, including the use of word processing, Windows operating systems, electronic mail, and navigation of Internet applications. Students without these prerequisite skills are encouraged to take CS 180 Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements.
  • Preadmission testing: All applicants must complete the Barry University English Assessment Test (EAT) and achieve a satisfactory score. 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 and/or reading tutorial.
  • Applicants may be required to fulfill specific prerequisites or other conditions of admission prior to an admission decision.
  • All applicants must affirm and attest to sound physical health, emotional stability, and personal integrity that will enable them to successfully complete the educational program, comply with criteria for nursing licensure, and adhere to American Nurses Association professional codes of conduct and practice. Applicants must affirm and attest that they are free of addiction to substances of abuse, are not restricted in their practice of nursing or under investigation by any Board of Nursing, and are willing to adhere to Drug Free Workplace policies and procedures of affiliate clinical training sites, to include submission to randomized drug testing and/or testing for cause and upon Program demand.
  • Admission is on a competitive basis for a limited number of positions. As a result, applicants may meet minimum admission requirements, but may not be selected for a personal interview or admission. Applicants are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid to investigate funding options at the time they are considering submission of their application package.