Admissions Criteria – Nurse Practitioner MSN
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.
Criteria indicating potential success include:
- Completed Barry University graduate application. In order to be considered for admission and eligible for enrollment in the fall semester, the completed application must be received by August 15.
- BSN from an accredited school, or a bachelor’s degree in another field from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school, or with an associate degree or diploma.
- Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Florida
- Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 minimum on a 4.0 scale
- Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion of an undergraduate nursing research course.
- Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion of a statistics course, which included descriptive and inferential methods, within the previous five years
- Two letters of recommendation from professional references
- Applicants to the FNP specialization tract must provide evidence of current BLS certification; applicants to the ACNP specialization tract must provide evidence of current ACLS certification
- Applicants to the M.S.N./M.B.A. program must also meet the admission requirements for the School of Business.
- Preadmission Testing: 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 and/or
reading tutorial. 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 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 an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater; however, for Barry alumni applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0, preadmission testing is required.
- Non-Barry Alumni: Preadmission testing is waived for those with an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or greater on a 4.0 scale; however non-Barry alumni applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.2 are required to take the 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 checks, 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 Division of Nursing for their entering semester. Upon entry to the graduate 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 prerequisite skills are encouraged to take CS 180-Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements.