Nursing (BSN) Accelerated Option

Designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree

About the Program Nursing (BSN) Accelerated Option

The Accelerated Option (AO) program is designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree or higher in a non-nursing field and wish to pursue a career in professional nursing. Our rapid-paced, high quality AO program is delivered over four semesters and begins in the spring each year. Small class sizes allow for more interaction between students and their professors throughout this rigorous course of study.

Our program is competitively priced to meet the needs of the second-degree seeking students. Tuition is $7000 per semester + $50 per credit/per semester nursing program resources fee. Additionally, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is pleased to offer a wide variety of privately funded scholarships, in both spring and fall, which can help AO students offset out-of-pocket expenses.

Program Highlights:

  • Small class sizes
  • Tuition $7000/semester + $50 per credit/per semester nursing program resources fee
  • Wide variety of privately funded scholarships available
  • 20% discount for Barry University graduates
  • Program completion in just 4 short semesters
  • Classes start in the spring semester each year
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South Florida hospitals seek Barry's BSN/AO grads, because they know the quality of our program, and AO grads tend to be more mature and adjust to the demands of nursing quickly.

Clinical Experiences

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Baptist Health System

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Jackson Healthcare System Hospitals

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Nicklaus Children's Hospital

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Holy Cross Hospital

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Cleveland Clinic

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North Shore Medical Center

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Plantation General Hospital

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Miami Jewish Health Systems

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Latest News

  • Barry's Nursing School Will Launch Ventilator Management Simulation Training Program Thanks to Florida Blue Foundation November 11, 2020

    Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) will soon launch a Ventilator Management Simulation Training Program thanks in part to a generous gift from the Florida Blue Foundation.

  • National League for Nursing Honors Barry University as 2020 Center of Excellence August 19, 2020

    Across Florida and nationwide, Barry nursing graduates are known as leaders in the field. Now, a coveted new distinction lends an official air to that longstanding reputation.

  • More Men are Entering Nursing... and Choosing Barry University! August 07, 2020

    Barry’s Nursing program not only has a strong reputation for minority representation—which includes male-identified nurses—we were also recently honored by the National League for Nursing as a 2020 Center of Excellence in Enhanced Student Learning and Professional Development.

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NCLEX RN Licensure

Upon successful completion of all nursing program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Our NCLEX pass rates are consistently above national averages.

Outcomes Becoming a #BarryNurse

When you graduate, you will have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to engage as a beginning practitioner. You will graduate with the ability to:

  • Assimilate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences to provide humanistic, safe, quality care as a nurse generalist.
  • Utilize clinical reasoning to formulate decisions regarding safe, quality healthcare outcomes.
  • Integrate evidence based practice to provide safe, compassionate, and holistic, patient/family centered nursing care in diverse settings.
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the health care team, including patients and their support system(s) to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Integrate health promotion, disease and injury prevention strategies in the care of individuals, families and communities.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices to support safe nursing practice.
  • Evaluate the impact of political, legal, and ethical factors on the health of individuals, families and communities from a global perspective. Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct into nursing practice.
  • Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct into nursing practice.
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Admissions Overview Getting Started

In the time it takes to watch a movie, you can apply to attend Barry University. From application to graduation, we support you every step of the way. Apply anytime, anywhere. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, but the sooner you apply, the better. Some majors require extra information for acceptance into specific programs. See what you need to apply, since general admission doesn't guarantee acceptance into all majors.

As part of Barry's diverse, close-knit community of 3,000 undergraduates, you’ll grow and build lifelong relationships. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, you'll thrive thanks to individualized instruction and professors who are experts in their fields. The best part? You’ll leave college with the skills you need to succeed and little debt; we work to make school affordable through merit-based scholarships and financial aid.

Prerequisites Admissions Requirements

Start your application today. In just a few years, you'll graduate with a degree from a highly-respected, affordable university.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

If you’re a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, you may qualify for our merit-based scholarships with awards up to $17,000, based on your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores. Scholarships are available for freshmen (including test optional), transfers, international, DACA, and Dreamer applicants. Using your admissions application, we automatically determine your eligibility.

More than 90% of our students receives some form of financial assistance. Apply to see if you qualify for a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Just submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete it as soon as possible since funds may be limited. Barry's federal school code is 001466. Curious about qualifying? Take a look at our Net Price Calculator.

Net Price Calculator Tuition and Fees

Explore our scholarship system to see if you qualify for scholarships funded by alumni, private donors, corporations, and others.

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
  • Be automatically considered for many of the scholarships available at Barry University
  • Do a keyword search for scholarships and review the criteria to see if your qualifications are a match
The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
Barry University Scholarships

Nursing Programs Accreditation

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences maintains accreditation for its undergraduate (BSN), master's (MSN), post-graduate certificates (ARNP), and doctoral (DNP) nursing programs through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The master's and DNP in Nurse Anesthesia programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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