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Nursing Practice, Post-Master’s DNP

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

About the Program Nursing Practice, Post-Master’s DNP

This practice-focused post-master’s doctoral program is designed to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. It centers on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) DNP Essentials guide the curriculum and include eight concepts: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice; Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking; Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice; Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care; Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care; Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes; Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health; and Advanced Nursing Practice. 

The post-master’s DNP is a terminal, graduate degree and curriculum is based on the DNP candidate’s prior education, experience, and choice of specialization. Competencies for the DNP build and expand upon those attained through master’s study and achieve the same end-of-program competencies as the post-baccalaureate DNP. All applicants must be board certified in their specialty area and hold a master of science in nursing from a regionally and nursing accredited program. It is anticipated that a minimum of 12 months of full-time, post-master’s study will be necessary to acquire the additional doctoral level competencies. The post-master’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum prepares and requires students to engage in evidenced-based clinical projects that primarily focus on the appraisal and translation of theory and all forms of best evidence to practice.

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The purpose of the program is to foster the development of a community of expert advanced practice nurses who will transform practice and improve health care outcomes through the application of nursing knowledge.

Program Goals

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    Advanced Practice Leadership

    Expert advanced practice nurses who provide and lead healthcare services for increasingly complex patients by integrating multiple knowledge bases and methods by developing comprehensive high-level advanced practice nursing care.

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    Advocacy

    Advocates who will improve the quality and safety of care, patient outcomes, and health policies that impact the health of society.

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    Scholarship

    Scholar-Practitioners who are rooted in the critical appraisal and application of evidence-based methods in clinical practice.

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Outcomes NP/DNP Program Passing Rates

Calendar year (January 1- December 31)
Certifying Agency
Specialization
Number of test takers
Actual Pass rate
2015 ANCC FNP 6 100%
ANCC AGACNP 38 81%
AANP FNP 45 89%
2016 ANCC FNP 50 98.91%
ANCC AGACNP 31 89.29%
AANP FNP 59 95%
2017 ANCC FNP 43 95.24%
ANCC AGACNP 23 80.95%
AANP FNP 31 81%
2018 ANCC FNP 38 97%
ANCC AGACNP 26 84%
AANP FNP 12 82%
2019 ANCC FNP 52 82%
ANCC AGACNP 44 95%
AANP FNP 12 90%
2020 ANCC FNP 32 96.88%
ANCC AGACNP 31 93.55%
AANP FNP 7 80%
Calendar year (January 1- December 31)
Certifying Agency
Specialization
Number of test takers
Actual Pass rate
2015
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization FNP Number of test takers 6 Actual Pass rate 100%
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization AGACNP Number of test takers 38 Actual Pass rate 81%
Certifying Agency AANP Specialization FNP Number of test takers 45 Actual Pass rate 89%
2016
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization FNP Number of test takers 50 Actual Pass rate 98.91%
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization AGACNP Number of test takers 31 Actual Pass rate 89.29%
Certifying Agency AANP Specialization FNP Number of test takers 59 Actual Pass rate 95%
2017
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization FNP Number of test takers 43 Actual Pass rate 95.24%
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization AGACNP Number of test takers 23 Actual Pass rate 80.95%
Certifying Agency AANP Specialization FNP Number of test takers 31 Actual Pass rate 81%
2018
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization FNP Number of test takers 38 Actual Pass rate 97%
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization AGACNP Number of test takers 26 Actual Pass rate 84%
Certifying Agency AANP Specialization FNP Number of test takers 12 Actual Pass rate 82%
2019
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization FNP Number of test takers 52 Actual Pass rate 82%
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization AGACNP Number of test takers 44 Actual Pass rate 95%
Certifying Agency AANP Specialization FNP Number of test takers 12 Actual Pass rate 90%
2020
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization FNP Number of test takers 32 Actual Pass rate 96.88%
Certifying Agency ANCC Specialization AGACNP Number of test takers 31 Actual Pass rate 93.55%
Certifying Agency AANP Specialization FNP Number of test takers 7 Actual Pass rate 80%

Admissions Overview Getting Started

Congratulations on taking the first step to pursue your passion, advance your career, and make a difference in your community. We are committed to assist each student through the admission process.

Whether you transition straight from undergraduate studies to a graduate program or have been out of school for some time, we offer a welcoming and professional environment for graduate study.

With small class sizes, there is a considerable amount of personalized attention from your faculty and opportunities to build strong relationships with fellow classmates.

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

Admission Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in graduate study.
  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
  • Have a valid and current national certification in an advanced nursing practice specialty (which attests to the minimum clinical hours for the specialty). If applicant is not nationally certified, certification must be achieved within one year of starting the program.
  • DNP Portfolio demonstrating high potential for producing scholarship, including:
  • CV/Resume.
  • One essay with a clear statement of goals and expectations for entering the DNP program and how the student anticipates this degree will benefit the profession of nursing and his/her community.
  • One essay describing the type of clinical project the student plans to undertake in the DNP program.
  • Three letters of recommendation—one addressing clinical competence and two addressing academic ability.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of an undergraduate or graduate nursing research course.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of a statistics course, which included descriptive and inferential methods, within five years of program start date.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references as described above.

Candidates are selected for admission based upon the likelihood for program completion and academic success in graduate education. These include:

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides graduate level nursing students with tuition discounts. Dependent on the program you are enrolled in, the following discounts are applied to our standard tuition costs.

  • Master of Science in Nursing: 25% tuition scholarship
  • Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice: 30% tuition scholarship
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice (Post-Master's): $1000/per month for 24 months
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing: 20% tuition scholarship
Financial Aid Programs Tuition and Fees
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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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Barry University is accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels.

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