Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Option

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the deadline to apply for the BSN Acceleration Option (AO) program?

The deadline for the Spring BSN AO program (starting in January) is October 31st of the preceding year.

2. How many students are accepted?

Approximately 10-20 students are accepted for the AO track.

3. What are the Prerequisite courses for the BSN Acceleration Option program?

Please visit here for the list of Prerequisites. Meeting (either in person or online) with an advisor is necessary to assure proper program planning.

4. Do I have to finish all Prerequisites before I can submit an application to the Barry University Nursing Program?

No, it is best to apply early to allow nursing advisors to assist with planning and updates.

5. What is Pre-nursing?

If you do not have all the program pre-requisites completed in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, you will be considered for admission to the Pre-Nursing track. Pre-Nursing is a pre-professional track that includes all the general education, prerequisites, and supporting courses needed for admission to the Accelerated Option BSN. Students may be able to transfer equivalent credits from another accredited college or university to the pre-nursing track.

Our pre-nursing advisors, in conjunction with Barry University's professional transcript evaluators, will advise students who wish to transfer credits on an individual basis. Request further information about the pre-nursing program.

There is no deadline to apply for pre-nursing. Based on the number of pre-requisites completed, students will be advised of the approximate date they will be ready to apply for the BSN program.

6. When will I know if I'm accepted to start the BSN program?

The Admissions Committee will meet after the fall deadline has passed to finalize the list of students. Applicants will be notified of their decision thereafter. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.

7. Is there an entrance exam for the BSN program?

Yes, the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam is required. While the Admissions Committee does not specify a benchmark, students should make every effort to attain as high a score as possible in order to strengthen their application for admission to the BSN program. From July 1st, 2016, there will be a $35 fee to register for the Kaplan exam.

8. Is there a study guide for the Kaplan Exam?

Yes. There are many resources available online or you may purchase a book if you prefer. Simply use a common search engine such as Google© and enter the terms “Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam.” This exam is used as an assessment tool by many universities nationwide so you can be assured that there are a plethora of resources available to help you prepare.

9. Can registration and advising be done online?

Online and telephone advising is available. Our advisors offer early morning, late evening, and Saturday appointments on selected dates. If you have already completed your application, and you have further questions, you many schedule an information session with an advisor.

10. I want to live on campus. Where can I find information about this?

There are a variety of dorm rooms available on main campus. The following link will provide all your answers to questions concerning living on campus, how to apply for housing, services and amenities, safety and security, dining and meal plans, and off campus housing options visit here.

11. What about financial aid?

Further education is always a sound investment, especially for a profession that is constantly in demand both nationally and internationally. We understand that funding can be a stressor for many students and their families. Barry University and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences have an extensive range of scholarship opportunities available. For more information about financial aid including how to complete a FAFSA, visit here.

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