BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING - FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the deadline to apply for the BSN program?
Application deadline for the fall BSN program (starting in August) is June 15th. The deadline for the spring BSN program (starting in January) is October 15th. If you wish to be considered for the Baptist Scholar’s Program, it is advisable to submit your completed application in May (for fall admission) or September (for spring admission). Deadlines may be extended at the discretion of the Admissions Committee
2. 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 Traditional or 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.
3. If I applied to pre-nursing and was not accepted, what can I do?
If a student does not meet the minimum requirements, an appeal can be prepared by the applicant explaining circumstances for review by the Admissions Committee. Please contact a pre-nursing advisor for more information.
4. How many students are accepted?
Approximately 75 each fall and spring semester.
5. What are the Prerequisite courses for the BSN program?
View the list of Prerequisites. Meeting (either in person or online) with an advisor is necessary to assure proper program planning.
6. 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.
7. When will I know if I’m accepted to start the BSN program?
The Admissions Committee meets regularly to review completed applications. An interview with members of the faculty may be required. Applicants will be notified of their decision thereafter. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.
8. 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. Admission to the program is competitive. From July 1st, 2016, there will be a $35 fee to register for the Kaplan exam.
9. I have already taken the Kaplan Exam at a different university. Will Barry University accept those results?
Check with Kaplan if they will give Barry University Nursing access to your results. Testing may still be required. Results must be dated within 6 months of the potential start date for the BSN program.
10. 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.
11. What is required to apply to the Baptist Health Scholar’s program?
An acceptance letter to start the traditional BSN program, a Baptist Health Scholarship application, an interview at Baptist Hospital, and other documents as specified at the time of application. We will provide the application as soon as you are accepted to start the BSN program.
12. Can registration and advising be done online?
Online and telephone advising is available. Initial registration requires an original signature but subsequent registrations can be completed online. Our advisors also offer early morning, late evening, and Saturday appointments on selected dates.
If you have any further questions, feel free to call Nursing Admissions at 305.899.3844 schedule an appointment with an advisor or visit our website.
13. 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.
14. 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.
If you would like general information about Barry University including a virtual tour, please visit our university website.