Admissions Criteria – Post-Baccalaureate DNP

Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of high promise for academic success and program completion. A new post baccalaureate DNP class begins each fall. All applications materials must be complete and be received by the Office of Admissions by April 15th. Applications received after April 15th are considered on a space available basis only. Start your admission process today! You can begin your admissions application online through myBarry, our online admissions system today.


  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university
    • Bachelor’s degree in another field considered on a case by case basis.
  • Current, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States
  • 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, (included descriptive and inferential methods), within the previous five years

What do you need to apply?

  • Essay 1: A clear statement of goals and expectations for entering the DNP program and how you anticipate the profession of nursing as well as the community where you practice will be better served by you completing the degree.
  • Essay 2: A discussion of the type of clinical project you hope to undertake in the DNP program.
  • Three (3) professional recommendations:
    • One (1) addressing clinical competence
    • Two (2) addressing academic ability
  • Copy of current nursing license
  • Copy of Basic Life Support; ACLS required if Acute Care Gerontology specialization
  • GRE not necessarily required;
    • Barry Graduate: GRE waived with GPA of 3.0
    • Non-Barry graduate: GRE waived with GPA of 3.2
  • A personal interview with the admissions committee may be requested.
  • Background Check and Drug Screening required. Participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites require drug, criminal, and/or child abuse background checks and clearance through the HHS/OIG list of excluded individuals and the GSA list of parties excluded from federal programs in order to permit participation in the program’s clinical experiences, rotations and/or fieldwork experiences. Clinical and fieldwork sites may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or field work experience because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance, which would result in delayed graduation or in the inability to graduate from the program. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies. Drug and background checks will be conducted at the student’s expense.
  • Possess a laptop computer, with high-speed Internet connection, meeting the minimum specifications set by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences for their entering semester.