Admissions Criteria – Nurse Practitioner MSN

Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of high promise for program completion and academic success. These criteria, in addition to professional experience, are evaluated as a composite, and the potential for success is determined by the graduate faculty. The outcome of this faculty assessment is full acceptance, provisional acceptance, or denial.

MSN admission applications must be complete and be received by the Office of Admissions by August 15. You can begin your admissions application online through our online application system called myBarry.

Criteria indicating potential success include:

  • Completed Barry University graduate application. In order to be considered for admission and eligible for enrollment in the fall semester, the completed application must be received by August 15.
  • Baccalaureate or graduate degree in nursing granted from a regionally and professionally accredited or international recognized college or university. A bachelor’s degree from another discipline will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly to Barry University
  • Current, unrestricted license as a professional Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. Out of state applicants must be eligible for endorsement by the Florida Board of Nursing.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 minimum on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with master’s degrees from a regionally accredited college or university will have their graduate GPA included for admissions consideration.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (B or higher) of an undergraduate nursing research course.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (B or higher) of a statistics course, which included descriptive and inferential methods, within the previous five years
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references
  • Applicants to the FNP specialization tract must provide evidence of current BLS certification; applicants to the AGACNP specialization tract must provide evidence of both BLS and ACLS certification
  • Applicants to the M.S.N/M.B.A. program must also meet the admission requirements for the School of Business.
  • Attendance at a personal/virtual interview at the invitation of the program admissions committee is required for admission.
  • Preadmission Testing: All applicants must take and achieve a satisfactory score on the English Assessment Test (EAT). The EAT provides students with a professional evaluation of their reading and writing skills. Based on the EAT results, an applicant may be required to enroll in an English writing course and/or reading tutorial.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be required. If required, one of these preadmission tests must have been completed within the previous five years and the student must have achieved an acceptable score. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the admissions committee for alumni of Barry University BSN program with a GPA of 3.0 or greater, or non-alumni applicants with a GPA of 3.2 or greater.
  • All applicants must affirm and attest to sound physical health, emotional stability, and personal integrity that will enable them to successfully complete the educational program, comply with criteria for nursing licensure, and adhere to the American Nurses Association professional codes for conduct and practice. Applicants must affirm and attest that they are free of addiction to substances of abuse and are not restricted in their practice of nursing or under investigation by any Board of Nursing, and are willing to adhere to Drug Free Workplace policies and procedures of affiliate clinical training sites. This may include submission to randomized drug testing and/or testing for cause and upon Program demand.
  • Upon the start of the program, accepted candidates are required to possess a notebook computer with specified software which conforms to criteria established by the Program. Candidates should possess basic computer literacy skills. Upon entry to the graduate program, it is expected that students will have prerequisite computer skills in Microsoft Office, use of email, and the ability to use the internet. Students without these prerequisite skills are encouraged to take CS 180-Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements.
  • Admission is a competitive basis for a limited number of positions. As a result, applicants may meet minimum admission requirements, but may not be selected for a personal interview or admission.