Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The focus of a nursing education at Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences is based upon valued human service, is rich in scholarship, provides the opportunity to conduct in-depth research, and grounded in political activism. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited COA Accredited
  • Location Miami Shores, Florida
  • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CRNA, NP, PhD, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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Barry University is a private, non-profit, Catholic institution that was founded in 1940.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Starting with the pre-nursing program, students complete general education courses as well as prerequisite courses to help prepare them for the Traditional BSN or Accelerated BSN options. This program is two years in length. Classes start in the fall or Spring semesters for the Traditional BSN, whereas the Accelerated BSN option only begins in the Spring semester.

Traditional BSN Option

After completing the pre-nursing program, you are required to apply to the Traditional BSN option and complete the next two years to be eligible to sit for the NCLEX, the licensure exam to becoming a registered nurse. After successfully passing the NCLEX he or she will then be able to seek licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in his or her individual state. Students begin the program in the Spring and fall.

Accelerated BSN Option

The Accelerated BSN program is available for those students who have completed a bachelor's degree in another field. Students will be able to complete the program in a short 15-months. This program begins in the Spring semester.

RN to BSN (online)

This program is for the Registered Nurse who is licensed, has an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN/ASN) or a state-approved Diploma in Nursing and desires to complete a BSN. The program begins in the fall or Spring semester.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is the advanced level of practice for a Registered Nurse looking to go into a leadership role thus preparing him or her to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). For the Master of Science in Nursing program at Barry University, there are three options for specialization:

  • Nurse Executive Leadership
  • Nurse Educator (NE)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)

The Master of Science in Nursing is designed for nurses who are working, making the program flexible to complete for the busy nurse. Most of the classes offered only have class once a week or on the weekends.

Nursing Executive Leadership

The Nurse Executive Leadership specialization educates and prepares the nurse to take on the role of a manager or administrator through managing different departments or nursing units.  This is a two-and-a-half-year long program.

Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator specialization educates and prepares nurses to be a leader in the classroom and an educator in the clinical setting. The nurse educator helps prepare future nurses. This is a two-and-a-half-year long program and begins in the fall.

Nurse Practitioner

The Nurse Practitioner specialization educates and prepares nurses to become Nurse Practitioners in the following tracks:

  • Geriatric-Adult Acute Care
  • Family Care

This program takes three years, but Barry University offers a Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) where students can earn both the MSN and DNP degrees within four years.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Education (online)

This is a unique 15-credit certificate program offered through Barry University for nurses who hold a graduate level degree in nursing and wish to teach in the classroom and/or clinical settings. There is a clinical experience in the field which helps students transfer the skills to their future students.

This post-Baccalaureate certificate program can be completed over four semesters, including another 200 hours of practicum experiences.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is offered for nurse practitioners interested in taking their degree to the highest level. There is also a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program for nurses who have a Master's degree.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) program assists nurses in becoming experts in research and academia.

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesiology

The Master of Science in Anesthesiology admitted the final incoming class January 2018. The Post-Baccalaureate DNP in Anesthesiology has replaced the Master of Science as Barry University's entry-level nurse anesthesia program.

  • Begins yearly in the fall semester
  • 36 to 40 credit-hours delivered over two years
  • Part-time course of study
  • Hybrid platform of on-campus and off-campus sessions

Nurse Anesthesiology: Post-Graduate Certificate

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Nurse Anesthesiology is designed for students who have already earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and wish to pursue the field of nurse anesthesiology. This program includes didactic coursework and clinical residency which will allow graduates to sit for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) licensing exam.

Rankings and Awards

US News & World Report (2019)

  • #230-#301 in National Universities
  • #103 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #90 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #94 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #25 of 1,592
  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #191 of 687
  • Best Value Colleges in America #980 of 1,590
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Florida #3 of 75
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Florida #5 of 18
  • Best Value Colleges in Florida #26 of 67
  • Best Value Colleges in Miami Area #6 of 18

College Factual ranked Barry University #38 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida.

Barry University's nursing program is ranked #26 among the list of the top 50 four-year nursing programs in the country by Accredited Schools Online.

Barry University's undergraduate program was awarded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) funding of $1000 to host White Coat Ceremonies that champion compassionate care in August 2016. also named Barry University's College of Nursing and Health Sciences a top 20 ranking.


Barry University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Post-Baccalaureate DNP in Anesthesiology and the Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Specialization in Anesthesiology programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

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