Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences: A Revered and Popular Educator of South Florida
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Barry University is one of the leading learning centers in the South Florida region. Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, it has expanded to more than 122 acres and 17 locations throughout Florida that includes six schools and two colleges. A student population of over 7,000, student-faculty ratio of 11:1, financial aid inclusion to over 90% of the students, and student representation of more than 80 countries tells the prominence of Barry University. The University provides a wide range of academic programs within Arts & Sciences, Business, Podiatric Medicine, Law, Nursing & Health Sciences, and more. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences was established in 2014 with the aim of fulfilling the dream and aspirations of nursing students by providing them with simulation-based learning and making them ready for varied nursing job roles. The success of their countless nursing alumni in their respective professional fields tells the quality of education that Barry University provides to its students. Forbes magazine also recognized Barry University as one of “America’s Top Colleges” for three consecutive years.

The University believes that practical learning (based on real-life-scenario’s), along with the inculcation of Catholic and spiritual values in smaller composition, makes the real recipe for a student’s future success. This belief, along with a rich and glorious educational history of more than 75 years, has transformed the lives of many and helped them to become an agent of change and leader in their respective academic field.

Prominent Nursing Courses and Varied Accreditations

The college provides a wide range of BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), MSN (Master of Science in Nursing), and Doctoral programs in nursing. Occupational Therapy, Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Anesthetists, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, and Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion are some of its eminent health care programs. These programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Distinguished Facilities and Career Opportunities Ahead

An advanced, well-equipped laboratory with all the vital nursing equipment makes the learning environment more productive and effective. Barry University understands this, therefore they have built The Wallace Gilroy Nursing Simulation Center that provides students an opportunity to build their skills and help them to experience real-world patient situations using low- and high-fidelity simulators. Along with this, the student-faculty ratio of 11:1 gives more personal attention and guidance to students. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of their faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences nurtures students to achieve their dreams to become a family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology, acute care nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, nurse scientist and more with the help of their wide range of advanced practice and graduate degree programs, as well as excellent placements services. The result of these facilities is that more than 90% of their nursing graduates either get placed in varied nursing roles or opt for higher education in the said field.

Accomplishments that Cements its Position as the Leader of Nursing Education         

Top Notch Nurses: Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences was recently included in the list of top 20 nursing colleges in the state of Florida.

Prosperous Alumni: The Florida Department of Education found that Barry graduates are in the top 10% of good salary earners among the state’s 28 private, not-for-profit educational institutions.

Multi-ethnic Campus: Barry University is not only famous among U.S. students but among foreign students as well. A student representation from over 80 countries defines the acceptability and “growing together culture” of Barry University. Due to its multi-ethnic and widely diverse student community, U.S. News & World Report ranked Barry among the nation’s top 25 most ethnically diverse universities in 2014.

Hackathon Winner: In a recent SimGHOSTS simulation conference in Raleigh, NC, Barry’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences team, led by nursing professor Daryl Lazaro Hawkins, won first place for their design in the hackathon competition. Apart from these achievements, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences was recognized in 2017 as one of only 50 schools to receive funding for a White Coat Ceremony from the Arnold Gold Foundation in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

An Administrative Reformer is Leading Barry University

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, has served as the President of Barry University since 2004. Being a highly revered alumna of Barry, she understands Barry’s culture and educational process in a much deeper and better way than others. She is an excellent administrator and leader. During her tenure, the college has seen many administrative and structural changes that have helped the institute in shaping a brighter future for its students.  Sister Linda has also won many awards for her leadership, including: “Outstanding Community Service Award” from the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration; “Top Women-Led Not-for-Profit Businesses” from The Commonwealth Institute of South Florida; “Chairman’s Award” from the Beacon Council; and many more.

Notable Alumni of Barry University

Dianne Goldenberg, who earned a Master of Science in nursing from Barry University, was recently named CEO of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. As CEO, Dianne is responsible for all hospital operations, executive planning and medical services for the 199-bed acute care hospital.

Dr. Rick Garcia, a nursing alumnus of Barry’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was selected as a member of HOSA’s Hall of Fame. HOSA is an international student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all citizens globally. Rick is presently serving as a director of nursing education for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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