Academic Program

Whether your career goals include working in a hospital after graduation, pursuing graduate studies to become a family nurse practitioner, or moving on to doctoral work, Ball State’s major in nursing will put you on the road to success. This regular concentration is a traditional four-year, on-campus track that prepares graduates for licensure to work in both structured and unstructured healthcare settings.

In years past, Ball State nursing graduates have annual pass rates of 94 to 100 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Employers note that new graduates from this program are very well prepared for their profession.

Explore how Ball State’s nursing program can lead to a flexible and rewarding career in the medical field.

What You Will Learn

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Nationally Ranked

Our program is recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Ball State School of Nursing prepares you for the nursing profession by providing a blend of intense lecture material with practical clinical experience. You will work with high-fidelity simulators that create a real-life experience in our million-dollar campus labs.

In addition, students apply their nursing skills in various clinical sites throughout east-central Indiana, including:

  • hospitals
  • long-term care facilities
  • clinics
  • provider's offices
  • home health care facilities
Ball State is enabling me to attain my goal of working in my local community on a nationwide epidemic. I’m tackling both clinical research and a direct community initiative.

—Hannah Fluhler
Nursing and Pre-Dance/Movement Major
Read more about her experiences.

What It’s Like to Major in Nursing at Ball State

Our nursing lab has top-notch simulation, resources, and support for nursing students. Faculty members provide student learning experiences that enhance critical thinking skills and preparation for real-world application of simulated scenarios.

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Members of our faculty are experienced in the nursing field, and many are currently active in their specific areas of nursing. They are student-focused and have high expectations for student success across each of Ball State’s baccalaureate nursing programs.

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Our nursing program offers general medical-surgical nursing courses, which are rigorous and prepare students for practice in multiple areas.

We also offer specialty classes, such as psychiatric, pediatric, community health, and childbearing nursing that allow students to be exposed to various types of nursing, as well as prepare them for care of clients throughout the lifespan.

In our leadership and management course during the last semester, students have an opportunity to work directly with a nurse in various areas of practice. Our critical care course is also unique to our program, and it brings all concepts from the foundational medical-surgical courses together.

Because Ball State enjoys strong relationships with clinical agencies across east-central Indiana, we are able to provide our students with hands-on learning experiences in a wide variety of clinical environments. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in environments from hospitals to private practice and long-term care facilities.

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Major Requirements

Students entering the traditional four-year program begin clinical study in their sophomore year with an introduction to basic nursing concepts and health care appraisal courses.

Nursing skills learned in the laboratory are practiced in real clinical settings under the supervision of nursing faculty.

As you progress through the nursing curriculum, you will be exposed to clients across the lifespan in acute, chronic, and rehabilitation states.

During your last semester, you will demonstrate your accumulation of knowledge and acquire the foundation of leadership and management principles within the profession. Throughout the curriculum, you will also utilize computer technology and master a variety of computer skills. 

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Our bachelor’s degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a designation recognizing the highest-quality nursing programs in the country. Learn more.


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A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Health Applications
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Childbearing

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

A bachelor’s degree in nursing prepares you to advance your career as a nurse, or to go on to graduate studies in nursing. This degree will prepare you to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, homes, and community health agencies.

You may pursue a career or further education as a/an:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Postsecondary Nursing Instructor
  • Nurse Anesthetist

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of funding options offered through Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, our department awards scholarships to our own students. Find a scholarship.

Apply to Ball State

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.