The Ball State University School of Nursing/Community Health Network Nursing Academy is currently being revamped. As a result, there will be no Spring 2016 admittance to the Community Health Network Nursing Academy.

The Baccalaureate Program application is now open from August 24, 2015 - September 4, 2015 at 5:00pm.  The Nursing Baccalaureate Application can be located here: Nursing Application

Check out the latest edition of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Beta Rho Chapter, Newsletter.

On September 18th, the School of Nursing will be hosting a CNE Workshop featuring Linda Caputi at the Ball State University Alumni Center.  For more information and registrations, contact

ATTENTION ALL PRE-NURSING STUDENTS: You can now watch the video from the Beginning of the Year Kick-Off Meeting for Pre-Nursing Students.

Our bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs are constantly evolving to provide you with the latest theories and equipment in the ever-changing health care industry. Our renowned faculty and staff are committed to individual attention and one-on-one instruction, and our Simulation and Information Technology Center (SITC) allows you to practice advanced skills in a controlled environment. Incorporating mobile devices into our curriculum prepares you for the expanded role of technology in health care.

Designated a National League for 
Nursing Center of Excellence
, an 
honor bestowed to only a 
handful of programs in the nation
The baccalaureate degree in nursing,
master's degree in nursing, and
Doctor of Nursing Practice at
Ball State University are 
accredited by the Commission on 
Collegiate Nursing Education

Learn more about recognitions and rankings for Ball State University.

Various tracks reflect our commitment to providing you with an education that suits your lifestyle and professional goals:

  • Our baccalaureate program is a traditional, on campus, four-year experience that will prepare you to work as a professional nurse in both structured and unstructured health care settings. We accept applications to the School of Nursing twice yearly: the first 10 days of the fall semester for spring admission and the first 10 days of the spring semester for summer and fall admission. The application link will not appear until the first day of the fall or spring semester. Click on the Nursing Applicant Checklist in order to know what materials you will need for the application process. You may access this at any time in order for you to be prepared for the application process. Deadlines are firm, and students are expected to have all materials submitted by the application deadline. Please note: students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA to be eligible for the application process. Also, students with current or pending criminal charges, or who are completing a diversion program, are not eligible for admission to the School of Nursing.
  • Our hybrid LPN transition track enables you to apply prior science and general studies course credit toward a bachelor’s degree. We will work with you to develop a personalized plan of study of online and in-class instruction.
  • Online programs—RN to BS, RN to MS, master’s, and doctorate of nursing practice (DNP)—help nurses around the globe advance their credentials and impact on the field

The School of Nursing at Ball State University is committed to providing quality online education to our students. We are applying nationally recognized Quality Matters standards to continuously improve the design and delivery of all online courses and programs within the School of Nursing. We are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous research-based standards. The implementation of QM at the Ball State School of Nursing is one component of a comprehensive quality assurance plan. The Quality Matters Program ensures that the online components of the courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. 

Lectures, seminars, and Internet modules provide you with the fundamentals, while hands-on, engaging simulation and clinical experiences challenge you to apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences. As you progress through the nursing curriculum, you will learn increasingly more complex skills, working with clients across the lifespan in acute, chronic, and rehabilitative states in a variety of settings.

At Ball State, we value clinical study and research. You will learn and practice in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, homes, and community health agencies, providing you with real-world experience. Collaborations among peers, faculty, and community partners are key to inclusive, immersive learning.

Our nursing students high pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is a reflection of our comprehensive curriculum, varied clinical experiences, and student-centered focus. Graduates go on to enjoy success in a variety of settings, and employers note that Ball State graduates are among the most prepared.

Lasting Bonds

We encourage you to deepen your educational experience through the Nursing Living-Learning Community, which matches you with fellow nursing students in select classes as well as in the residence hall. Living and working alongside your peers will help you form lasting professional partnerships, academic support, and a circle of friends. The community offers in-hall advising sessions, hosts speakers and panels, facilitates trips to hospitals and clinics, and connects you with the Ball State Student Nurses Association.

Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and in life after Ball State. Our active Facebook page connects prospective and current students as well as graduates. The Ball State Student Nurses Association Facebook page is another avenue for students to offer academic assistance and socialize.

The Beta Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is another way to socialize and work with other nurses to enhance the profession. 

Keep in Touch

We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build relationships with us. Our active Nursing Alumni Society fosters social and professional connections among our graduates. Alumni expertise and support provide students with the confidence and connections to succeed within our program and beyond.

Whether you share professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship, or facilitate a partnership—our program is eager to connect you with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to the field. Contact us to share your story and learn about program news and events.

Learn more about what sets our programs apart.