Baccalaureate Admission Policies

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Admission to Ball State University does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing's Baccalaureate Nursing program (Bachelor of Science degree with a nursing major).

2. Applicants with a record of substance abuse or conviction of violations of federal, state, or local laws related to controlled substances, alcohol, or other drugs or any offense (misdemeanor or felony) should know they may not be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse.

3. Applicants must submit disclosure of criminal background at the time of application. Nursing applications may not be accepted from students with pending charges, a conviction of, or entry into a diversion for a felony or misdemeanor other than a minor traffic offense, including without limitation, the following:

  • driving under the influence (DUI or DWI)
  • sex crime
  • Medicare/Medicaid exclusion (abuse or fraud)
  • battery
  • theft

Admitted students - Criminal background checks are required to be submitted to the nursing program by the required date and annually thereafter. Criminal background checks incorporate verification of the absence of exclusion from participation in any federal or state program, including Medicare and Medicaid. Students who have been admitted to the program and who have new pending charges are not permitted in clinical settings, and are required to withdraw from the clinical courses. Drug screens and further background checks may be required by clinical agencies. All checks and screens are at the student's expense.

4. Admission to the baccalaureate program is competitive. Satisfactory completion of the nursing prerequisites and fulfillment of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the baccalaureate nursing major.

Minimum Requirements

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0/4.0 or higher based upon a minimum 30 semester hours completed. Preference will be given to students who matriculated at Ball State University who meet this requirement. 
  • Credit in ANAT 201, CHEM 101, BIO 113, PSYS 100, and SOC 100 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher and repeated no more than one time. A grade of C- or less is not passing in these courses for the baccalaureate nursing program. If a course is repeated, the most recent grade earned will be used. If the repeated course grade is a C- or less, the applicant will be removed from the applicant pool. 
  • Credit in NUR 228 and PHYS 215 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher or these courses in progress at the time the application is filed and repeated no more than one time for a grade of C (2.0) or higher on completion.

In order to apply, students must have met the prerequisite course requirements. Students must be ranked as a sophomore and will be ranked by:

  • Pre-nursing grade-point average (Pre-nursing GPA) based on the following BSU course grades or grades in course equivalents: CHEM 101, BIO 113, ANAT 201, PSYS 100, and SOC 100. (30%)*. Science courses including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology must have been complete with the past seven (7) years. If Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, and/or Microbiology course credit is more than 7 years old, the applicant for the nursing program will be required to retake or transfer current course credit.*
  • Pre-nursing Assessment Score. (35%)*
  • Cumulative grade-point average (Cumulative GPA) based on all undergraduate coursework attempted. (35%)*

There are several ways to earn admission to the baccalaureate nursing program. All applicants must meet the minimal requirements of the general applicant pool.

Degree in 3 Track - Students admitted to the university as matriculating freshmen will submit a letter of request to the School of Nursing to enter the Degree in 3 Track. During freshman orientation, a contract is signed. A copy of the contract must be submitted by the student to the School of Nursing during the first month of fall semester. Students take all prerequisite courses in order via the 3 year plan of study. Students apply to the nursing program during the first ten business days of the second semester of the freshman year (online).

Nursing Academy – Degree in 3 - Students admitted to the university interested in the Nursing Academy Degree in 3, who have not earned an initial associate or baccalaureate degree, will sign and date a Nursing Academy Degree in 3 agreement. Students take all prerequisite courses via the 3 year plan of study. Students apply to the nursing program during the first ten business days of either fall or spring semesters. Students admitted to the nursing program interested in the Nursing Academy will submit an application to the Community Health Network Nursing. Regardless of selection to Community Health Network Nursing Academy and a potential scholarship, the student must meet the School of Nursing’s progression requirements and follow the Degree in 3 plan of study.

General Applicant Track - Students admitted to the university with an interest in nursing may follow the General Applicant Track. Students apply to the nursing program during the first ten business days of the first semester sophomore year. This program is an 8 academic semester track.

Partners in Nursing Education (PNE) - Students in the PNE track follow the 8 academic semester track and approved by the Department of Military Science.

L.P.N. to B.S. Track - Students who are licensed practical nurses (LPNs), with unencumbered Indiana licenses, will follow the LPN to BS plan of study set up for them.

Second Baccalaureate Degree – Students, who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in another major, as verified by an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university, will follow the second baccalaureate degree plan of study (fall admissions only). Second baccalaureate degree applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and may apply for provisional admission provided space is available in the fall class.

5. The Baccalaureate Program has FULL ACCREDITATION with the Indiana State
Board of Nursing, Professional Licensing Agency, 402 W. Washington Street,
Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-234-2043 and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-463-6930.

II. School of Nursing Application Process

  • Meet the minimum requirements described above.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the University prior to applying to the School of Nursing.
  • Submit School of Nursing application online during the designated application period.

During the FIRST 10 DAYS of the previous SPRING SEMESTER if you intend to enroll in NUR 230/231 during the next SUMMER or FALL SEMESTER 

During the FIRST 10 DAYS of the previous FALL SEMESTER if you intend to enroll in NUR 230/231 during the next SPRING SEMESTER.  

  • Applicants with undergraduate course work must submit official transcripts from each college/university including Ball State University in a sealed envelope during the application period to the School of Nursing. If all official transcripts from colleges/universities including Ball State University are not submitted by the end of the 10th business day, the applicant’s application will not be considered for that class.  Validation of receipt of transcripts and all other documents is the responsibility of each applicant prior to the end of the 10th business day. The applicant may reapply the next application period.
  • Students who do not submit the application at the appropriate time will not be considered for that class. Students may reapply the next application period.
  • If students are selected for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program and do not accept placement in that class, re-application is required. If the admitted student does not provide health clearance, background checks, Certified Profile, etc. within the required scheduled deadline, the student will relinquish his/her space and will need to reapply the next application period.
  • Students applying for admission to the baccalaureate program may enact the "clean slate" policy. This policy allows students to choose whether to delete ALL course work that is 10 years or older from credits counted toward the nursing degree. 
  • If students choose to enact the "clean slate" policy, they must obtain permission from the School of Nursing prior to submitting the application for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program. 

6. Selection Process for Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Applicants will be ranked by:  

  • Pre-nursing grade-point average (Pre-nursing GPA) based on the following BSU course grades or grades in course equivalents: CHEM 101, BIO 113, ANAT 201, PSYS 100, and SOC 100. (30%). Science courses including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology must have been complete with the past seven (7) years. If Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, and/or Microbiology course credit is more than 7 years old, the applicant for the nursing program will be required to retake or transfer current course credit.*
  • Pre-nursing Assessment Score. (35%)*
  • Cumulative grade-point average (Cumulative GPA) based on all undergraduate coursework attempted. (35%)* The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is based on all undergraduate coursework attempted, including ALL attempted undergraduate transfer and non-transfer hours. The only exception will be for students who choose the "clean slate" policy option described above
  • Cumulative score of pre-nursing GPA (30%) plus pre-nursing assessment (35%) plus Cumulative GPA (35%) will be used to rank all applicants from high to low and applicants will be selected on this basis to fill the designated number of spaces in the baccalaureate nursing program for that term.
  • In the event of the need to break a tie, the GPA in supporting discipline courses listed on the DegreeWorks will be used, including transfer grades. In the event of a tie, the GPA of total Ball State courses and no transfer hours will take precedence over a GPA with transfer credits. In the event the tie continues, initial grades for ANAT 201, BIO 113, and CHEM 101 will be used to complete the ranking. In the event of a tie, Ball State course grades will take precedence over transfer grades for the equivalent courses. 
  • Students selected will be required to attend an orientation meeting prior to class registration.
    All questions should be directed to the Director of the School of Nursing.

+ Students not selected on their first application may reapply. 

7. Minimum Requirements for NUR 230/231 

  • Total/Overall or cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher. 
  • Grade of C (2.00) or higher in ANAT 201, BIO 113, CHEM 101, NUR 228, PHYS 215,
     PSYS 100, SOC 100; departmental permission.
  • Selection to enter NUR 230/231 by the Baccalaureate Admission and Progression Committee.
  • NUR 230 is required to be parallel to NUR 231.
  • Withdrawal from NUR 230 will necessitate withdrawal from NUR 231 and a reapplication to the program.
  • Certified Profile Health is required BY THE SCHEDULED DATE OR THE STUDENT WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS. Students may utilize the University Health Center in order to complete the requirements. This usually takes one to two weeks, and an appointment is necessary. Students will submit health clearance via Certified Profile. The necessary health clearance requirements include a physical exam at the University Health Center, current tuberculin test or chest x-ray, and record of immunizations.
  • Hepatitis B immunizations must be started BY THE REQUIRED DATE with proof
     submitted to the School of Nursing via Certified Profile. A student who refuses must sign a waiver and be counseled by a School of Nursing administrator as to options and consequences. 
  • Signature on Informed Consent Form is required and must be submitted via Certified Profile. 
  • The student must present proof of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification at Healthcare Provider level per American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer per
    American Red Cross and must be submitted via Certified Profile BY THE SCHEDULED DATE OR THE STUDENT WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS
  • Completion of the required criminal background check with satisfactory result.

8. Progression to NUR 330 and NUR 350 includes 

a. *Grade of C (2.00) or higher in, COMM 210, EPSY 270, FCFN 340, NUR 230, &
    NUR 231; departmental permission.

The information presented here, correct at the time of publication, is subject to change.

Business Affairs Reviewed: 1.19.2012
Baccalaureate A&P Approved: 8.8.2013
*Indiana State Board of Nursing Approved: 5.16.13