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:
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.
In order to apply, students must have met the prerequisite course requirements. Students must be ranked as a sophomore and will be ranked by:
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).
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 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 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
II. School of Nursing Application Process
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.
6. Selection Process for Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Applicants will be ranked by:
+ Students not selected on their first application may reapply.
7. Minimum Requirements for NUR 230/231
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
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