Closer than You Think

If you’re an RN with an associate degree, you likely have already completed many of Ball State’s core requirements and nursing prerequisites. In fact, many of our RNs transfer in at least 30 credit hours into the program.

Our BS requires 180 clinical hours—all of which you can do in your current health care setting. With 180 hours, you get exposure to several career possibilities.

Online Courses

Taking classes online adds an element of flexibility to the program. But that doesn’t subtract from the rigor of a curriculum that integrates physical, psychosocial, and nursing science, with the fine arts and humanities, and emphasizes decision-making skills.

Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)

RN to BS Clinical Nursing Courses (20 credit hours, plus clinical hours)

  • NUR 302 Nursing Foundation and Issues (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 303 Health Assessment (3 credit hours) (45 clinical hours)
  • NUR 322 Research in Nursing (3 credit hours)
  • NUR 401 Applied Nursing Concepts (4 credit hours) (45 clinical hours)
  • NUR 404 Community Health (4 credit hours) (45 clinical hours)
  • NUR 405 Management and Leadership (3 credit hours) (45 clinical hours)

Nursing courses are offered in two separate sequences, a six-semester option and a three-semester option to fit the pace you want.

Science and Nursing Prerequisite Courses (32-33 credit hours)

You likely took several of these courses as part of your associate degree. Your advisor can tell you if they can be transferred to Ball State. You will be required to take any prerequisite courses you still need before you start your nursing core. Your advisor will help you put together a plan of study customized to your needs.


  • ANAT 201 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)
  • PHYS 215 Human Physiology (5 credit hours)
  • BIO 113 Microbiology (5 credit hours)
  • CHEM 101 or 102 Biochemistry (4 credit hours)


  • FCFN 340 Principles of Human Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • HSC 180 Principles of Community Health (3 credit hours)
  • PSYS 241 Statistics or SOC 382 Applied Social Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • EDPS 270 Life Span Development (3 credit hours)

University Core Curriculum Courses (41-42 credit hours)

Learn more about the University Core Curriculum courses. Your advisor will help determine which, if any, of these courses you need to take.

Elective Courses

You will be able to choose from a wide range of other courses to reach the 120 courses needed to earn a bachelor of science degree.

Testing and Advanced Credits 

Ball State provides you opportunities to gain college credit via exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Ball State departmental exams. Or, you may qualify for credits for military service.

For more information about these possibilities, contact the Office of Admissions.

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