Courses You Will Take

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.

In fact, you take the same courses as nursing students on the main campus. An advisor will work with you one-on-one to build your course of study from transfer, prerequisite, nursing, and university core courses.

Coupled with your transfer hours from your associate-degree institution, you will need at least 120 credit hours to graduate.

Here are the degree requirements:

University Core Courses (31 credit hours)
Learn more about the all-online University Core Curriculum courses.

Nursing Prerequisite Courses (39 credit hours) 
You may have taken some of these courses as part of your associate degree. If so, check with your advisor to see if they can be transferred to Ball State. You will be required to take these prerequisite courses first, 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)
  • PHYSL 215 Human Physiology (5 credit hours)
  • BIO 113 Microbiology (5 credit hours)
  • CHEM 102 Biochemistry (4 credit hours)
  • COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Communication (3 credit hours)
  • FCSFN 340 Principles of Human Nutrition (3 credit hours) 
  • HSC 180 Principles of Community Health (3 credit hours) 
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3 credit hours) 
  • PSYSC 100 General Psychology (3 credit hours) 
  • PSYSC 241 Statistics or SOC 382 Applied Social Statistics (3 credit hours) 
  • EDPSY 270 Life Span Development (3 credit hours)

Nursing Courses (20 credit hours)
Nursing courses are offered in two separate sequences, a six-semester option and a three-semester option.

Writing Proficiency Exam
You will be required to pass a writing proficiency exam before graduation. You will take this after you have accumulated 62 credit hours (or what could be considered your junior year) and after obtaining credit for ENG 103 and ENG 104.

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.

Online and Distance Education
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Muncie, IN 47306

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