Undergraduate Course Catalog

Nursing

L. Siktberg, Director  

Nursing programs are designed to prepare students for careers as professional nurses. Admission to these programs is competitive. Assessments must be completed by all majors in nursing.

General Information

  • Admission to Ball State University does not guarantee admission to the baccalaureate nursing program (Bachelor of Science degree with nursing major) in the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing designates the number of students admitted to the baccalaureate nursing program on a term-by-term basis.
  • 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.  
  • Criminal background checks are required when admitted to the baccalaureate nursing program and annually thereafter; and students must complete a Semesterly Disclosure of Criminal Background Form. 
  • Verification of the absence of exclusion from participation in any federal or state program, including Medicare and Medicaid on all nursing students.
  • School of Nursing requires the student to sign an informed consent form related to risks and safeguards inherent in the study of clinical nursing, maintain CPR and health requirements, and meets other school and agency requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General Applicant Pool
Satisfactory completion of the nursing prerequisites and fulfillment of minimum requirements do not guarantee admission to the baccalaureate nursing major.

Admission Minimum Requirements

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher based upon a minimum 30 semester hours completed, based on all undergraduate course work attempted, including nontransfer/transfer credit hours. 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.
  • 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.

Admission to the baccalaureate program is competitive. 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 within 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 course work attempted, including nontransfer/transfer credit hours. (35%)

For other requirements and admission information contact the School of Nursing.

All applicants must meet the minimal requirements of the general applicant pool.

Degree in 3 Concentration – Students admitted to the university as matriculating freshmen, will sign a Degree in 3 contract during freshman orientation. 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.

Partners in Nursing Education (PNE) - Students in the PNE Concentration must meet all admission criteria and be approved by the Department of Military Science.

LPN to BS Concentration - Students who are licensed practical nurses (LPNs), with unencumbered Indiana license, 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 19-month plan of study set up for them (fall admissions only). Second Baccalaureate Degree applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

RN to BS Concentration (for students who are currently RNs)
Minimum Requirements (registered nurse concentration)

  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse.
  • Graduation from an accredited National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)/Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) school.

Exception to this criterion:
Grade-point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale in basic nursing program or achieve a 2.75 grade-point average or better after the completion of 16 credit hours at Ball State University.

For other requirements and admission information, contact the School of Nursing.

Progression Policy

  • A grade of C (2.0) or higher must be earned in all nursing courses.
  • Repetition of a required clinical nursing course will be permitted one time and for only one course if the course was not successfully completed.
  • A student who has a SECOND clinical course failure shall not be eligible to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing from Ball State University, and the student is encouraged to make an appointment with the Director of the School of Nursing.

An exit assessment must be completed by all majors in the school.


MAJOR IN NURSING (BS), 86-89 hours

PREFIX

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SHORT TITLE 

CR HRS

C (2.0) or better grade required in: ANAT 201; BIO 113;
CHEM 101; COMM 210; EDPS 270; FCFN 340; HSC 180; 
PHYS 215; PSYS 100; SOC 100.

Support Courses

ANAT  
BIO
CHEM
COMM
EDPS
FCFN
HSC   
PHYS 
PSYS
SOC
 

PSYS 

NUR

201
113
101
210
270
340
180
215
100
100
382 
or
241 
or
314

Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
Microbiology for Health Sci
Gen, Org, Biochem/Hlth Sci
Fundamentals of Public Comm
Lifespan Development
Prin of Human Nutrition
Principles of Community Health
Human Physiology
Intro to Psychological Science
Principles of Sociology
Applied Social Statistics (3)

Statistics (3)

Nursing Statistics (3)

3
5
5
3
3
3
3
5
3
3




3

     

39 hrs 

Regular concentration

NUR

  
   
   








228
230
231
322
330
340
350
370
402
404
406
423
425
430

Introduction to Nursing
Hlth Apprais Across Lifspn
Fundamental Nursing Skills  
Research in Nursing
Adlt Hlth 1: Nrs Care/Ad Life
Adlt Hlth 2: Nrs Care/Ad Life
Psych-Mentl Hlth Nurs
Pediatrics
Adult Health 3
Community Health
Nurs/Childbrng Fams
Seminar: Transition to Pract
Leadership and Management
Adult Health 4

3
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
2
4
4

     

50 hrs

Registered nurse concentration

NUR 




302
303
322
401
404
405

Nurs Founds & Issues
Health Assessment
Research in Nursing
Applied Nursing Concepts
Community Health
Management and Leadership

3
3
3
4
4
3

Transfer and/or authorized departmental credit

27



47 hrs

NURSING (NUR)

101 Terminology for Health Care Professionals and Consumers (2)
Vocabulary used in nursing and related health fields. Includes terms related to diagnostic tests and pharmacology. Implications for use in communication and education of health care consumers. Core Transfer Library: Professional/Occupational (IPO 1820)

102 Diabetes Education for Health Care Consumers (2)
Describes the types of diabetes, causes, complications, and management modalities for health care consumers.

103 Health Behavior: Cultural Variations (3)
Examines culturally based health beliefs and values, preventive and therapeutic health practices and caring behaviors in diverse cultural and ethnic groups in the United States. Classroom and experiential activities address cultural assessment, awareness, and competence.

201 Complementary and Alternative Health Modalities (2)
Focuses on an introduction to complementary and alternative modalities through essential concepts of holistic healing including the philosophical basis and information about various healing modalities for society at large.

228 Introduction to Nursing (3)
Introduces professional nursing concepts including caring, role development as care provider, critical thinking and the nursing process, communication, legal and ethical issues, culture and human diversity, health care systems, information and technology in health care.         
    Prerequisite: ANAT 201; BIO 113; CHEM 101; PSYS 100; SOC 100; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Prerequisite or parallel: PHYS 215.         
    Open only to prenursing students.  

230 Health Appraisal Across the Lifespan (3)
Begins application of nursing process and professional role development using a holistic approach with emphasis on assessment. Focuses on psychomotor skills, data collection and interpretation, communication, and interviewing skills, and beginning health promotion activities with clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: ANAT 201; BIO 113; CHEM 101; NUR 228; PSYS 100; PHYS 215; SOC 100; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Open only to nursing students.  

231 Fundamental Nursing Skills (3)
Introduces scope of professional role development by focusing on selected psychomotor skills in the nursing care of clients in a variety of settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: ANAT 201; BIO 113; CHEM 101; NUR 228; PHYS 215; PSYS 100; SOC 100; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Prerequisite or parallel: NUR 230.                 
    Open only to nursing students.

234 LPN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing (5)
Enhances application of nursing process using a holistic approach emphasizing assessment. Integrates previous knowledge and skills in building psychomotor skills, data collection and interpretation, and communication and interviewing skills with clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Additional fees may apply.
    Prerequisite: ANAT 201; BIO 113; CHEM 101; PHYS 215; PSYS 100; SOC 100; departmental permission.
    Open only to LPN students entering baccalaureate nursing program.

299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (1-6)
Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles to be announced before each semester.
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

300 Environmental Contexts in Health Care (3)
Multidimensional aspects of health based on ecological, economic, and ethical issues. Environment related to internal and external dimensions (psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, physical) of health. Environment and health care in individual, family, and community at local, national, and international levels.
    Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or departmental permission; completion of all other courses in minor (other than SUST 400).
    Open only to minors in environmentally sustainable practices or permission of instructor.

301 Sexual Health: Significance for Nursing (2)
Information about nursing assessments and interventions that will help clients and families cope with sexual problems related to a variety of stressors.         
    Prerequisite: ANAT 201; BIO 113; CHEM 101; NUR 228; PHYS 215; PSYS 100; SOC 100; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Prerequisite or parallel: NUR 230.                 
    Open only to nursing students.

302 Nursing Foundations and Issues (3)
Examines the role of the professional nurse: provider of care, designer/ manager/coordinator of care, and member of profession. Expands knowledge of nursing as related to information/health care technologies, ethics, global health care, health care systems, policy, research, human diversity, and theory.         
    Prerequisite: ANAT 201; BIO 113; CHEM 101; COMM 210; EDPS 250, 355; FCFN 340; PHYS 215; SOC 100; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Open only to nursing majors with RN licenses.  

303 Health Assessment (3)
Enhances skills in performing total health assessment of diverse clients across the lifespan. Learning experiences include selected case studies and performance of health assessments in a variety of health care settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite or parallel: NUR 302 with a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.                 
    Open only to nursing majors with RN licenses.

304 Health Policy: Issues and Impact (3)
Examines current health policy issues: history, contest, and stakeholders. Applies World Health Organization primary health care principles. Reviews decision-making processes. Includes health care delivery and reform issues.

307 Gerontological Nursing (3)
Introduces nursing approaches aimed at managing unique needs of the elderly with best care practices. Normal and pathological changes, common disease processes, cultural diversity, psychological function, nutrition, pain, pharmacology, abuse, dying, legal and ethical concerns are among topics included.         
    Prerequisite: NUR 230 with a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.                 
    Open only to nursing students and registered nurses.

314 Nursing Statistics (3)
Focus is on understanding the basic statistical analysis methods, their application, computation, and interpretations. Linking statistical analysis procedures to research will be emphasized. Learn how and why to select specific statistical methods and then interpret the results. 
    Prerequisite: departmental permission.
    Open only to baccalaureate nursing students and registered nurses.

320 Pharmacotherapeutics (2)
Applies the problem-solving process to the nurse’s role in administering medication using nursing knowledge from previous science and nursing courses.
    Prerequisite: NUR 230.

322 Research in Nursing (3)
Develops skills to be a consumer of nursing research. Applies research findings for improved nursing practice, and explores ethical aspects of research. Provides a foundation for graduate research.         
    Prerequisite: NUR 230, 231 (NUR 302 for RNs only); all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: PSYS 241 or SOC 382 or NUR 314.         
    Open only to nursing students and registered nurses.  

330 Adult Health 1: Nursing Care Across the Adult Lifespan (4)
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with acute/chronic/disabling conditions across the lifespan. Includes emphasis on critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professional role development. Learning experiences occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and community settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: COMM 210; EDPS 270; FCFN 340; HSC 180; NUR 230, 231; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 350; PSYS 241 or SOC 382 or NUR 314.         
    Open only to nursing students.  

340 Adult Health 2: Nursing Care Across the Adult Lifespan (4)
Focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with acute/chronic/disabling conditions across the lifespan. Includes emphasis on critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professional role development. Learning experiences occur in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and community settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 330, 350; statistics; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 322, 370.         
    Open only to nursing students.  

350 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (4)
Focuses on the role development of the professional nurse who provides care to clients experiencing behavioral and psychological problems in a variety of psychiatric settings. Emphasizes health promotion, holistic assessment, therapeutic communication, environmental (milieu) management and psychiatric illness management. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: COMM 210; EDPS 270; FCFN 340; HSC 180; NUR 230, 231; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 330; PSYS 241 or SOC 382 or NUR 314.                 
    Open only to nursing students.

351 Operating Room Nursing (2)
Concepts and theories of the professional nurse’s role in the operating room setting. Provides selected experiences for application to clinical nursing. Additional fees may apply.
    Prerequisite: NUR 330.

352 Oncology Nursing (2)
Provides knowledge about cancer pathology, prevention, advances in therapy, cancer research, and skills needed to care for cancer clients. Reviews computer and video technologies used in client care. Discusses psychosocial concepts related to care of clients and caregivers.
    Prerequisite: NUR 340; departmental permission.

370 Pediatrics (4)
Applies professional role as provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care with families and the pediatric population in a variety of settings. Applies strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with diverse populations. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 330, 350; statistics; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 322, 340.                 
    Open only to nursing students.

375 Economic Issues of Nursing (2)
Introduces basic concepts of economics in relation to nursing practice. Content will include the current and future economic issues facing the health care industry, especially those affecting nursing practice.

401 Applied Nursing Concepts (4)
Synthesizes professional role with individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing acute, chronic, disabling, and multisystem crisis in a variety of settings. Synthesizes concepts of illness and disease management, health promotion, information and health care technologies, policies, theory, ethics, human diversity, and research. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 302, 303; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Open only to registered nurses.  

402 Adult Health 3 (4)
Expands focus on health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with acute/chronic/disabling conditions across the lifespan. Includes emphasis on critical thinking, communication, diversity, and further professional role development. Learning experiences in classroom, laboratory, hospital, and community settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 322, 340, 370; statistics; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 404, 406.         
    Open only to nursing students.  

404 Community Health (4)
Applies nursing process with individuals, families, and aggregates across the lifespan in various community settings. Uses concepts of public health, nursing, health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, epidemiology, information/health care technologies, human diversity, research, and health care systems/policies emphasizing collaborative practice and use of community resources. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: HSC 180; NUR 322, 340, 370; PSYS 241 or SOC 382; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 402, 406.         
    Open only to nursing students and registered nurses.  

405 Management and Leadership (3)
Evaluates the professional nurse's role as a care designer, coordinator and manager. Emphasizes traditional management functions such as planning, organizing, staffing, directing, collaborating, delegating, and evaluating. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 302 with a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Open only to registered nurses.  

406 Nursing of Childbearing Families (4)
Applies professional role as provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care with women and childbearing families in a variety of settings. Applies strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention with diverse childbearing families. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 322, 340, 370; PSYS 241 or SOC 382 or NUR 314; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 402, 404.         
    Open only to nursing students.  

423 Seminar: Transition to Practice (2)
Examines trends in nursing and health care: historical, legal, political, and ethical perspectives. Includes assessments and practice opportunities for NCLEX-RN. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 402, 404, 406; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 425, 430.         
    Open only to nursing students.  

425 Leadership and Management (4)
Applies leadership and management principles to nursing and health care systems. Emphasizes communication, negotiation, delegation, coordination, and evaluation skills. Outcome-based practice and interdisciplinary teamwork are utilized in diverse clinical settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 402, 404, 406; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 423, 430.         
    Open only to nursing students.

426 Health Assessment (2)
Enhancement of skills in performing total physical assessment with clients of diverse ages. Learning experiences include lecture, demonstration, and practice in clinical laboratory.
    Prerequisite: departmental permission.

430 Adult Health 4 (4)
Synthesizes concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and nursing care of adults with multisystem crises. Emphasizes critical thinking, communication, diversity, and professional role development in a variety of settings. Additional fees may apply.        
    Prerequisite: NUR 402, 404, 406; all of these courses must have a grade of C or better; permission of the director of the school.         
    Parallel: NUR 423, 425.                 
    Open only to nursing students.

456 Issues in Health, Illness and Aging (3)
Focuses on issues in health as a multidimensional experience for older adults. Includes the topics illness management, ethical decision making, health care delivery systems, wellness, disease prevention, family caregiving, economic perspectives, and cultural concerns. Emphasizes application of information by consumers and health care professionals, specifically nurses.
    Open to
all students.

499 Independent Study (1-4)
Designed for students who want to pursue independent study in nursing under the direction of a faculty advisor.
    Prerequisite: departmental permission.
    A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned.

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