College of Applied Sciences and Technology

Health & Wellness

  • Nursing students continue a tradition of outstanding performance on licensing examinations, including a nearly 100 percent pass rate.
  • Our School of Nursing was named a 2013-2017 National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the country. In the category of Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development, Ball State was among Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Saint Xavier in Chicago, and other schools. 
  • In 2013, two Ball State online nursing programs were nationally ranked as "Best Buys" by the consumer advocacy group GetEducated.com. The RN to BS was 10th, and the master's in nursing was sixth.
  • Graduate nursing programs were ranked 24th in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” ranked our graduate nursing programs No. 4.
  • Ball State is one of the few universities

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    offering programs in gerontology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • The Human Performance Lab is internationally renowned for studying exercise and its effects on human physiology. The center's researchers are working with NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts to study the effects of long space missions on muscle tissue.
  • The Digital Imaging Center in the Department of Physiology and Health Science contains a confocal microscope—the only one of its kind in the region–and transmission electron microscopes, providing students and researchers with the capability to understand mechanisms of cell function not previously understood.
  • The School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science offers one of the few aquatics majors in the country.
  • Many sport administration majors intern with professional sport teams or state and national governing organizations.

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Our interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, which less than one-third of interior design programs have.
  • In 2007, Ball State's Child Study Center was among the first 100 programs in the nation to become accredited under new stricter guidelines by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Read more about the program adopting stronger professional standards for early childhood programs.
  • Our Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2007 earned a 10-year accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. About 20 percent of all college and university family and consumer science programs are able to earn the distinction.
  • Allegre, Ball State's popular student-operated restaurant, gives students an opportunity to learn everything from food preparation and presentation to restaurant management.
  • Ball State students in the residential property management (RPM) program have consistently achieved 100 percent pass rate on two national certification exams. Ball State is the only university that offers students—typically sophomores and juniors—the opportunity to earn the National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)  designation. Ball State's RPM program, one of only four such programs in the country, is approved by the National Apartment Association.