Application Deadlines

The School of Nursing is currently accepting applications for the Post-Master’s Certificate only for the fall semester.
  • Fall 2018: Dec. 9, 2017 through Feb. 9, 2018.
Check back here for updates.

Required Reading

The post-master’s certificate program offered by the School of Nursing is:

  • currently only available to Indiana residents and all clinicals must be completed in the state of Indiana
  • not eligible for federal aid

The post-master’s certificate for the Family Nurse Practitioner option has limited space and is highly competitive.

Preference will be given to applicants who graduated from Ball State's nursing master’s program. However, graduation from Ball State does not guarantee admission.

Admission Requirements

You must first meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.

You must also:

  • Have graduated from a nursing master’s program in nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), now referred to as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Have a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state of Indiana.
  • Attend a one day, on-campus orientation if admitted.

How to Apply

You must complete two applications. Both applications have supplemental materials that must be submitted before the application will be reviewed. Submitting an application does not guarantee admittance into any program. Applications to both the Graduate School and the School of Nursing are good for only one semester; therefore both applications must be for the same semester and year.

Step 1: Apply to the Graduate School

The Graduate School application is submitted electronically. An official transcript from each college or university attended must be submitted directly from your higher education institution(s). If you are a Ball State graduate, you do not need to request your Ball State transcripts since these will be on file. Transcripts are to be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Please note that transcripts should not be sent to the School of Nursing. Submitting transcripts to any other office than the Graduate School will delay your application process.

If you have taken or are currently enrolled in graduate level courses, you will need to submit official transcripts from those institutions as well.

Submitting the Graduate School application and supplemental materials early is strongly recommended, as the Graduate School has a review and clearing process for each application that must be completed by the School of Nursing application deadline. Meeting the requirements of the Graduate School does not guarantee admission into the School of Nursing. You must complete the application process and be cleared for graduate studies by the School of Nursing application cycle deadline for which you are applying. If you are cleared by the Graduate School after the nursing application cycle has ended, you will not be considered for that application cycle.

Step 2: Apply to the School of Nursing

The post-master’s certificate application (this link will no longer work after 5pm on February 9th, 2018) will be available during the application cycles (see top of this page) and is submitted electronically. The application will be posted online on the first day of the application cycle after the start of the business day (Eastern time). If your application has been successfully submitted, you should receive an e-mail copy of the completed application.

Supplemental Materials

Information about required supplemental materials for the School of Nursing can be found in the application packet. Additional information about the program, admission and clinical requirements, and what to expect from an online program can be found in the Post-Master’s Certificate Information Packet.

School of Nursing - Post-Master's Certificate Application