If you’re looking for a straight path from your RN credential to your bachelor’s in nursing, Ball State University provides an online RN to BS degree that’s reputable, flexible, affordable, and ultimately, makes you more marketable.

You Won’t Go Online Alone

You’ll work with a team of faculty, advisors, and student services staff to guide you along your online experience. Advisors will simplify the admissions application process and work with you to map out your course plan. When you shop and compare, see how much one-on-one support you’ll get in your online classroom.

  • Our degree is reputable because we’re a national leader in nursing education. We were named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for our success in enhancing student learning and professional development.
  • Your prior credits count. You likely already have a number of transferable credits that may mean earning your bachelor’s degree is closer than you think.
  • Our program is flexible because you can attend full or part time and take classes in an asynchronous format, meaning there are no specific log-in times. You work online when it’s convenient for you to meet weekly deadlines.
  • Our online programs offer value for your investment of time and money. We encourage you to compare our tuition rates with other institutions.
  • The degree is marketable because the profession is pushing toward a professional workforce in which 80 percent of nursing staff hold a bachelor’s in nursing. Plus, the BS teaches soft skills like communication, leadership, and decision-making, skills that are highly sought by employers today.

With our online RN to BS nursing concentration, you complete your bachelor’s without setting foot on campus—and while continuing your nursing career. The only time you leave your laptop is to do your clinical hours which can be arranged with a nursing mentor-preceptor in your community.

  • We blend nursing with the liberal arts. While online education means lots of flexibility, it doesn’t diminish the rigor of a curriculum that integrates physical, psychosocial, and nursing science, with the fine arts and humanities.
  • Ball State nursing emphasizes care in community settings for women and children in need as well as other vulnerable populations.
  • We have all the accreditations you need. The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
  • You will work one on one with an academic advisor! Because your course plan will depend on the credits you transfer into the program, an advisor will help determine the prerequisites and core requirements you need.
  • You won’t go online alone. You have access to professors, advisors, student ambassadors, and technology staff. Visit the Technology HelpDesk 24/7. Our School of Nursing’s Simulation and Information Technology Center offers help specifically for nursing students.
  • We give you more options. Classes are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning there are no specific log-in times. Work online when it’s convenient for you to meet assignment deadlines on your syllabus.

Center for Excellence in Nursing Education




Designated aNational League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the nation.

CCNE accreditation

The RN to BS degree at Ball State is accredited by theCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education(CCNE).

Quality Matters Implementation Plan Seal


Granted theQuality MattersImplementation Plan designation thatensures that the online components of our courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

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Center for Nursing Excellence

QM Implementation Plan Seal

Center of Excellence in Nursing

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  • We’re a national leader in nursing education. It’s that simple. We are designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the nation.

  • We are affordable. Ball State is recognized for its quality and affordable online bachelor's degrees in nursing.

  • Online or on-campus, it’s a Ball State degree. As an online student, you earn the same nursing credential—the bachelor of science with a major in nursing—as the traditional, on-campus graduate.

  • Online education is nothing new at Ball State. Our faculty have been teaching online since 1998, and the RN to BS concentration has been offered through our distance education division since 1986.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks us No. 7. U.S. News ranks us among universities with the best online bachelor's degree programs.

  • We blend nursing with the liberal arts. While online education means lots of flexibility, it doesn’t diminish the rigor of a curriculum that integrates physical, psychosocial, and nursing science, with the fine arts and humanities, and emphasizes decision-making skills.

  • We have all the accreditations you need. The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. If you are from a state other than Indiana, we are also authorized in most other states. View our state authorization map for more information.

  • You will work one on one with an academic advisor! Because your course plan will depend on the credits you transfer into the program, an advisor will help determine the prerequisites and core requirements you need. Because we enjoy working with students, we think you’ll enjoy working with us.

  • You won’t go at it alone online. In addition to help from advisors and faculty, you’ll also have all the technology support you need. You can e-mail, call, or watch video how-to clips found at www.bsu.edu/helpdesk. Our School of Nursing’s Simulation and Information Technology Center offers help specifically for nursing students.

  • We give you options. Attend part time or full time. For nursing classes, you can choose from a six-semester option or a three-semester option. Work online to meet assignment deadlines on your syllabus.

  • We give you more options. Classes are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning there are no specific log-in times. Work online when it’s convenient for you to meet your required deadlines.

Course Requirements

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 credits 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.

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

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

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.

SCIENCE

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

NURSING

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

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

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

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.

Six-Semester Option

You are required to complete all nursing prerequisite courses first. Below is an outline of upper division nursing courses you will take. You can also view our detailed plan of study for the six-semester option, that your advisor will use to help design your course of study.

FIRST YEAR

Fall semester

  • NUR 302 Nursing Foundation and Issues (3 credits)

Spring semester 

  • NUR 322 Research in Nursing (3 credits)

Summer semester

  • NUR 405 Management and Leadership (3 credits)

SECOND YEAR

Fall semester

  • NUR 303 Health Assessment (3 credits)

Spring semester

  • NUR 401 Applied Nursing Concepts (4 credits)

Summer semester

  • NUR 404 Community Health (4 credits) 

This option requires you to take two nursing courses per semester. You are required to complete all nursing prerequisite courses first.

Fall semester 

  • NUR 302 Nursing Foundation and Issues (3 credits) 
  • NUR 303 Health Assessment (3 or 6 credits)

Spring semester 

  • NUR 322 Research in Nursing (3 credits) 
  • NUR 401 Applied Nursing Concepts (7 credits)

Summer semester 

  • NUR 405 Management and Leadership (3 credits) 
  • NUR 404 Community Health (6 credits)

How to Apply?

Our RN to BS bachelor's degree completion program has rolling admissions—which means you can apply any time.

Admission to the RB to BS is a two-step process:

  1. Apply and meet the admission requirements of Ball State University.
  2. After admission to Ball State, nursing applications are reviewed in the spring semester for fall admission to the nursing program. You must contact the School of Nursing to request admission to the nursing courses and to be reviewed. All university core requirements must be met prior to starting nursing courses. Minimum admission requirements for the RN to BS degree are:
  • Be a graduate of a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  • Provide evidence of current unencumbered state RN licensure in your state of practice.
  • Earned an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a basic nursing program or a 2.75 GPA. Or, achieve a 2.75 GPA or higher after the completion of 16 credit hours at Ball State.
  • Successfully completed all nursing prerequisites or transfer equivalents.
  • Successfully completed all university core curriculum requirements or transfer equivalents.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check (completed annually thereafter).

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester—July 1
  • Spring semester—December 1
  • Summer semester—April 1

Applications

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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