The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) is offered as a 15-month, campus-based, accelerated second degree option for the student who holds an earned baccalaureate (or higher) degree in a non-nursing discipline.
Students must first be admitted to the university before they are eligible to apply to the nursing major. Admission to the university as a nursing student is not admission into the nursing major.
Admission is very competitive. Admission requirements and criteria can be found at https://www.indstate.edu/health/accelerated-2nd-degree-track-admission-progression-retention-dismissal-graduation-policy. The average cumulative GPA for students who have been successfully admitted into the major is 3.6. Second-degree students whose cumulative GPA for the required prerequisite courses is below 2.75 are not eligible to apply to the major. The application form for formal admission to the major and instructions for additional documents and materials that are required can be found at https://www.indstate.edu/health/sites/health.indstate.edu/files/bn-2nd-degree-application-process.pdf.
This rigorous program combines theory and clinical nursing courses, required support courses, and Foundational Studies courses and electives. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for entry into practice as a registered nurse.
The nursing faculty are dedicated to providing quality experiential learning opportunities through course design, clinical experiences, and service learning projects. Residence hall accommodations include dedicated housing for student nurses.
Leadership opportunities include: the Indiana State University Student Nurses Association; Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing; and other University organizations.
The baccalaureate degree program is recognized as the basic preparation for professional nursing practice. Graduates are prepared as generalists and, after passing the NCLEX-RN, may assume beginning leadership roles. In addition, the baccalaureate degree is foundational for graduate study in nursing.
There are many and varied employment opportunities for registered nurses who have a baccalaureate degree. In hospitals and other health care settings, baccalaureate nurses are practicing in ways that recognize their educational preparation and nursing competencies.
Baccalaureate nurses have complex nursing care responsibilities in providing patient care. They supervise other personnel who provide nursing care. They also collaborate with other health care professionals in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive plans of health care for patients of all ages in a variety of settings.
In addition, the University's Nursing Program is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Nursing Program offers a variety of scholarships.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.