Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Ball State University is a post-master's degree program for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives. Students are prepared to assume leadership positions in nursing practice through a curriculum focused on scholarly practice that includes translation of research in practice, evaluation of practice, and improvement in health care and outcomes at individual and population levels.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

    Requirements

    • Be an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife).
    • Have graduated from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) now referred to as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited master's program in nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
    • Have completed a graduate-level statistics course and nursing research course.
    • Have completed a graduate-level health assessment course.
    • Have an unencumbered license as a RN in your state of practice.
    • Have recent clinical nursing experience.
    • Meet all health clearance, criminal background checks, and other requirements for clinical practice.

    School Overview

    Ball State University originated as a teacher’s college in Muncie, Indiana, in the early twentieth century. by the 1960s, the college began to expand increasing enrollment and degree programs. By 1965, Indiana’s general assembly awarded the college university status. Today, Ball State awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. For adult learners and students requiring added flexibility, Ball State University offers online degree and certificate programs. A wide range of online graduate programs extends from certificates and specialist degrees to Master’s and Doctorate programs.

    Ball State offers various delivery methods of instruction to best accommodate the different lifestyles of learners. Students can choose the traditional on-campus class format or attend classes at off-campus locations in Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana. In addition, online classes are delivered in two formats: Asynchronous courses engage students via email, discussion boards, file sharing, chats, Web page posting, and sometimes by phone; web conferencing via streamed video requires attendance at designated times.

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