School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Prepare for a Career in Nursing with an Indiana University Degree

Nursing is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, most in-demand professions. Nurses combine their scientific knowledge with a compassion­ate approach as they provide a range of services from caring for critically ill patients to teaching new mothers how to care for their babies.

At the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at IU East you can earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in a hands-on, cre­ative learning environment. You’ll learn crucial nursing skills in an up-to-date clinical learning laboratory using the latest technology, includ­ing SimMan, a universal patient simulator that reflects real-life clinical situations, and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to practice in a wide range of nursing specialties from acute and long-term care to public health and wellness education.


Now accepting applications for the RN-BSN Program

The application process has changed.  The application process is now completed online. Please click here, read and follow all directions provided. Be sure to check the application deadline date for session you will be applying for.

BSN Application Period Closed

For information about the application process and requirements, visit

IU School of Nursing and Health Sciences Online RN to BSN program nationally ranked in top 50 by College Choice

Richmond, Ind. — Indiana University came in seventh on a list of the top 50 online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) programs in the U.S. The 2015 rankings were compiled by College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website.

IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Karen Clark said, "The Institute of Medicine has determined that 80 percent of the nursing workforce should be prepared at the baccalaureate (BSN) level or higher in order to best meet patient needs in our ever-changing healthcare environment. Indiana University is playing a key role in helping the state of Indiana reach this goal by offering a collaborative online program. Perhaps the most important part is that nurses can earn a quality education where they work and live. College Choice’s ranking is a wonderful endorsement of our program, especially since it verifies what we hear from our students and their employers."

The IU East School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a RN to BSN Mobility option is offered to students at IU East’s Richmond campus and off-campus sites in New Castle, Madison and Lawrenceburg, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. IU East also offers a Master of Science in Nursing with three track options in family nurse practitioner, nursing education and nursing administration.

IU East joined the nursing consortium in September 2010 to provide an online option for registered nurses who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree.

According to College Choice, the rankings were based upon a variety of factors, including faculty, technology, student support, accreditation and cost, as well as the national and regional reputations of each school.

“Our aim is to offer students a ranking of the top online nursing programs they can trust to deliver excellent quality, flexibility, affordability, and results," said Sara Garbers, a website editor.

Available on eight campuses across Indiana where the school has nursing programs, the RN to BSN degree completion program offers a flexible choice for professional nurses who want to complete their bachelor’s degree while continuing to work. Many employers are taking advantage of the program to ensure that they will be able to meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for their nursing staff.

“The curriculum prepares graduates to function as practitioners in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings, and also provides a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study,” said Janet Phillips, PhD, RN, director for the RN to BSN Degree Completion Program. “The graduate of the BSN program possesses a broad knowledge of nursing, the humanities, the biological and social sciences. The graduate applies well-developed problem-solving skills in caring for individuals, families, communities and populations.”

Classes are all online with options to graduate in 12, 18 or 24 months, after general education requirements are completed. Nursing courses are delivered in condensed eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Students do not have to travel to campus for class.

The program builds on courses that students have already completed, so that previous general education may be counted towards credit.

For more information on the RN to BSN degree completion program, please visit

Background Check Requirements

Many of the clinical sites where students complete clinical experiences are now requiring verification of criminal history before students can be placed in their organizations. Based on requirements of these agencies, as well as state and federal regulations, all students must provide evidence that they have submitted to a national criminal history check. Background checks must be submitted annually between the dates of May 1 – August 1. Students are required to visit and purchase the background check service each year. Please note national criminal history checks will only be accepted from Students should keep in mind that the results of the background check must be available to the Office of the Dean no later than August 1. Therefore, background check submissions should be completed at least two weeks prior to the August 1 deadline to assure processing is complete by the required deadline.

Students should use the code ND61 when submitting for the first time, and ND61R when returning in following years.

Faculty and Students at Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau Induction 2013

Sigma Theta Tau Internationl, Alpha Chapter Induction 2013



The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (and RN to BSN mobility option) program is accredited by:

Indiana State Board of Nursing
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Indiana Government Center South
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone (317) 234-2043

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone (404) 975-5000
Fax (404) 975-5020

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by the ACEN

A site review for continuing accreditation of its baccalaureate nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) will occur on February 8th, 2017. Learn more »

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