- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing
Ballard earned an associate degree in nursing from Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, Alabama, in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. He completed a master’s degree in nursing and his family practitioner training at UAB in 2020. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support.
At UAB, Ballard was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International and Phi Kappa Phi. He has been employed by North Mississippi Medical Center since 2008 and previously worked as a registered nurse on the Cardiovascular Step-down Unit and in Surgical Services as a cardiovascular surgery circulating nurse, scribe nurse and case manager.