Decker School of Nursing
Since its establishment in 1969, the Decker School of Nursing has earned an enviable reputation among baccalaureate, masters' and doctoral nursing programs in the State of New York, the nation and other countries. The Decker School offers students the highest quality academic preparation for professional nursing.
The undergraduate program prepares graduates for generalist practice at the baccalaureate level through program options leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Baccalaureate graduates are prepared to apply theory and research from physical, behavioral, and nursing science to the practice of nursing in health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention and management across the life span.
The Decker School prides itself on both the quality and the quantity of its clinical practice experiences that are seen as the foundation for graduates' success in professional practice. Prior to graduating, students complete hundreds of hours of off-site clinical rotation experiences in acute care and community settings as part of course work. Furthermore, the Decker School also houses an Innovative Practice Center. The laboratory space and equipment significantly expanded in 2005 with a $500,000 gift from the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation. The center is the home to a family of human patient simulators including five Vital Sims, two Sim Men and one Sim Baby. The Center has become an integral component of the education each student experiences at the Decker School of Nursing.
The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 19, 2019. Upon completion of the undergraduate baccalaureate program, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN professional licensure examination.