Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT) Program
NOTE: Licensed RNs with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing will want to access the RN Program and RN Accelerated Program information. For general transfer information, see the Transfer Program.
Applicants are required to hold a bachelor's or graduate degree in another field. Consideration for admission is given to applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 average in the following prerequisite courses:
These prerequisite courses** consist of:
- two composition courses
- two semesters of human anatomy and physiology*
- two semesters in general chemistry* (including principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry)
- introductory psychology
- developmental psychology
*The Decker School of Nursing may require comprehensive examinations in prerequisites or a repeat of coursework if taken more than 10 years ago.
**All courses must be taken for at least three credits. It is expected that anatomy, chemistry, microbiology, and physiology include a laboratory component.
Candidates may wish to contact the Decker School with questions about transfer courses. Any required prerequisites may be taken at accredited colleges and universities or at Binghamton and must be completed prior to beginning the program.
Potential for success in the program is assessed based on prior academic achievement, personal statement, resume, references, ability to study full time for one calendar year, and evidence of prior work or volunteer experience that enhances knowledge of current nursing practice (preferred but not essential).
In order to meet the Bachelor of Science degree requirements, students with a baccalaureate or graduate degree in another field complete all upper-division course requirements in the nursing major in addition to the prerequisites. Students are admitted with junior standing and complete 52 credits of required nursing courses at the university. The total number of credits for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing is 128.
NOTE: A two year non-accelerated program plan for students with a baccalaureate or graduate degree in another field consisting of 52 credits of nursing course work is also available.
Application and Admission Process
Application Deadline: Applications and supporting materials for the next academic year are due by November 15th. It is important to apply by the application deadline. Late applications can be submitted, but will be reviewed based on space availability in the program at the time of application. Admission to the program is competitive as space is limited.
Application Review and Notification Timeline: Most admission decisions are made during January and February. Therefore, it is important that you submit all of your supporting application materials by the November 15th deadline.
Enrollment Deposit Deadline: Admitted students must submit their enrollment deposit by April 1st, or within 20 days of the date printed on their admission letter, whichever is later.
1. Complete and submit a transfer application online. You may submit the "SUNY" or the "Common" application.
2. For SUNY application applicants ONLY: Complete your Supplemental Application Form Online:
a) Log on to BU Brain
b) Scroll to the bottom of the home
c) Click on and complete the online undergraduate supplemental application form (SAF)
3. As directed with the application instructions, have official transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions Binghamton University.
In addition, please submit the following materials directly to the Decker School of Nursing at the address provided below:
1. Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one character or professional reference)
2. Resume of work and educational experience
3. List of in progress coursework
Mail the 3 items listed above to:
Decker School of Nursing
ATTN: Student Services
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
For information on financial aid, please see Binghamton University's Financial Aid web site.
Currently enrolled nursing students may be eligible for special aid programs including loans and local grants. The Decker School of Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships with specific eligibility criteria, including merit and/or residency requirements. The application deadline for these scholarships is March 1. Admitted students may obtain applications directly from the Decker School.
For more information about standard tuition and fees, see Binghamton University's Student Account Homepage.
Click here to see costs associated with program enrollment that students incur beyond University tuition and fees. NOTE: The figures itemized on the attached are estimated costs and are typically less than portrayed based on variations in the students' actual cost to purchase insurance coverage, textbooks, medical supplies, their distance traveled to clinical sites, etc.