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The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. The Decker School of Nursing graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 19, 2019.

In the Master of Science program (MS), students select one of four functional roles to pursue as a clinical nurse specialist, administrator, educator or nurse practitioner. Dual roles are also available for additional credit.

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for evidence-based practice, and will incorporate the advanced practice content currently included in the master's program.

Recent Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate placements include: Nurse Practitioner for New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Nurse Practitioner for Vestal Medical Associates, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center. Furthermore, our graduates pioneer in research, development, and new initiatives, such as one of our 2012 graduates who initiated an independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice, Blue Ridge Medical Center.

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Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission

MS

Extended through March 15 for full consideration; later applications considered if space available October 15, later if space available
DNP Extended through March 15 for full consideration; later applications considered if space available October 15, later if space available

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for DNP applicants)
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
    • DNP applicants should specifically address how the DNP will advance their career. See below.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
    • DNP applicants should specifically address or detail evidence of the applicant's professional productivity, scholarship or involvement in research
  • Official GRE scores
  • Nursing licensure 

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
  • In accordance with 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G): "F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on-line or through distance education and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes. If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study, it cannot be taken through online/distance education."

    • Therefore, international students in F-1 or J-1 status are not able to participate in any of the DNP programs or the MS degree with the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing specialization. Too many of the courses in these programs are offered as online/distance courses.
    • Students who fit this profile, however, can participate in the MS degree with one of the other specializations, including Family Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing, and Adult-Gerontological Health Nursing.
    • This does not affect students' ability to earn the Nursing PhD.

Depending on your desired program, you must also meet the following requirements:

MS

  • Undergraduate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
  • Previous, successful completion of a course in descriptive statistics
  • Computer literacy skills
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
  • One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)
  • Note: all applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

DNP

  • Students holding an undergraduate degree:
    • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
    • Successful completion of a descriptive statistics course
    • An interview with the Program Director or member of the DNP admissions committee
    • At least one year of full-time employment as an RN is recommended
  • Students holding a master's degree:
    • Bachelor's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
    • Master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
    • Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course (within the past five years)
    • Current national certification as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist
  • All DNP applicants:
    • Computer literacy skills
    • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement (500-1000 words) that specifically addresses how the DNP will enhance your career
    • The C.V. should specifically address or detail evidence of the applicant's professional productivity, scholarship or involvement in research

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Contact

Jennie Orton, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Programs
jorton@binghamton.edu
607-777-4614

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Last Updated: 2/16/15