Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Decker School of Nursing

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Undergraduate Programs

The Decker School of Nursing (DSON) is registered by the New York State Education Department and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Decker School is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Decker School of Nursing undergraduate programs lead to the Bachelor of Science degree with the major in nursing. These programs prepare graduates to provide high-quality healthcare in complex environments, foster commitment to lifelong learning and the moral and ethical values of nursing, and promote social responsibility through community service.

Upon pre-licensure program completion, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed. Graduates are prepared for beginning professional practice in a variety of settings, such as hospital, community health and long-term care agencies. The programs also provide the foundation for continuing education at the graduate level.

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Program Options

The Decker School of Nursing offers two undergraduate program options: the traditional baccalaureate program and the baccalaureate accelerated track program.

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Admission

Detailed admission information, including transfer and re-enrollment guidelines, can be found in the Admissions section of the University Bulletin.


Decker School of Nursing applications are reviewed for the fall semester only (traditional program) and summer only (baccalaureate accelerated Track program). Applicants are not permitted to apply to both the traditional nursing program and the baccalaureate accelerated track program for the same year.  Traditional nursing applicants are admitted to the freshman, sophomore or junior class:

  • Students applying for the sophomore class must have one of the following combination of prerequisites completed by their intended start date:
    • Chemistry I, Chemistry II and Introductory Biology
    • Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology
  • Students applying for the junior class must have all prerequisites completed by their intended start date.
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Academic Policies

Students in the Decker School of Nursing are subject to all general regulations listed in the Academic Policies section of this publication. A complete description of all policies pertaining to undergraduate nursing students is contained in the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook

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Transfer Coursework

The University holds general articulation agreements with a significant number of community colleges within the SUNY system. Specific Decker School of Nursing transfer equivalencies can be found on the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services webpage.

 Transfer of nursing prerequisite courses for traditional junior-level nursing students:
  • Official transcript(s) for all prerequisite courses must be received and processed by Academic Advising and Student Services by the fall add/drop deadline. 
  • If official transcript(s) are not received by the deadline specified above, the student must withdraw from all nursing courses.

Transfer of nursing prerequisite courses for Baccalaureate Accelerated Track nursing students:

  • Official transcript(s) for all prerequisite courses must be received and processed by Academic Advising and Student Services by the Summer term I add/drop deadline.
  • If the official transcript(s) are not received by the deadline specified above, the student must withdraw from all nursing courses.

The Decker School of Nursing has no limit on the number of transfer credits allowed, given that coursework is completed with a grade of C- or better.

Note: Transfer of credit by exam is limited to 32 credits.

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Grading System

Grades in courses offered by the University are normally recorded as follows: A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D and F.

A grade of C– or higher in nursing courses is required for progression in the nursing curriculum. A grade of D or less in a nursing course will require repeating that course.

The grading of all coursework in the upper division nursing courses is as follows:

Letter/Score (%)
A   =      93 - 100
A-  =     90 - 92
B+ =    87 - 89
B   =     83 - 86
B-  =   80 - 82
C+ =   77 - 79
C   =   73 - 76
C-  =   70 - 72
D   =   60 - 69
F   =   < 60

A cumulative grade-point average is computed for all courses and the following values are assigned to these letter grades as follows:
Letter/GPA Value
A   = 4.0 
A– = 3.7
B+ =  3.3
B   =  3
B– =  2.7
C+ =  2.3
C   =  2
C– =  1.7
D   =  1
F   =  0

 

Grades of I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawn) and AU (Audit) may be given. These grades are not included in cumulative totals.

For all non-nursing courses, the following applies:

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General Education and Prerequisite Requirements

A. General Education: Students are encouraged to meet the General Education requirements prior to entering upper-division nursing coursework. A number of the nursing prerequisites also fulfill General Education requirements. All General Education courses that do not fulfill a prerequisite must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a D or better, unless the only grade option for the course is Pass/Fail. The General Education requirements of the University apply to all students entering the University who do not hold a baccalaureate or higher degree.

B. Prerequisites: The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C– before starting the upper-division nursing curriculum:

  • Two Composition (C or J gen ed) courses;
  • Statistics;
  • Introductory biology*
  • Anatomy and physiology I**
  • Anatomy and physiology II**
  • Microbiology**
  • Chemistry I*
  • Chemistry II**
  • Introductory psychology
  • Developmental psychology

*Denotes course that is waived if anatomy and physiology I, II, and microbiology are completed at another college or university.

**Denote prerequisite that must be completed within 10 years of enrolling in the Decker School of Nursing.

C.  General electives

Any additional credits needed to meet the 126 minimum credit hour requirement for graduation may be taken Pass/Fail. Nursing elective credit beyond the required two credits may be taken Pass/Fail at the discretion of the instructor. The grading option for all electives must be chosen by the grade option change deadline.

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Academic Warning, Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

Students in the Decker School of Nursing must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students whose end-of-semester GPA is below 2.0 or whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will receive one of the following academic actions:

1. Academic Warning

  • Occurs when the term GPA falls below a 2.0, but when the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. The purpose of the academic warning letter is to notify the student that initial academic probation will result if the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 in the next semester.
  • If a Decker School of Nursing student completes the first semester of freshman year with a GPA of less than 2.0, the student will receive an academic warning rather than being placed on initial academic probation (see 2). 

2. Initial Academic Probation

  • Occurs when a cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 at the end of the semester. The designation "Academic Probation" will be placed on the student's internal transcript. The purpose of academic probation is to serve notice to students that the quality of their work is below an acceptable level and that continuation of unsatisfactory work will result in dismissal from the University.

3. Continuing Academic Probation

  • Occurs when a student has been placed on initial academic probation in the preceding semester and the GPA of the current semester is at least 2.0 but the cumulative GPA is less than 2.0. The designation "Academic Probation" will continue to be placed on the student's internal transcript, and the student will remain on continuing academic probation until the cumulative GPA is at least 2.0.

4. Academic Suspension/Dismissal

  • Occurs when a student has been placed on academic probation and fails to achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 in the next semester. Suspension prevents enrollment in all University courses for a period of one semester, excluding Summer Session.

5. Repeating a Course

  • Students may repeat a General Education course or elective course if they receive a withdrawn (W) or failed (F).
  • Students must repeat a prerequisite if they receive a D, W or F.
    • Students who wish to repeat an equivalent prerequisite course at another college or university may do so according to the transfer credit policy.
  • Failing (with a grade of D or F) or withdrawing from any combination of two nursing prerequisites will result in dismissal from the University.
  • Failing (with a grade of D or F) or withdrawing from the same nursing prerequisite twice will result in dismissal from the University.
  • Students must repeat a required nursing course if they receive a grade of D, or F or withdraw.
  • Failing (with a grade of D or F) or withdrawing from any combination of two required nursing courses will result in dismissal from the University.
  • Failing (with a grade of D or F) or withdrawing from the same required nursing course twice will result in dismissal from the University.
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Class and Laboratory Attendance

The Decker School of Nursing adheres to University policy pertaining to attendance in class. In addition, attendance for all laboratory experiences is mandatory. Students must notify their instructors if they are unable to meet this commitment because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control. All course-related assignments must be completed as indicated in course syllabi unless prior arrangements are made with course faculty.

The Decker School of Nursing will not provide opportunities for clinical experiences for students who fail to meet the requirements/responsibilities as outlined in the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook (Policies for Student Clinical Practice).

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Clinical Laboratory Requirements

There are a number of requirements Decker School of Nursing students must fulfill prior to beginning required nursing courses as noted in the Decker School of Nursing Requirements section of the Decker School of Nursing website. 

The Decker School of Nursing will not provide opportunities for clinical experiences for students who fail to meet the requirements/responsibilities as outlined in the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook (Policies for Student Clinical Practice).

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Transportation

The University assumes no responsibility for providing transportation for travel from campus to the clinical health agencies used for student clinical experiences. Students arrange their own transportation to clinical agencies and affiliated sites. Some clinical experiences require students to travel a distance up to 150 miles from campus. There may be parking costs at some clinical agencies.

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Additional Expenses

Students in the nursing program should expect to incur costs for additional items related to clinical practice and preparation. These costs are in addition to the standard University tuition and fees. Included are fees for the Innovative Simulation and Practice Center for courses NURS 321, NURS 352, NURS 353, NURS 362, NURS 363 and NURS 471.  The simulation fee of $300 is charged only once per semester.  An additional fee for NCLEX-RN test preparation program is charged to all pre-licensure students; resources associated with the program are integrated into all coursework. The fee for NCLEX-RN preparation material is $440 total, divided over several semesters.
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Professional Ethics and Academic Honesty

Students are expected to comply with the University Rules for Student Conduct and the policies related to professional ethics and academic honesty as stated in the undergraduate student handbook.

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Academic Honors

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Dean's List

Decker School of Nursing has a Dean's List for all students who have an outstanding academic record. To qualify for inclusion in the Dean's List for that semester, students must meet the following criteria:

  • be matriculated in Decker School of Nursing;
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.5;
  • have completed at least eight credits for that semester;
  • no incomplete or missing grades are allowed on a student's transcript when being considered for Dean's List.

Dean's List is noted on the student's official transcript for each semester it is achieved.

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Graduation with Honors

Students with outstanding academic records receive college-wide honors upon graduation. To qualify, students must meet the cumulative grade-point averages specified below, have at least 48 graded Binghamton University credits, and have no Missing Grade (MG) or Incomplete (I) grades on their transcript.

Honors are awarded as follows:

3.50-3.69 GPA: cum laude
3.70-3.84 GPA: magna cum laude
3.85-4.00 GPA: summa cum laude

The appropriate graduation honors are indicated on the diploma and on the final transcript.

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Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau International, The International Honor Society of Nursing, recognizes outstanding graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and practitioners of nursing. Candidates for membership in the Zeta Iota chapter of Binghamton University must have demonstrated:

  • superior scholastic achievement;
  • academic integrity; and
  • professional leadership potential and/or marked achievement in the field of nursing.

Eligibility for membership in the Zeta Iota chapter is by invitation to students who have completed at least half of the courses in the nursing major, have a GPA of 3.0 and above and rank in the top 35 percent of their class in scholarship.

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Awards

See the Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships section of the University Bulletin.

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Honors Program

The purpose of the Decker School of Nursing's Honors Program is to recognize and foster academic excellence in highly motivated undergraduate nursing students. Honors Program experiences and seminars will provide enhanced educational experiences to prepare future leaders in professional nursing. The outcome is the completion of a major, independent scholarly project or thesis under the guidance and approval of a faculty member. Further information related to application process and coursework expectations are located in the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Programs Student Handbook.

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Degree Requirements

To Bachelor of Science degree with the major in nursing requires:

  • a minimum of 126 credit hours;
    • prerequisites
    • General Education requirements
    • required nursing courses
    • general electives
  • thirty (30) credits of residency;
  • cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better;
  • satisfactory payment of fees and bills;
  • not under any disciplinary action;
  • be duly recommended by the University faculty;
  • have been admitted to the degree by formal action by the State University Trustees.
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Major Requirements

Satisfactory completion of specific courses in the social, behavioral and natural sciences is required for admission to the first course in the nursing sequence. Refer to Prerequisites in the Grading System section for a list of the prerequisite courses all students must complete prior to beginning upper-level nursing coursework. Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors each semester before registering for nursing courses. Students are expected to complete approximately 64 credits toward the degree prior to beginning the nursing major.

In addition to the courses listed under General Requirements, the following courses are required for the upper-division major in nursing for pre-licensure students:

  • NURS 320. Socialization I: Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • NURS 321. Nursing Assessment of Clients
  • NURS 322. The Client System of Nursing
  • NURS 351. Pathophysiology I  
  • NURS 352. Practice of Nursing I
  • NURS 353. Practice of Nursing II
  • NURS 360. Socialization II: Nursing Research  
  • NURS 361. Pathophysiology II
  • NURS 362. Practice of Nursing III
  • NURS 363. Practice of Nursing IV
  • NURS 365. Pharmacology in Nursing  
  • NURS 470. Socialization III: Professional Issues
  • NURS 471. Practice of Nursing V  
  • Nursing elective
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Sample Curriculum for the Traditional Track Program

First Year/Fall Credits

C or J: Composition I

4

CHEM 101: Chemistry I

4

PSYC 111: General Psychology

4

General Education/Elective

4

TOTAL

16

First Year/Spring Credits

BIOL 113 or 118: Intro to Cell & Molecular

Biology

4

CHEM 102:  Chem II

4

PSYC 220:  Dev Psychology

4

General Education/Elective

4

TOTAL

16

Second Year/Fall Credits

BIOL 251:  Anatomy and Physiology I

4

MATH 147/MATH 148/PSYC 243:  Statistics

4

C or J:  Composition II

4

General Education/Elective

TOTAL

16

Second Year/Spring Credits

BIOL 347:  Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 319:  Pre-Health Microbiology

4

BIOL 329:  Pre-Health Microbiology Lab (Optional)

0-2

General Education/Elective

4

General Education/Elective

0-4

TOTAL

12-18

Third Year/Fall credits

NURS 320:  Socialization I: Introduction to
Professional Nursing

4

NURS 321:  Nursing Assessment of Clients

4

NURS 322:  The Client System of Nursing

4

NURS 351:  Pathophysiology I

2

Nursing Elective

2-4

TOTAL

16-18

Third Year/Spring Credits

NURS 352:  Practice of Nursing I

4

NURS 353:  Practice of Nursing II

4

NURS 361:  Pathophysiology II

4

General Education/Elective

0-4

TOTAL

12-16

Fourth Year/Fall Credits

NURS 360:  Socialization II: Nursing Research

2

NURS 362:  Practice of Nursing III

4

NURS 363:  Practice of Nursing IV

4

NURS 365:  Pharmacology in Nursing

2

General Education/Elective

0-4

TOTAL

12-16

Fourth Year/Spring Credits

NURS 470:  Socialization III: Professional Issues

4

NURS 471:  Practice of Nursing V

8

TOTAL

12

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Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT) Nursing Program for Candidates with Degrees in Other Fields

The Accelerated Baccalaureate in Nursing program is a 12-month, four-semester program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. Applicants to the program are expected to have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in another field and to have a desire to make a career change to professional nursing. They must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the prior degree and in prerequisite courses to be considered for the program.

Students selecting this option complete all required courses in the nursing major in a sequence that provides accelerated progression to achieve the undergraduate program objectives. This selective program option is designed for the mature, highly motivated student.

BAT Curriculum Plan (One Calendar Year)

Summer Session Term I (May - July) Credits

NURS 320:  Socialization I: Introduction to

Professional Nursing

4

NURS 351:  Pathophysiology I

2
Summer Session Term II (July - August)  

NURS 360:  Socialization II:  Nursing Research

2

NURS 361:  Pathophysiology II

4

Summer Session Term III (May - August)  

NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients (continued) July-August)

4

Total 16

Fall Semester Credits

NURS 322:  The Client System of Nursing

4

NURS 352:  Practice of Nursing I  (1/2 semester course)

4

NURS 353:  Practice of Nursing II (1/2 semester course)

4

NURS 362:  Practice of Nursing III (1/2 semester course)

4

NURS 365:  Pharmacology in Nursing

2

TOTAL

18

Spring Semester Credits

NURS 363:  Practice of Nursing IV (Alternate start date -

winter term; 1/2 semester course)

4

NURS 470. Socialization III: Professional Issues

4

NURS 471. Practice of Nursing V

8

Nursing Elective  

2

TOTAL

18            

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Community Agencies for Clinical Practice

The nursing curriculum places its focus on knowledge and theory drawn from health science and the related disciplines. Students apply this knowledge and theory in a number of clinical settings, giving them an opportunity to develop skill in clinical practice, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership. The Decker School of Nursing places students in agencies locally and throughout New York state and Pennsylvania. Included among nearly 400 clinical affiliations are the following:

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Listing of Hospital and Clinical Affiliations

  • Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y.
  • Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, N.Y.
  • Binghamton City Schools, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Binghamton General Hospital, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Broome County Health Department, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Community General Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Delaware County Public Nursing Service, Delhi, N.Y.
  • Elizabeth Church Manor, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Good Shepherd Fairview Home, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Greater Binghamton Health Center, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Guthrie Healthcare, Sayre, P.A.
  • Ideal Senior Living Center, Endicott, N.Y.
  • Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Lourdes At Home, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, N.Y.
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Susquehanna Nursing Center, Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Tioga County Health Department, Owego, N.Y.
  • Twin Tier Home Health, Vestal, N.Y.
  • United Health Services, Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center, Johnson City, N.Y.
  • United Medical Associates, Johnson City, N.Y.
  • University Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Vestal Park Nursing Center, Vestal, N.Y.
  • Willow Point Nursing Home, Vestal, N.Y.
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Forensic Health Minor

The Forensic Health Minor enhances the knowledge of students who are planning for careers in which they may have victims and/or perpetrators of violence and crime in their client population. The minor consists of 16 credits of core courses, and two adjunct courses (8 credits). The total number of credits required for the minor is twenty-four (24).

Requirements:

A minimum GPA of 3.0

Students must complete at least 60 college credits before declaring the minor.

Successful completion of 16 credit hours from the following Core Courses:

Course

Credits

NURS 335. Forensic Health Essentials

2

NURS 335B. Forensic Health of Victims

2

NURS 335C. Forensic Health of Offenders

2

NURS 335D. Forensic Pediatrics*

2

NURS 337 Forensic Health: Sexual Offending and Victimization

2

NURS 335F. Medicolegal Death Investigation*

2

NURS 370. Disaster Preparedness*

3

NURS 455. Correctional Health*  

3

Total

16

*Nursing Honors Program may be substituted as an alternative for NURS 335D, N335F, N370 or N455, if focused on a topic integral to forensic health and with approval of the Forensic Health Program coordinator.

Successful completion of two of the following adjunct courses for total of 8 credits (no more than two may count toward minor):

Course

Credits

PSYC 111. Introduction to Psychology

4

PSYC 220. Developmental Psychology

4

PSYC 330. Drugs & Behavior

4

HDEV 200. Introduction to Human Development

4

HDEV 400. Social Justice

4

HWS 340. Substance Abuse in Contemporary Society

4

Total

8