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) through June 30, 2029. 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.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed registered nurses (RN) and 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 (BAT) 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.

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Traditional Program

Decker School of Nursing applications are reviewed for the fall semester only. 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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BAT Program

Applicants must apply using a transfer application for the fall semester of the year they intend to enroll. Prerequisites and a first bachelor’s degree may be in progress during application review but must be completed prior to the program start date (Summer Session).

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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

Transfer credit is evaluated by the Division of Advising and Academic Excellence. To be considered for transfer, coursework must be transcripted through an accredited institution.

Credit for select non-clinical upper-division core nursing coursework can be evaluated on an individual basis by the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. (see Policies and Procedures for Transfer of Upper Division Nursing Credit).

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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.

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Grading for prerequisites, General Education courses, and electives

  • Prerequisites: Prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C- prior to enrolling in upper-division nursing courses. Courses may be taken pass/fail but must be repeated to meet the minimum grade of C-.
  • General Education courses: To meet a General Education requirement, courses 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.
  • 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.

Note: Not all grading options are offered for all courses.

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Prerequisites

The term “prerequisites” refers to the following courses, which must be completed prior to enrolling in upper-division nursing courses:  

  • 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

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

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

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Incomplete Grades

A notation of Incomplete (I), rather than a grade, may be reported by the instructor when a student has made substantial progress but has not been able to complete a course due to justifiable circumstances. The issues of substantial progress, potential to pass the course and the reason for the request are decided by the instructor. 

A grade of Incomplete must be removed and replaced with a permanent grade no later than the last day of classes of the semester following the one in which it was received; however, an instructor may set an earlier date for completion of the work. If the grade is not removed by the applicable date, and an extension has not been granted, the grade of "I" automatically becomes a grade of "F".

The student is responsible for initiating a request for an extension and obtaining appropriate signatures on a Request for Extension of Incomplete Form.

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Academic Standing

A cumulative grade-point average of at least a 2.0 is required to be in good academic standing.

Warning: Academic warning occurs when a student's term GPA falls below 2.0, but the student's cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. (First-semester students who fail to achieve a 2.0 will be placed on warning.)

Probation: Academic probation occurs when a student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Probation will continue if the student's term GPA is 2.0 or higher, but his/her cumulative GPA is below 2.0.

Suspension: Academic suspension occurs when a student on academic probation fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in his/her next semester. Suspension prevents enrollment in all University courses for a period of one major semester.

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Repeating a Course

Students may repeat a general education course or elective course if they receive a withdrawn (W) or failed (F).

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Nursing prerequisites

Students must repeat a nursing prerequisite if they receive a D, F or W.

  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal in any combination of two nursing prerequisites will result in dismissal.
  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal from the same nursing prerequisite twice will result in dismissal. 
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Core nursing courses

Students must repeat a core course if they fail to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdraw.  

  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal from any combination of two core nursing courses will result in dismissal.
  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal from the same core nursing course twice will result in dismissal. 
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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 when enrolled in a clinical course.  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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Degree Requirements

A 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 in residence;
  • cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better;
  • satisfactory payment of fees and bills;

In addition, the student must:

  • not be 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

The following upper-division nursing courses are required:

  • 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 Baccalaureate 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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Sample Curriculum Plan for the Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT) Program

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

Winter Semester

Credits

NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV

4

TOTAL

4

 

Spring Semester

Credits

 

 

NURS 470. Socialization III: Professional Issues

4

NURS 471. Practice of Nursing V

8

Nursing Elective  

2

TOTAL

14         

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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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Minors in the Decker School of Nursing

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Health and Wellness Studies (HWS) Minor

See the Health and Wellness Studies section of the University Bulletin for information.

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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 to be eligible to apply for 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

2-3

NURS 335F. Medicolegal Death Investigation*

2

NURS 370. Disaster Preparedness*

3

NURS 455. Correctional Health*  

3

Total

16-17

*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