Nursing, Community Health (MS, DNP, CERT)

Program Overview

Ranked the seventh best nursing school in New York state, 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 master's degree programs in nursing, doctor of nursing practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at the Decker School of Nursing, State University of New York, are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Many Decker students are full-time, registered nurses and attend classes part time.

In the Master of Science (MS) program, 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 nurses to respond more efficiently to changes in healthcare delivery and emerging healthcare 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.

Degrees Offered

  • MS in Community Health Nursing
  • DNP in Community Health Nursing
  • CERT in Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Dual Degrees Offered

  • MS in Community Health Nursing (Dual Degree with MPA in Public Administration)

Internships, research opportunities and more

The Decker School’s Innovative Simulation and Practice Center, accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, provides advanced practice graduate nursing students with regularly scheduled clinical activities to assess and manage common healthcare disorders through the use of standardized patients. Decker’s Kresge Center for Nursing Research provides PhD students with opportunities for hands-on learning during all phases of the research process under the supervision of nursing scientists.

Students in the DNP program can take advantage of a diverse and vigorous curriculum that includes courses on information technology and patient care and healthcare policy for healthcare advocacy. Under the guidance of a committee, students will complete a DNP Scholarly Project that meets the criteria of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's "Essential Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice." This project will focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care; it will include planning, implementation and evaluation components.

After You Graduate

Decker boasts high employment rates for our BS and MS graduates, with many alumni taking positions in healthcare agencies such as Albany Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital/Ascension, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, United Health Services (UHS) and University of Rochester Medical Center. Recent DNP graduates have continued at government and educational institutions.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To be eligible for the MS, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • Successfully completed a descriptive statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the United States
    • Students must take and pass the NCLEX-RN examination prior to the start of clinical courses and/or by a specified date as stipulated by the Decker School's director of graduate nursing programs
    • International students are additionally required to provide proof of a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in their home country
    • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must submit a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is required by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • At least 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

To be eligible for the DNP with a master's degree, you must have (NOTE: international students are ineligible to apply to the DNP program due to U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations):

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • Successfully completed a graduate-level statistics course within the past 5 years
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the United States
    • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must submit a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is required by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist in the United States
  • A current, national certification as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university you have attended
  • A 500-word personal statement that addresses why you are seeking advanced education in general and specifically at Binghamton University, unique aspects of your background that will contribute to the Decker School of Nursing graduate community (for example, extracurricular, work or volunteer experiences), and your goals following completion of the program
    • DNP applicants: In your statement you must address how the DNP will advance your career
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
    • DNP applicants: You must address or detail evidence of your professional productivity, scholarship or involvement in research
  • Letters of recommendation (2 for MS applicants; 3 for DNP applicants) from individuals who can comment authoritatively on your academic achievements and/or work or internship experience related to your program. Appropriate recommenders include academic references or individuals in supervisory positions; recommendations from coworkers or friends will not be accepted.
  • GRE scores are not routinely required, but may be requested based on evaluation of official transcripts
  • Nursing licensure

International students must also submit the following materials: For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. Consult with the Decker School of Nursing before submitting an application, to ensure that the desired program meets international student requirements.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

See certificate details.

Deadlines

Degree Fall Spring
MS in Community Health NursingRolling (February 15 Recommended)Rolling (October 15 Recommended)
DNP in Community Health NursingRolling (February 15 Recommended)Rolling (October 15 Recommended)
CERT in Community Health Primary Care Nurse PractitionerRolling (February 15 Recommended)Rolling (October 15 Recommended)

For more information, visit the Nursing, Community Health website.