Academic Programs

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs housed within the Decker School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Applied Health Sciences.

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Undergraduate Programs

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs housed within the Decker School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Applied Health Sciences.

Decker School of Nursing

  • BS in Nursing: Traditional program (first-year admission)

    Overview

    The traditional program is a four-year nursing program firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Decker directly admits an incoming first-year cohort each year. These students are considered nursing majors once they pay their enrollment deposit. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become registered professional nurses. 

    Who should apply?

    A high school graduate (recent or not) who has never been in college/university before

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  • BS in Nursing: Traditional program (transfer admission)

    Overview

    The traditional transfer nursing program is a two- or three-year program firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Decker allows transfer students to apply as incoming sophomores or juniors. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become registered professional nurse

    Who should apply?

    Students who have completed one or more years of coursework at an accredited college or university (not Binghamton), but don't have a bachelor's degree in any field or students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing but want to study at a regular (not accelerated) pace

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  • BS in Nursing: Traditional program (intra-University transfer/double-degree admission)

    Overview

    The IUT/DD nursing program is a two- or three-year program firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Decker allows current Binghamton University students to apply as incoming sophomores or juniors. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become registered professional nurses

    Who should apply?

    Current Binghamton University students who want to transfer into the Decker School of Nursing or who want to get a bachelor's degree in nursing in addition to their first major

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  • BS in Nursing: Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT) program

    Overview

    This unique and rigorous 12-month Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT) program allows students the opportunity to obtain a second bachelor's degree. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become registered professional nurses.

    Who should apply?

    Students with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing (by the time of matriculation) who want to study at an accelerated pace

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  • BS in Nursing: RN-BS program - 100% online

    Overview

    This 100% online program enables registered nurses with an associates degree in nursing or a nursing diploma to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree at their own pace. The program features six, 7-week modules each year; no mandatory login times; and three clinical courses completed in the student's own area.

    Who should apply?

    Registered nurses who have an associates degree in nursing OR a diploma in nursing

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  • Forensic Health minor

    Overview

    The forensic health minor prepares students to apply health science to legal issues. The minor is particularly well suited for students majoring in fields with forensic applications (nursing, biology, chemistry, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, public health) who are considering careers in healthcare, forensic sciences or law.

    Who can apply?

    Students in any major throughout Binghamton University with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least 45 earned credit hours.

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School of Applied Health Sciences

  • Health and Wellness Studies minor

    Overview

    The Health and Wellness Studies (HWS) minor prepares students to critically evaluate scientific literature and research related to health, wellness and disease prevention. This knowledge will be applied to effectively assess, plan, motivate and implement health-promoting behaviors and cultivate lifelong wellness to diverse populations.

    Who can apply?

    Students in any major throughout Binghamton University with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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School of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • Speech and Hearing Sciences minor

    Overview

    The Division of Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) offers an undergraduate minor in speech and hearing science, which provides students with the basis necessary to develop foundational knowledge in normal and disordered processes of speech, language and swallowing.

    Who can apply?

    Students in any major throughout Binghamton University.

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Graduate Programs

Decker School of Nursing

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MS) program

    Overview

    The Master of Science (MS) in nursing prepares bachelor-prepared nurses to pursue a career as a nurse administrator or nurse educator. 

    Specializations and functional roles available

    • Adult-Gerontology (primary care): nurse administrator or nurse educator 
    • Community Health (primary care): nurse administrator or nurse educator 

    Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences will transition its advanced practice nursing specialty programs to the DNP degree starting in fall 2024.  We’re making this change in accordance with recommendations from national nursing organizations such as the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), which has committed to move all entry-level NP education to the DNP degree by 2025. See Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) for nurse practitioner options.

    Who should apply?

    Students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing; a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; and current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York by the time of matriculation.

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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program

    Overview

    Decker College offers two options to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): the BS-DNP and the Advanced Standing DNP. Both programs prepare nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in healthcare delivery and emerging healthcare needs for the future.

    Specializations and functional roles available

    • Adult Gerontology (primary care): nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist
    • Community Health (primary care): nurse practitioner
    • Family Health: nurse practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health: nurse practitioner

    Who should apply?

    • BS-DNP: Students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing; a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; and a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York by the time of matriculation.
    • Advanced Standing DNP: Students with a master’s degree in nursing; a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; a current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York; and a current, unencumbered license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist in the U.S. by the time of matriculation.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program

    Overview

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program prepares graduates for research and active scholarship that will extend the knowledge base of nursing and improve the delivery of healthcare for rural and other vulnerable populations.

    Who should apply?

    Students with a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in nursing; a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; and current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York by the time of matriculation.

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  • Nursing Education certificate

    Overview

    This program encompasses current technological trends while preparing students for the nurse educator role to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate nursing degree levels.  

    Who should apply?

    Students with a master's degree in nursing who seek advanced preparation as a nurse educator or currently enrolled master's in nursing students who are completing the nurse educator functional role and wish to take one additional course to obtain the nursing education certificate.

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  • Forensic health certificate

    Overview

    The forensic health certificate prepares students to apply health science to legal issues. This certificate is ideal for students seeking an advanced certificate to enhance their career in healthcare, forensic sciences or the law.

    Who should apply?

    Students who have a bachelor’s degree in any field and who are interested in forensics and wish to complete a stand-alone certificate or currently matriculated Binghamton University graduate students enrolled in any program who wish to add a certificate in forensic health.

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  • Disaster management certificate

    Overview

    The disaster management certificate prepares students to develop and implement educational programs for first responders, community-based organizations, voluntary organizations and academic institutions.

    Who should apply?

    Students with a master's degree in nursing who wish to expand their knowledge base regarding disaster management or currently enrolled students in a Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences master's program (including public health) who wish to add a certificate in disaster management.

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School of Applied Health Sciences

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) program

    Overview

    The Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares graduates to prevent disease and promote health by addressing underlying environmental factors and social determinants, with the ultimate goal of achieving health equity among populations.

    Who should apply?

    Students with a bachelor’s degree in any field by the time of matriculation and either a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA, a 3.0 average GPA in the last 60 semester credits of an undergraduate degree, or a 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA.

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  • Harpur-MPH 4+1 program

    Overview

    The Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares graduates to prevent disease and promote health by addressing underlying environmental factors and social determinants, with the ultimate goal of achieving health equity among populations. The Harpur/Master of Public Health 4+1 program allows you to take undergraduate classes for your first three years. In your fourth year, you combine bachelor- and master-level courses into your schedule and graduate with your bachelor’s degree. In your fifth year, you are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on the coursework to complete your master’s degree.

    Who should apply?

    Undergraduate students pursuing a Harpur BA, BS or BFA (excludes BMus) at Binghamton University can apply to the Harpur/MPH 4+1 program.

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School of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology (MS-SLP)

    Overview

    The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) degree prepares competent and dedicated professionals to serve adults and children with communication disorders. Students in the MS-SLP program meet the highest academic, clinical and ethical standards.

    Who should apply for this program?

    Prior to enrollment, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition, all prerequisite coursework must be completed; this coursework is presented on the Speech and Hearing Science minor webpage.

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  • Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program - 100% online

    Overview

    The 100% online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program is for practicing occupational therapists who have a master’s degree and want to advance in their field by earning a clinical doctorate. The program builds on the experience occupational therapists already have, while providing the knowledge and skills they need to move beyond therapist-clinician into areas such as occupational therapy education, clinical research, clinical practice, leadership or advocacy.

    Who should apply?

    This fully online program is open to graduates from an ACOTE-accredited occupational therapy program or international applicants who have graduated from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved occupational therapy program. Applicants must hold a master’s degree.

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  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Entry-Level Professional program 

    Overview

    The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Entry-Level Professional program prepares individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to become occupational therapists at the clinical doctoral level. The program uses an evidence-based and sequenced curriculum that enables students to successfully achieve the competencies required for entry-level practice as an occupational therapy direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher or advocate.

    Who should apply?

    The OTD Entry-Level Professional program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 

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  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program

    Overview

    The three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares graduates to take the licensing examination to be able to practice as physical therapists. The curriculum combines classroom instruction, laboratory instruction/practice, online interactions, readings/homework assignments, discussions, peer-teaching, seminars and clinical experiences. This is an on-campus program.

    Who should apply?

    Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and complete prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on their undergraduate degree transcript OR a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite coursework.

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