Decker School of Nursing

The Decker School of Nursing is now one of three schools within Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, along with the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Applied Health Sciences.

Learn about Decker College 

A message from the dean

Dear Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff of the Decker School of Nursing:

Registered nurse and attorney Rawsi Williams once said, “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.”

The crisis facing our nation is unprecedented. It strikes us at every level of our being, from concern for our personal health and the health of our loved ones, to anxiety and fear of the unknown, and — possibly most difficult for nurses — to the inability to effectively treat and heal those in our care.

Despite all of this, you report to work and you do what nobody else can do. You put aside your fears, you sacrifice time with your loved ones and you serve as the companion — the face of kindness and the face of hope to many. For this, it is with the greatest appreciation, gratitude and pride that I compose this message.

As a school, we exhibit pride for each of you and all that you are sacrificing for our communities; admiration for your willingness to put others before yourselves; and support by donating personal protective equipment, educating the next generation of exceptional nurses to support you and holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

As your dean, I am proud every day for all that the Decker School of Nursing has achieved over its 50 years. On behalf of Decker's administration, I thank you for your service, I wish you health and safety and I remind you that we’re here to support you in any way that we can.

In solidarity,
Mario R. Ortiz
Visit Decker's COVID-19 webpage

Decker Divisions



Recognized for our commitment to educational excellence and as a growing leader in nursing research, Decker is ranked the seventh best nursing school in New York state and has earned an enviable reputation among nursing programs worldwide. 

Explore nursing

Public Health

Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program prepares graduates to analyze complex public health issues and work collaboratively to create healthier communities across New York state and throughout the world.

Explore public health

Health and Wellness Studies

Health and Wellness Studies

Health and Wellness Studies teaches students the practical skills and behaviors of healthy living, helping them develop tools for lifelong wellness.

Explore health and wellness

Cutting-Edge Simulation

Decker's Innovative Simulation and Practice Center is accredited in Teaching/Education by the Society for Simulation (SSH) in Healthcare. It is the first nursing school in New York state to achieve this accreditation.

Explore Simulation


Decker College's Kresge Center for Nursing Research supports scientific inquiry and scholarly works for the expansion of nursing knowledge, with particular emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary research.

Explore research

Our Community and Network

Our alumni are well-established as leading clinicians, researchers, educators and administrators, and they are eagerly recruited by employers across the globe.


More News

Decker on the move!

Later this year, Decker College will move to a 113,000-square-foot building in a new, 13-acre Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City, N.Y., joining the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and healthcare-based, high-tech businesses.

Explore our future home