Graduate

Ranked among the best nursing schools in New York, the Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate-level programs from certificates to doctoral degrees. 

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Graduate Degree Programs

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MS)

    Overview

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

    Specializations and functional roles available

    • Adult-Gerontology (primary care): nurse practitioner, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist (not accepting applications for the CNS role in this specialization for spring or fall 2022)
    • Community Health (primary care): nurse practitioner, nurse educator 
    • Family Health: nurse practitioner, nurse educator
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health: nurse practitioner (not accepting applications for this specialization for fall 2021 or spring 2022)

    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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  • Advanced Standing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Overview

    The Advanced Standing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares 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, clinical nurse specialist 
    • Community Health (primary care): nurse practitioner
    • Family Health: nurse practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health: nurse practitioner (not accepting applications for this specialization for fall 2021)

    Who should apply?

    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

    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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Graduate Certificates

  • Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner

    Overview

    Post-graduate nurse practitioner (NP) certificate programs are designed for nurses with a master's degree in nursing who seek advanced clinical preparation as a nurse practitioner. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for certification in New York state and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

    Specialties available

    • Adult-Gerontology (primary care)
    • Community Health (primary care)
    • Family Health
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health (not accepting applications for this specialization for fall 2021 or spring 2022)

    Who should apply?

    Students with an 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 who desire preparation as a nurse practitioner or are practicing NPs who wish to expand their scope of practice by acquiring the clinical hours and course content necessary to practice in an additional NP specialty area.

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  • Nursing Education

    Overview

    This program encompasses current technological trends while preparing students for the role of nurse educator 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 an advanced nursing education certificate.

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  • Forensic Health

    Overview

    The forensic health certificate prepares students to apply health science to legal issues. This certificate is ideal for students who are 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 advanced certificate or currently matriculated Binghamton University graduate students enrolled in any program who wish to add an advanced certificate in forensic health.

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  • Disaster Management

    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 an advanced certificate in disaster management.

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