Undergraduate Nursing Student Requirements

There are a number of requirements Decker School of Nursing undergraduate students must fulfill. 

Health/Clinical Practice Requirements 

Prelicensure nursing students must comply with regulations set by the New York State Department of Health, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University and affiliated agencies. 

Compliance is verified prior to and immediately following all deadlines. Failure to comply and/or maintain health/clinical practice requirements will negatively impact your time to degree.


Refer to the Student Records calendar for appropriate, corresponding add/drop deadline date; if the date isn't posted on the calendar yet, keep checking back.

  • Baccalaureate Accelerated Track students — June 1
  • Traditional (junior) students — fall semester add/drop deadline

Student health packet download

Download the packet from this Decker Clinical Health Requirements Google folder that corresponds to your student status (BAT or juniors traditional program) and follow the detailed instructions to complete your health/clinical practice requirements.

For continuing students, health/clinical practice requirements are due one calendar year from the date they were completed. Students may need to repeat the requirements within the academic year to maintain current health/clinical practice requirement status.

Decker School of Nursing HIPAA policy

  • Read the HIPAA Policy

    Effective May 14, 2014

    Maintaining confidentiality is an integral part of nursing practice. Federal regulations guide the scope of practice of healthcare workers to safeguard protected health information (PHI) through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). PHI is defined by Health and Human Services to mean demographic and health information that makes the individual identifiable. This information includes, but is not limited to, names, addresses, date of birth, social security numbers or medical records numbers. This includes all demographic data that is related to the person’s physical or mental health, and/or the provision or payment regarding provision of care (past, present or future).*

    The Decker School of Nursing provides competency training for HIPAA to ensure the student is well versed with these regulations and the required behaviors necessary to ensure compliance. This policy outlines the corrective action for each level of a potential HIPAA violation, which could culminate in dismissal from the Decker School of Nursing. Maintaining HIPAA standards will be a clinical objective and evaluated with each course.

    Affiliating agencies that collaborate with the Decker School of Nursing maintain their own HIPAA standards to which students must adhere. These policies supersede Decker School of Nursing policies. A HIPAA violation may mean dismissal from a clinical site and could impede placement at other clinical sites, which may prevent meeting requirements for graduation from the Decker School of Nursing. Any student violations requiring legal representation will be at the expense of the student.

    The following guidelines are to be followed by students and faculty at the Decker School of Nursing:

    1. Maintain confidentiality by only sharing PHI with those who are considered individuals who need to know

    2. When you need to discuss PHI, hold conversations in private areas where others cannot hear the conversation.

    3. Shred PHI which is no longer necessary to maintain in approved shredding bins, if shredding bins are not available, destroy the document before disposal.

    4. Do not use patient names, date of birth, medical record numbers or social security numbers on Decker School of Nursing databases, papers or written assignments.

    5. Do not share PHI with family members, peers or those individuals who are not directly involved with care of the patient.

    6. Information shared during the clinical day and pre/post conference is not to be shared outside of the conference area.

    7. Students may not leave/save any patient, family, faculty, clinical facility or student information on any open access desktop or hard drive.

    8. PHI is not to be left open in public areas.

    9. PHI is not to leave the clinical site

    10. Computer screens and electronic health records with PHI are not to be left unattended; students are expected to log out before leaving the workstation.

    11. Students are not allowed to share their personal login or password information.

    * U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Summary of the HIPAA privacy rule.

    View the Decker School of Nursing HIPAA Corrective Actions webpage. You may also wish to review pertinent information in the Undergraduate Student Handbook

    Adapted with permission by Mary Ellen Murray, associate dean, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Device Requirements

Decker School of Nursing students are required to own a laptop or iPad while enrolled in the nursing program. Students will be required to write papers, create presentations, record video and take exams on their device. Students are expected to bring the device as requested, fully charged (power may not be available), and adhere to individual course-use policies.

Minimum power and memory requirements

The Decker School of Nursing follows the device requirements set forth by the ExamSoft exam-testing platform. Students should ensure their device(s) meet these requirements. 


Students may be required to download and/or purchase additional software. If this is the case, students will be provided with instructions and links. Technology-related questions should be directed to Binghamton University's Help Desk at 607-777-6420 or helpdesk@binghamton.edu.

Get Microsoft Office software free: Binghamton University provides Microsoft Office free of charge to students, faculty and staff for use on their personal computers and devices. To obtain this free software, you must have an active Binghamton email address. Visit the University's Information Technology Services Office 365 webpage for instructions and more information. 

Assessment Kits/Uniforms

Beginning with the fundamental assessment course (NURS 321, Nursing Assessment of Clients), nursing students will need uniforms and assessment kits for clinical and simulation experiences.  

Assessment kits

The following medical equipment is needed during the first week of classes in Decker's undergraduate nursing programs:

  • Adult aneroid blood pressure cuff, nylon, any color
  • Professional level stethoscope with a diaphragm and bell, any color (for example: MDF MD or Littman Classic III level at a minimum)
  • Penlight with pupil gauge (do not buy a disposable model)
  • Bandage scissors
  • Hemostat, straight 5.5 inch
  • Wristwatch with a second hand
  • Small carrying bag to hold equipment

These items can be purchased separately at most locations that sell medical scrubs or in medical supply stores.

Special pricing available: As an option, Decker has partnered with the following companies for Undergraduate Assessment Kits with special offers:


Decker's uniform for undergraduate nursing students includes a hunter green, V-neck scrub top with the Decker School of Nursing logo on the left side and black scrub bottoms. A green scrub jacket with the Decker School of Nursing logo on the left side is optional. Shoes must be closed toe and closed back, and all black or all white. Review the Uniform Policy in the Undergraduate Student Handbook for details. 

Additional Expenses Related to Undergraduate Clinical Experiences

Students in Decker's undergraduate nursing programs incur several expenses in addition to those noted above. See also "Expenses Beyond Tuition and Fees" on the Tuition, Expenses and Funding webpage and Additional Information, Expenses in the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook for more information.


If you have questions about any of the requirements presented here, email  deckreqs@binghamton.edu.

If you have a felony or child abuse conviction: Students who have a felony or child abuse conviction are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences and/or to meet licensure requirements for nursing or advanced practice licensure. If you have concerns about this, you are advised to contact the Decker Advising and Academic Excellence Office, the undergraduate nursing program director or the Dean's Office. You are required to report felony convictions while enrolled in the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences as it may change your progression and ability to be placed in a clinical agency. To learn if felony/child abuse convictions will negatively impact your ability for licensure, check with the State Board of Nursing in the state in which you plan to practice.