Baccalaureate Accelerated Track

General information and requirements

This program is for anyone with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing who wishes to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at an accelerated pace.

See the traditional transfer program if you wish to study at a regular (non-accelerated) pace.

Today's complex healthcare system requires the best preparation for the professional practice of nursing. Education for nurses includes not only strong technical skills, but also skills in understanding patient needs at all levels.

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. Decker graduates continue to pass this exam at rates above state and national averages.

Curriculum

The program requires 126 credit hours:

  • 52 credits of nursing courses
  • 74 credits of previously completed prerequisites, General Education courses and electives

Note: Binghamton University's General Education requirements are waived for students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree.

BAT program requirements can be found below. You may also download a printer-friendly version of the BAT sample curriculum plan and BAT degree requirements worksheet

  • Prerequisite coursework

    Prerequisite course completion is required prior to starting the core nursing courses and typically takes four semesters  to complete.

    Prerequisite

    Binghamton Course

    Minimum Credit Hours

    When Offered

    Composition I

    C or J Gen Ed

    Semester 3, Quarter 4

    Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

    Composition II

    C or J Gen Ed

    Semester 3, Quarter 4

    Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

    Statistics

    (fulfills M Gen Ed)

    MATH 147, MATH 148, PSYC 243 (choose 1)

    Semester 3, Quarter 5

    Fall, Spring, Summer
    Intro Psychology PSYC 111 Semester 3, Quarter 4 Fall, Spring, Summer

    Developmental Psychology

    (fulfills S Gen Ed)

    PSYC 220 Semester 3, Quarter 4 Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

    General Chemistry I

    (Lab recommended; fulfills L Gen Ed)

    CHEM 101, CHEM 104, CHEM 107, CHEM 111 (choose 1) Semester 3, Quarter 5 Fall, Summer

    General Chemistry II

    (Lab recommended)

    CHEM 102, CHEM 105, CHEM 108, CHEM 111 (choose 1) Semester 3, Quarter 5 Spring, Summer

    Intro Biology*

    BIOL 113 (formerly BIOL 118)

    Semester 3, Quarter 5

    Fall, Spring, Summer

    Microbiology

    (Lab BIOL 329 optional)

    BIOL 319 (formerly BIOL 224) Semester 3, Quarter 5 Spring, Summer

    Anatomy and Physiology I 

    (Students may complete two semesters of anatomy and physiology or one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology. Lab recommended.)

    BIOL 251

    Semester 3, Quarter 5

    Fall, Summer

    Anatomy and Physiology II

    (Students may complete two semesters of anatomy and physiology or one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology. Lab recommended.)

    BIOL 347

    Semester 3, Quarter 5

    Spring, Summer

    *waived if Anatomy and Physiology I, II and Microbiology are completed at another college or university

    Anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology courses expire after 10 years. Decker requires comprehensive examinations (such as CLEP or Excelsior) in expired prerequisite subject areas or a repeat of coursework to demonstrate proficiency.

    All courses must be taken for at least 3 credits. Required prerequisites may be taken in person or online at any accredited college or university.

    Submit a request for transcript evaluation to determine which previously completed coursework fulfills the prerequisite requirements. 

  • Core nursing coursework

    Many of the nursing courses have a clinical component, which provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Students care for a diverse population of patients in several settings. Hospitals, community health facilities and long-term care institutions in and around the greater Binghamton area are used for clinical experiences.  

    For a complete description of nursing courses, see the Schedule of Classes. For a list of approved nursing electives, see the Undergraduate Nursing Elective Policies section of the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook.

    Summer Term I (May-July)

    Credits

    NURS 320: Socialization I, Introduction to Professional Nursing

    4

    NURS 351: Pathophysiology I

    2

    Summer Term II (July-August) Credits
    NURS 360: Socialization II, Nursing Research 2

    NURS 361: Pathophysiology II

    4

    Summer Term III (May-August)

    Credits

    NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients*

    4

    Total credits during summer sessions

    16

    Fall Semester

    Credits

    NURS 322: The Client System of Nursing

    4

    NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I* (half-semester course)

    4

    NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II* (half-semester course)

    4

    NURS 362: Practice of Nursing III* (half-semester course)

    4

    NURS 365: Pharmacology in Nursing

    2

    Total credits during fall semester

    18

    Winter Session Credits
    NURS 363 Practice of Nursing IV* 4

    Total credits during winter session

    4

    Spring Semester

    Credits

    NURS 470: Socialization III, Professional Issues

    4

    NURS 471: Practice of Nursing V*

    8

    Nursing elective (Decker requires one nursing elective, which may be completed prior to admission or concurrently with nursing coursework)

    2

    Total credits during spring semester

    14

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 52
    *includes clinical component

Transfer credit

Students may receive credit for previously completed college-level courses, advanced placement (AP) exam scores of 3 or better and International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level exam scores of 4 or better.

Get more information about transfer credits and equivalencies here:

Submit a request for transcript evaluation to determine which previously completed coursework fulfills the prerequisite requirements.

Application criteria

Applicants must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree in another field and all prerequisites completed prior to the program start date
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • a minimum 3.0 average in the prerequisite requirements

Prerequisite courses and first bachelor's degree requirements may be in progress during application review. Preference will be given to applicants who hold a previous bachelor's degree and have completed all prerequisites at the time of application submission. 

Prior academic achievement, résumé, ability to study full-time for one calendar year and evidence of prior work or volunteer experience that enhances knowledge of current nursing practice will all be taken into consideration by the admissions committee.

Note: Once applicants receive their username and password from the Undergraduate Admissions Office to access their Status Checker, applicants are required to upload a résumé. Neither a personal statement nor a letter of recommendation are required, but may be submitted via the Status Checker if the applicant chooses to do so.

Application procedures

Admission to the program is competitive as space is limited. The application and supporting documentation are due November 15. Applicants must apply using a transfer application for the fall semester of the year they intend to enroll. It is important to submit your application early to ensure completion by the deadline. Submission is not immediate; processing takes at least 7–14 days. Late applications are accepted and will be reviewed if space is available at the time of application. Most admission decisions are released in January and February.

Students with international transcripts must first have a course-to-course and degree evaluation from World Education Services. A WES evaluation provides Binghamton with consistent information regarding your degrees, courses and grades in U.S. equivalencies; this ensures you receive a timely and accurate application review.

Admitted students must submit their enrollment deposit by April 1 or within 20 days of the date printed on their admission letter, whichever is later.

Visit Binghamton University's Undergraduate Admissions webpage for complete application instructions. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 607–777–2171.

Note: Students are not permitted to apply to both the Traditional Nursing program and the Baccalaureate Accelerated Track program for the same year.

If you are admitted to the Decker School of Nursing, there are health, clinical practice, device (hardware and software), uniform and equipment requirements you will need to comply with. See the Requirements webpage for additional information.

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