Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook

Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook

  • The Decker School of Nursing (DSON) reserves the right to amend or alter the content of this handbook at any time.
  • All policies were reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee in April 2021.
  • Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences encompasses the Decker School of Nursing.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Preface

Section 2: Guiding Principles

Section 3: Academic Policies

Section 4: Clinical/Laboratory Policies and Procedures

Section 5: Grading Policies

Section 6: Additional Information

Section 1: Preface

This handbook is published by the Decker School of Nursing (part of Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences) and is designed for use by undergraduate students, staff and faculty. In addition to this Decker Undergraduate Student Handbook, all Decker undergraduate nursing students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the policies outlined in the following:

Section 2: Guiding Principles

Academic Honesty

Binghamton University's policies on academic integrity and the student academic honesty code can be found in the University Bulletin. Additional information on academic honesty at the University level, including forms, are presented on the University provost's website.

HIPAA

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).*

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

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.

Download a guide to corrective actions 
related to concerns with HIPAA.

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

Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation for students with disability-related needs will be determined on an individual basis taking into consideration the essential skills that must be performed to meet program objectives. Decisions regarding reasonable accommodation will be directed toward maximizing the student's independence while maintaining personal and client dignity and safety.

Disability-related academic accommodations are authorized by Binghamton University’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office, in consultation with the students and their professors. While many accommodations can be easily arranged, some may not be feasible given the nature of the nursing program, especially for those enrolled in the Baccalaureate Accelerated Track due to the fast-paced curriculum. Students should register with SSD and notify faculty as soon as they become aware of the need for an accommodation.

Violations of Nursing Standards

In accordance with the Decker School of Nursing's mission to prepare future providers of care, managers of care and members of the discipline of nursing, the Violation of Nursing Standards (VNS) policy requires students to abide by the following rules and regulations while enrolled in the program:

  • American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics and the Interpretive Statements (available electronically through Binghamton University Libraries)
  • NYS Board of Nursing Regulation
  • Binghamton University Bulletin
  • Binghamton University Student Handbook and Code of Student Conduct
  • ANA Scope and Standard of Practice (available electronically through Binghamton University Libraries)
  • Decker School of Nursing Student Handbook
  • Affiliating agency policies and procedures
  • Current federal, state and/or local laws

A violation may be given any time a student is not compliant with the bulleted items above.

Records of violations are tracked and recorded internally. Immediately following a violation, the VNS Incident Report will be completed and submitted by the issuer of the violation. Once a VNS is reported, the student will receive the following to his/her official Binghamton University email:

  1. Description of the violation
  2. Consequences
  3. Required remediation instructions, if necessary
  4. Instructions for submitting comments (optional)

Three violations in one course will result in course failure. Five cumulative violations will result in dismissal from the Decker School of Nursing, regardless of program length. A single incident that is determined to have produced serious actual/potential harm may also result in dismissal. If remediation is required, failure to complete the assigned remediation(s) will result in more severe consequences (and may include immediate dismissal).

Dismissal from the nursing program as a result of a VNS is final and will be recorded on the student's official Binghamton University transcript. Violations of federal, state and/or local laws will result in a report to law enforcement officers. A student may initiate the DSON's Grievance Policy as a formal appeal process.

The issuance of a VNS is non-petitionable, but a student may choose to pursue a grievance. Questions about this policy should be directed to the undergraduate program director.

Cell Phone Policy

The use of cell phones or other electronic devices during clinical experiences, except with permission of the clinical instructor, is not permitted.

Social Media Policy

Students should exercise professional judgement when using social media. Photographs and videos may not be taken in any clinical setting. All Binghamton University Official Social Media Guidelines and federal HIPAA rules apply to Decker students who choose to use personal social media accounts. 

Section 3: Academic Policies

Petitioning an Academic Policy

Students may petition for an exception to academic policy through the Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Petition decisions will be made within 10 business days, unless additional information is required. Incomplete petitions will be denied automatically.

Students are encouraged to speak with their assigned advisor within the Division of Advising and Academic Excellence prior to submitting a petition. 

Academic Load

Undergraduate students can register for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. 

Undergraduate students with a 3.3 GPA will receive automatic approval for credit overload petitions up to 22 credits; others will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students should attend class until they can register officially online. Petitions from first-semester freshman students, first-semester transfer students, and students on probation will not be considered.

Attendance and Laboratory/Clinical Cancellations and Absences

The Decker School of Nursing adheres to the attendance policy outlined in the University Bulletin for all classes and laboratory experiences.

Laboratory/clinical cancellations: The instructor of record or clinical instructor will communicate all laboratory/clinical cancellations due to weather or other reasons, even when campus classes are canceled. Students are responsible for notifying instructors with questions or concerns regarding cancellations.

Laboratory/clinical absence: The Decker School of Nursing acknowledges that students may miss laboratory/clinical experiences for unexpected situations and religious obligations. Students who must miss a laboratory/clinical experiences must complete the following steps:

  1. The student must contact the clinical instructor directly as soon as possible, but no later than the scheduled start time of the laboratory/clinical experience.
  2. The student must complete an Absence from Any Clinical Experience form

  3. The student must communicate with the clinical faculty before the next laboratory to determine whether it is possible to meet course objectives.

Nursing Electives

Students may use a variety of courses to meet their nursing elective requirement. Elective courses are designed to assist the student in the exploration of advanced concepts of nursing and/or the in-depth study of a selected area of application to the healthcare system. Interest in specific electives is expected to develop as core concepts of nursing are introduced in the curriculum at levels II and III.

Nursing electives are viewed as a part of the synthesis of nursing experience and are expected to assist the student in meeting program and personal objectives.

See the list of approved nursing electives below.

  • Approved nursing electives

    Africana Studies (AFST)

    • AFST 380T: Introduction to Community and Public Health

    Anthropology (ANTH)

    • ANTH 243: Medical Anthropology: Human Biology and Health
    • ANTH 249: Introduction to Epidemiology
    • ANTH 333: Human Genetics
    • ANTH 465: The Body
    • ANTH 480O: Global Health in Anthropology

    Biology (BIOL)

    • BIOL 332: Genetics

    Classics (CLAS)

    • CLAS 121: Scientific/Medical Terminology

    Health and Wellness Studies (HWS)

    • HWS 210: Men's Personal Wellness
    • HWS 216: Women's Wellness
    • HWS 233: Stress Management
    • HWS 325: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • HWS 330: Human Sexuality
    • HWS 331: Contemporary Health Issues
    • HWS 332: Nutrition
    • HWS 333: Health, Human Behavior and Society
    • HWS 336: The Science and Application of Exercise
    • HWS 410: Pathophysiology Nutrition and Disease
    • HWS 411: Introduction to Global Health

    Nursing (NURS)

    • NURS 220: Stress Management
    • NURS 258: Basic Emergency Medical Tech
    • NURS 310: Human Sexuality
    • NURS 311: Contemporary Health Issues
    • NURS 312: Nutrition
    • NURS 332: Holistic Health Practice
    • NURS 335: Forensic Health: Essentials
    • NURS 335B: Forensic Health: Victims
    • NURS 335C: Forensic Health: Offenders
    • NURS 335D: Forensic Health: Pediatrics
    • NURS 335F: Medico-Legal Death Investigation
    • NURS 337: Forensic Health: Sexual Offending and Victimization
    • NURS 348: Wound Care Essentials
    • NURS 370: Disaster Preparedness
    • NURS 388: Healthcare Policy/Health Disparities 
    • NURS 431: Basics of Emergency Nursing
    • NURS 455: Correctional Health
    • NURS 497: Independent Study
    • NURS 499: Nursing Research

    Political Sciences (PLSC)

    • PLSC 389X: Comparative Political Economy of Health

    Psychology (PSYC)

    • PSYC 330: Drugs and Behavior
    • PSYC 362: Behavioral Neuroscience

    Spanish (SPAN)

    • SPAN 175: Basic Medical Spanish
    • SPAN 382B: Spanish for Professionals: Medical Spanish

    Translation Studies (TRIP)

    • TRIP 474: Medical and Health Translation

    Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

    • WGSS 380: Gender, Health and Medicine
    • WGSS 384E (SOC 353): The Sociology of Reproduction

Students are responsible for determining if any of the above courses have required prerequisites. The frequency of course offerings is up to the individual departments; not all courses will be offered every semester. Transfer courses may also be acceptable. Students should check with their advisor to ensure any courses taken outside Binghamton can count as their nursing elective.
 
Students may petition to use a course not listed.


Repeating a Nursing Prerequisite or Core Nursing Course

Students may repeat a general education course or elective course if they receive a withdrawn (W) or failed (F).

Nursing prerequisites: Students must repeat a nursing prerequisite if they receive a D, F or W.

  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal in any combination of two nursing prerequisites will result in dismissal.
  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal from the same nursing prerequisite twice will result in dismissal. 

Core nursing courses: Students must repeat a core course if they fail to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdraw.

  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal from any combination of two core nursing courses will result in dismissal.
  • Failure to achieve the minimum passing grade or withdrawal from the same core nursing course twice will result in dismissal.  

Preparation of Written Assignments

Students in nursing courses are required to type all written assignments using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, latest edition, unless specifically advised otherwise.

Re-Enrollment and Interruption of Progression

Students who would like to return to study after missing three consecutive major semesters must follow re-enrollment guidelines. A student who has missed fewer than three consecutive semesters, but has taken a semester off from his/her/their prescribed nursing curriculum, is required to submit an Intent to Return form

The student must submit the Intent to Return form by the appropriate application deadline:

  • BAT: November 1
  • Traditional: March 1

Requests to return may be denied. 

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is evaluated by Decker College's Division of Advising and Academic Excellence to meet prerequisite, general education, and elective requirements. To be considered for transfer, coursework must be transcripted through an accredited institution.

Credit by Exam

Some degree requirements may be fulfilled by college-level, credit-bearing proficiency exams. Students interested in earning credit by exam should contact the Division of Advising and Academic Excellence.

Transfer of Undergraduate Upper-Division Credit Policies and Procedures

The following core nursing courses may be transferred upon approval from the Undergraduate Admission and Academic Standards Committee: 

  • NURS 351: Pathophysiology I
  • NURS 360: Socialization II- Nursing Research
  • NURS 361: Pathophysiology II
  • NURS 365: Pharmacology
  • Nursing elective

Enrolled students with completed nursing courses from an accredited program may submit a Petition to Transfer Upper-Level Nursing Coursework form. If the petition is denied, students have the option of taking a challenge exam for the course prior to the start of the semester. A passing grade of C- or better on the exam will result in the transfer of credit.

Continuing Decker School of Nursing students may also complete and submit the Petition to Transfer Upper-Level Nursing Coursework form for approval to take a course at another institution for credit. 

NOTE: Binghamton University requires that the last 30 credits toward the degree be in residence.

Prerequisites

Nursing prerequisites

Nursing prerequisites are courses that must be completed prior to taking required, upper-level nursing courses. The courses are listed in detail on the undergraduate program pages

When taken at Binghamton, the prerequisites for these courses are:

Course Prerequisite(s)
Composition Varies based on course
Statistics None
Intro to Psychology None
Developmental Psychology Intro to Psychology
General Chemistry I None
General Chemistry II General Chemistry I
Intro to Biology None
Microbiology

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry II

Intro to Biology (BIOL 113)

Anatomy and Physiology I

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry II

Intro to Biology (BIOL 113)

Anatomy and Physiology II Anatomy and Physiology I

Prerequisites for core nursing courses

Some nursing courses require additional prerequisites. The chart below contains a full list of prerequisites to all core nursing courses. 

Course Prerequisite(s)
NURS 320: Socialization I, Intro to Professional Nursing

Nursing prerequisites:

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Statistics
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Intro to Biology*
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients
NURS 322: The Client System of Nursing
NURS 351: Pathophysiology I
NURS 361: Pathophysiology II
NURS 360: Socialization II, Nursing Research
NURS 365: Pharmacology
NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I

NURS 320

NURS 321

NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II

NURS 320

NURS 321

NURS 362: Practice of Nursing III

NURS 351

NURS 352

NURS 353

NURS 361

NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV

NURS 351

NURS 352

NURS 353

NURS 361

NURS 470: Socialization III, Professional Issues Corequisite: NURS 471
NURS 471: Practice of Nursing V

NURS 360

NURS 362

NURS 363

NURS 365

*Waived upon completion of Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology

Registering for coursework with prerequisites

Students may only register for courses if the required prerequisites are completed with a minimum grade of C- or in-progress at Binghamton. Students with in-progress prerequisites will be removed if the required minimum grade (C-) is not met. Students who are registered for prerequisites at other institutions will not be eligible to register until the required prerequisites have been articulated on their transcript. 

Section 4: Clinical/Laboratory Policies and Procedures

Clinical Course Registration

The Decker School of Nursing reserves the right to place deadlines on registration changes for courses with clinical components (separate from those of the University), and/or alter student placement within course section(s) based on clinical agency, department, and school operating needs.

Clinical Placements

The Decker School of Nursing makes final clinical placements based upon student, course, preceptor, agency and school needs. In some clinical courses, student preference of clinical site may be considered but not guaranteed. Students must provide care to patients to whom they are assigned. When a clinical instructor is not on-site, responsibility for the provision of patient care must be explicitly defined and mutually agreed upon by the clinical instructor and the clinical agency.

Innovative Simulation and Practice Center/ISPC

Decker College's Innovative Simulation and Practice Center (ISPC) is primarily used to support Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences students. The ISPC may be utilized by outside community members by reserving and/or renting the space through the director of the ISPC as scheduling allows.

Students may be recorded on videotape, film, audiotape, paper, digital medium or otherwise by the University, its agents, servants or employees. By agreeing to attend the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, all students authorize the use of such recording for any proper and legitimate educational or commercial purpose by the University, either on or off campus. Students acknowledge the University's ownership of recorded material and further agree that student names, likenesses and biography may be used for the purpose of promoting the program. Those students wishing to opt out of being recorded should contact the Innovative Simulation and Practice Center director.

Evaluation of Laboratory/Clinical Performance 

The laboratory/clinical performance is an integral part of the course and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Specific expectations of clinical/laboratory performance are identified for each course in the course syllabus. When the evaluation is satisfactory, the letter grade for the didactic or theoretical component is the grade assignment for the course. If the clinical performance is unsatisfactory, the grade for the course is F.

Health and Clinical Practice Requirements 

Students must comply with all health and clinical practice requirements by the deadlines listed on the Decker Requirements webpage. 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. There are no exceptions.

Criminal Background Screening and Drug Screening

The Decker School of Nursing reserves the right to require students to undergo background screening to meet clinical agency requirements. Screenings may include a criminal background check, drug screening, and/or fingerprinting. Positive criminal background screening results may hinder a student's opportunity for state licensure. The Decker School of Nursing recommends a student contact his/her state board of licensure to clarify any concerns regarding licensure.

Should a student be convicted of a criminal offense after submitting their initial background screening, he/she/they must immediately disclose this to the Decker School of Nursing program director for review with the clinical site. The clinical site will determine whether the student will be permitted to continue to participate in clinical. Any such incident may jeopardize the student's enrollment at the University and licensure.

Incident Reporting

An incident is defined as any unusual occurrence, with or without injury, that interferes with the functioning of the system or the patient. Examples include but are not limited to: patient fall, incorrect procedure, medication administration error/occurrence, exposure to blood and/or body fluids, delay in treatment, or concerns about patient care.

Students who are involved in any incident must immediately report the incident to their clinical instructor. If the instructor is not immediately available to the student or there is any evidence of immediate danger for the patient or others, report the incident immediately to the appropriate charge nurse or other supervisor of the unit, agency or system where the incident occurred. Proceed to notify the instructor subsequent to the above action. 

Incident reporting is critical to maintaining and improving safety for both students and patients. Procedures following incidents are individualized and may include a revision of procedures or a root cause analysis. Not all incidents will result in disciplinary action, but failure to report an incident will. 

Occupational Exposure

Students who experience an occupational exposure must notify their clinical faculty immediately and will follow the policy/practice of the clinical agency where the exposure occurred.

Clinical and Nonclinical Uniform Requirements

Students must comply with the Decker uniforms outlined below unless an exception has been made in advance by the clinical instructor. 

Faculty have discretion to determine whether or not a student is in compliance with these policies. Failure to comply with the Decker School of Nursing Dress Code Policy and any additional requirement from the clinical agency may result in dismissal from the clinical day and thus counted as a clinical absence. The ability to recover that clinical time is not guaranteed and may impact student success in that clinical course.

  • Uniform for clinical setting (direct patient care)

    Top

    • Hunter green, V-neck scrub top with the Decker logo on the left side; a green scrub jacket with the Decker logo on the left side is optional
    • ¾-length sleeved shirts may be worn under scrub tops but must be white, black or green with sleeves that conform to the arm (not loose or free-flowing)
    • Lab coat must be white, with the Decker logo on the left side
    • NO sweaters, sweatshirts, hooded clothing

    Bottoms

    • Black ankle-length pants with pockets
    • NO yoga or exercise pants
    • Must be freshly laundered, stain-free
    • Must be pressed, wrinkle-free
  • Uniform for community setting (all clinical preparation, community observations, presentations unless otherwise specified)

    May wear clinical uniform as described under "Uniform for clinical setting," above, or

    Top

    • White button-down shirt with ¾-length or full-length sleeves or white polo shirt
    • Top button may be open
    • A white lab coat, with the Decker logo on the left side

    Bottoms

    • Black ankle length pants or mid-knee length skirt
    • NO yoga or exercise pants
  • For all settings (shoes, undergarments, socks/hosiery, hair, facial hair, jewelry/accessories, nails, tattoos, head coverings, name tags, Binghamton University ID, fragrances) 

    Shoes

    • Must be all white or all black
    • Sneaker style, leather or vinyl
    • Heel height must be 1½ inch or less
    • Must be clean and intact
    • NO open toes or open-heeled footwear allowed

    Undergarments

    • Must be flesh-colored
    • May not be visible through clothing

    Socks/hosiery

    • Socks or hose must be worn at all times
    • Socks must be white or black. NO designs

    Hair

    • Must be well groomed
    • Must be a natural color
    • Long hair must be contained, pulled back, off neck and not touching collar

    Facial hair

    • Must be trimmed and groomed

    Jewelry/accessories

    • A wedding band is the only ring that is allowed to be worn
    • A watch is the only wrist jewelry that is allowed to be worn
    • Piercings:
      • Only 2 piercings per ear lobe allowed
      • Earrings must be small, non-dangling
      • NO gauges, tongue, nose, or other facial or cartilage jewelry/piercings allowed
      • Skin-colored spacers are allowed for piercings that cannot be removed for long periods of time
      • Jewelry that can't be removed may be covered

    Nails

    • Short, clean, trimmed
    • Clear nail polish only that is intact, no chipped polish
    • NO acrylic or artificial nails, including gels
    • NO colored polishes

    Tattoos

    • Must be covered with make-up or clothing
    • Meet in person with the director of undergraduate program for any issues with tattoo covering

    Head coverings

    • Must be white, black or green
    • Only those with religious or medical reasons are allowed to wear head coverings in the clinical setting or when representing the Decker School of Nursing

    Name tags

    • Must be visibility displayed
    • Must include Binghamton University logo, student first and last name, and designation "Nursing Student"

    Binghamton University ID

    • Visibly displayed in plastic holder

    Fragrances

    • NO perfumes, aftershave, or other scented body products

Universal Precautions

The Decker School of Nursing adheres to standard precautions published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Section 5: Grading Policies

Grade Calculations

Pre-licensure students must achieve a minimum of 69.5% on testing components as specified in core nursing courses (outlined in course syllabi). If the 69.5% is not achieved, the letter grade awarded in the course will be determined by the quiz/exam average only. If the minimum quiz/exam score is achieved, all other graded coursework will be averaged in to determine the final course grade.

Second-Read Policy

The Second-Read Policy at the Decker School of Nursing applies to papers in courses that are taught by multiple faculty members. This policy does not pertain to assignments other than written work. A second read must be requested within two weeks after the faculty returns the student’s paper.

Students must first discuss the grade and paper with the faculty member who graded the paper.

Students may then request a second read for a paper if they feel the grade given is not deserved.

If a second read is requested, the faculty of record or the appropriate program director will assign a faculty member to read a clean copy of the paper using the grading rubric developed for the paper.

After consultation with the first reader, the second reader’s grade will be reviewed with the faculty of record and the grade will be assigned. The grade may be lower, higher or the same as the original grade. 

Students who feel they deserve a different grade on the paper with one faculty of record should review the grade with the faculty of record first. If they wish to pursue a different grade after meeting with the faculty of record, they may follow the Binghamton University grievance policy.

Standardization of Extra Credit

If extra credit is available, it may not exceed 2% of the final course grade and must not be calculated into the minimum required quiz/exam average.

Section 6: Additional Information

Student Representation on Decker Committees

Student representation is encouraged on the following Decker committees:

  • Committee on Committees
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee
  • Evaluation Committee
  • Simulation Committee
  • Deans committees as needed

Students interested in serving on a committee should contact decker@binghamton.edu.

Application for State Board and NCLEX-RN Exam

After degree conferral, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure in New York state or any other state. The Decker School of Nursing will certify students as eligible to take the examination upon completion of the program. Students will need to obtain appropriate application materials from the state in which first licensure is sought and complete materials as directed.

The dean's signature, University seal and notary public witness to the applicant's signature are often required. Some states require an official transcript to be forwarded as part of the application, which the student must request from the Binghamton University Student Records Office

Computer adaptive testing (CAT) for the NCLEX-RN examinations are administered on a continuous basis year-round. There are no filing deadlines and candidates are able to schedule their own examination date after meeting degree requirements and eligibility requirements in the state in which they plan to be licensed. During the final semester in the program, seniors are provided with information about the NCLEX-RN examination and the application for licensure process.

Career and Internship Assistance

Students are encouraged to utilize the resources made available by the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. Professional and faculty advisors may also serve as a resource to students with career and internship questions.

Expenses

Students in the Decker School of Nursing are responsible for the cost of: 

  • Uniforms (ordering details available on the Requirements webpage
  • Equipment (ordering details available on the Requirements webpage)

  • Health/clinical practice requirements including the medical document manager (details available on the Requirements webpage)

  • Transportation and travel
  • Textbooks and course materials 
  • Personal protective equipment (as required by the ISPC and/or clinical agencies)

Decker students are also responsible for the following costs, which are incorporated into the University bill on each semester that a clinical nursing course is taken:

  • Malpractice insurance fee
  • Simulation fee
  • NCLEX preparation fee