Traditional Transfer

General information and requirements


This program is for:

  • anyone who has completed one or two years of coursework at an accredited college/university (not Binghamton) and wishes to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. Current Binghamton students should see the IUT/double-degree program.
  • anyone who has a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and wishes to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at a regular paceStudents who wish to study at an accelerated pace should see the BAT program. 

Today's complex healthcare system requires the best preparation for the professional practice of nursing. Students in the traditional nursing program receive this preparation in a two- or three-year program firmly grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. 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 the state and national averages.

Decker allows transfer students to apply as incoming sophomores or juniors (see Application Criteria, below, for more information). Students are considered sophomores if they are admitted with prerequisites remaining, while those with completed prerequisites join the junior class.

Curriculum

The program requires 126 credit hours consisting of:

  • 52 credits of nursing courses
  • 74 credits of nursing prerequisites, general education courses and electives

Note: Students may transfer in up to 78 credits of nursing prerequisites, general education courses and electives.

Traditional transfer program requirements are below. Printer-friendly versions of the traditional sample curriculum plan and a traditional degree requirements worksheet are also available.

  • 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.

  • General Education coursework

    General Education courses are required of all students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree at Binghamton University. It is recommended that nursing students complete as many General Education courses as possible during their first two years, but unlike nursing prerequisites, these courses can be completed concurrently with nursing core courses in the junior and senior years.

    See the University’s General Education planning sheet to view detailed descriptions of each requirement. Nursing prerequisites and nursing core courses cover some of the General Education requirements, therefore Decker students are only responsible for the following:

    A

    Aesthetics perspective course

    G

    Global interdependencies course

    H

    Humanities course

    Y or B

    Physical activity course

    P

    Pluralism in the United States

    N

    Social science course

    FL

    Foreign language course

  • Core nursing coursework and curriculum

    Students who remain on track will begin nursing core courses in the fall semester of their junior year. Many of the required courses include clinical components, allowing students to 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. Decker has hundreds of clinical partnerships, including UHS, Lourdes Ascension, SUNY Upstate Medical and Guthrie.

    Below is the sample curriculum plan for students in the undergraduate nursing program. For a complete description of nursing courses, see the schedule of classes.

    Year 1, fall semester

    C or J: Composition I

    4 credits

    CHEM 101: Chemistry I

    4 credits

    PSYC: 111 General Psychology

    4 credits

    General Education/Elective

    4 credits

    Semester total

    16 credits

    Year 1, spring semester

    BIOL 113: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

    4 credits

    CHEM 102: Chemistry II

    4 credits

    PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology

    4 credits

    General Education/Elective

    4 credits

    Semester total

    16 credits

    Year 2, fall semester

    BIOL 251: Anatomy and Physiology I

    4 credits

    MATH 147/148/PSYC 243: Statistics

    4 credits

    C or J: Composition II

    4 credits

    General Education/Elective

    4 credits

    Semester total

    16 credits
    Year 2, spring semester
    BIOL 319: Pre-Health Microbiology 4 credits
    BIOL 329: Pre-Health Microbiology Lab (optional) 0–2 credits
    BIOL 347: Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
    General Education/Elective 4 credits
    General Education/Elective 0–4 credits
    Semester total 12–18 credits
    Year 3, fall semester
    NURS 320: Socialization I, Introduction to Professional Nursing 4 credits
    NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients* 4 credits
    NURS 322: The Client System of Nursing 4 credits
    NURS 351: Pathophysiology I 2 credits
    Nursing elective** 2–4 credits
    Semester total 16–18 credits
    Year 3, spring semester
    NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I* 4 credits
    NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II* 4 credits
    NURS 361: Pathophysiology II 4 credits
    General Education/Elective 0–4 credits
    Semester total 12–16 credits
    Year 4, fall semester
    NURS 360: Socialization II, Nursing Research 2 credits
    NURS 362: Practice of Nursing III* 4 credits
    NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV* 4 credits
    NURS 365: Pharmacology in Nursing 2 credits
    General Education/Elective

    0–4
    credits

    Semester total 12–16 credits
    Year 4, spring semester
    NURS 470: Socialization III, Professional Issues 4 credits
    NURS 471: Practice of Nursing V* 8 credits
    Semester total 12 credits
    Total credits required for degree
      126 CREDITS

    * Includes clinical component

    ** Nursing elective may be taken in any semester

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

Admission to the program is competitive as space is limited.  Applicants must:

  • Be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have an equivalent education
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 average in the prerequisite requirements

Students with fewer than 24 completed college credits must:

  • Submit test scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)

Students applying for the sophomore class must have one of the following combinations of prerequisites completed by their intended start date*:

  • Chemistry I, Chemistry II and Introductory Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology

Students applying for the junior class must have all prerequisites completed by their intended start date*.

*Courses may be in progress when applying, but preference will be given to students who have completed all prerequisites at the time of application submission.

Note: If a prerequisite course is repeated, all grades for that course will be averaged into the prerequisite GPA. For prerequisites with more than one equivalency (elementary statistics versus psychological statistics), the highest grade will be calculated into the prerequisite GPA.

Application procedures

Transfer applications are reviewed for the fall semester only.

  • Applications are due by March 1 
  • Students are not required to provide personal statements or letters of recommendation

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 international degrees, courses and grades in U.S. equivalencies; this ensures a timely and accurate application review.

Visit Binghamton University's Undergraduate Admissions webpage for complete application instructions. Questions regarding application submission or review criteria should be directed to 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 academic year.

Students admitted to the Decker School of Nursing must comply with health, clinical practice, device (hardware and software), uniform and equipment requirements. See the Requirements webpage for additional information.

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