A professional school with a reputation for excellence

The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University provides outstanding preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice. Ranked the seventh best nursing school in New York state, the school has earned an enviable reputation among nursing programs worldwide and is recognized for its commitment to educational excellence and as a growing leader in nursing research, as demonstrated by the accomplishments of our Kresge Center for Nursing Research.

Degree programs

The Decker School offers bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificate, doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) and doctoral (PhD) in nursing programs. The success rate of our graduates is outstanding, with many assuming leadership roles in practice, education and administration throughout the nation.

  • Our undergraduate nursing programs provide a solid foundation from which baccalaureate-prepared candidates are poised to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
  • The master's and doctoral nursing programs reflect a commitment to improving the health of rural communities through education of nurses to provide the highest quality care for rural individuals, families and communities. 


As part of its accreditation process, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) plans to visit the Decker School of Nursing Nov. 5-7, 2018. The commission seeks to review all of the nursing programs including the baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program. In accordance with CCNE procedure, constituents (students, alumni and faculty) of these programs are invited to submit comments to CCNE related to the quality of the programs under review. Your comments are considered third party and any specific third-party, signed comments concerning the accreditation process must be received by CCNE by Oct. 15, 2018. Mail third-party comments to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ATTN: Third-Party Comments, 655 K St., Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001 OR email them to thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org. NOTE: CCNE requires that all third-party comments be written in English. Comments are shared only with members of the evaluation team prior to their visit and onsite evaluation. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the Decker School, the accreditation review committee or the board.

Our namesake

The Decker Foundation, established by G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker (a local dentist and his wife) supports educational and healthcare activities in the region, and awarded the School of Nursing at Binghamton University a generous grant in December 1989. The school was renamed to honor these benefactors; we are proud to carry the Decker name as a legacy to their generosity and belief in the power of education.