Technical/clinical requirements

Technical Requirements 

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 videos and take exams on their device. Students are expected to adhere to individual course-use policies.

Devices (minimum power and memory requirements)

The following requirements will ensure sufficient processing power and memory to run current versions of Microsoft Office and possibly more demanding applications such as an exam-testing platform.

  • Laptops

    PC minimum requirements

    • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10 or 11
    • Only genuine, U.S.-English versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported
    • Windows RT and 10 S are not supported

    Apple minimum requirements

    • macOS Catalina, Big Sur or Monterey
    • Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported
    Minimum 8 GB memory (16 GB memory preferred)
    Minimum Intel i5 processor (i7 or greater preferred); Apple M1 processor
    Screen resolution should be at least 1024 x 768 or higher
    USB port (newer devices may require an adapter)
    A built-in working webcam or a USB option like this
    3-year manufacturer warranty recommended, but not required
  • iPads

    Suitable devices

    • iPad 5+
    • iPad Air
    • iPad Mini 4+
    • iPad Pro

Software

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. 

Review the Information Technology Services page for additional, helpful information.

Clinical Requirements

Three courses within the RN-BS program require clinical project/experience hours:

  • NURS Z382 — Population Health: Promotion and Prevention (20 hours)
  • NURS Z384 — Population Health: Chronic Illness (20 hours)
  • NURS Z484 — Leadership and Management (60 hours; these clinical hours must be completed in an outside agency
    • Prior to enrolling in NURS Z484, students must:
      • Complete all health and clinical practice requirements
      • Identify a site and preceptor that meet course objectives
      • Get approval for the site and preceptor from the course instructor

Health/clinical practice requirements

Students enrolled in NURS Z484 must comply with regulations set by the Decker School of Nursing (within Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences), Binghamton University, clinical agencies, and the Department of Health for the state in which you complete your clinical experiences.

Compliance is verified prior to and immediately following all deadlines. Failure to comply and/or maintain health/clinical practice requirements will result in the inability to complete clinical coursework and negatively impact your time to degree. Review detailed health/clinical placement requirements (Google folder).

Clinical uniforms

Enrolled students follow the uniform policy and dress code regulations of the agency in which they are participating for clinical experience(s). An official Binghamton University ID card must be displayed at all times. 

Additional Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, enrolled students are responsible for the cost of: 

  • Uniforms (as identified by clinical agencies)
  • Equipment
  • Health/clinical practice requirements including the medical document manager
  • Transportation and travel for clinical
  • Textbooks and course materials
  • Personal protective equipment (as identified by clinical agencies)
  • Malpractice insurance fee (incorporated into the University bill on each semester that a clinical nursing course is taken)