Decker School of Nursing

Certificate Programs

General information 

Post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate programs exist in all Decker School of Nursing clinical areas (see below). These programs are available to students already holding a master's degree in nursing who desire preparation as a nurse practitioner. Students are expected to be competent in research and knowledgeable about nursing theory and professional issues.

Advanced certificate programs are available in the following areas: disaster management, forensic health or nursing education. The certificates programs in disaster management and nursing education are open to both matriculated graduate and post-master's graduate students in the Decker School of Nursing, while the certificate program in forensic health is open to all students who have a baccalaureate degree and are interested in forensics.

Certificate programs available

Post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate programs

 Advanced certificate programs

Application criteria

All students wishing to pursue a post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate must satisfy the general conditions and procedures for admission to Binghamton University's Graduate School.

In addition, the following are required and will be evaluated for admission:

NOTE: For complete information about admission requirements, applicants are encouraged to review the University Bulletin (select "Nursing-Graduate" under "Graduate Fields of Study by Department"). The rules and regulations posted in the University Bulletin at the time of a student's matriculation into the University are the ones to which that student is held.

  • A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited school of nursing program
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the U.S.
  • Prior to beginning clinical experiences in a New York clinical facility, students must present a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in New York; this is a requirement of the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions
  • Two satisfactory academic or professional references; letters of recommendation from professional referent may not be personal friends or family members, it is expected that a professional referent is a current or former supervisor to the applicant
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Copies of course syllabi and official academic transcripts reflective of successful completion with a grade of B or better are required of any applicant who seeks a waiver of previously completed, nonclinical graduate nursing coursework such as the "3 P's" (i.e., Concepts in Health Assessment for Nursing in Advanced Clinical Practice, Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan, Advanced Pharmacology for Clinical Practice)
  • For international students:

Last Updated: 5/11/17