Decker School of Nursing

Baccalaureate Accelerated Track

General information and requirements

Today's complex healthcare system requires the best preparation for the professional practice of nursing. Education for nurses includes not only strong technical skills, but also skills in understanding patient needs at all levels.

The Decker School offers a unique and rigorous 12-month baccalaureate accelerated track (BAT) program that allows students with a previous bachelor’s degree (in another field) the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s of science in nursing. 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 state and national averages.

Curriculum

The program for the bachelor of science degree in nursing requires 126 credit hours of study, consisting of 52 credits of nursing courses and 74 credits of nursing prerequisites, General Education courses and electives. Up to 78 credits of previous coursework may be transferred.

Review coursework for prerequisites, General Education courses and core nursing courses, as well as a sample curriculum plan (sequence of courses), below. You may also download a printer-friendly version of the BAT sample curriculum plan and BAT degree requirements worksheet

  • Prerequisite coursework

    Prerequisite

    Binghamton Course

    Composition I

    C or J Gen Ed

    Composition II

    C or J Gen Ed

    Statistics

    MATH 147, MATH 148, PSYC 243 (choose 1)

    Intro Biology*

    BIOL 118

    Anatomy and Physiology I

    BIOL 251

    Anatomy and Physiology II

    BIOL 347

    Microbiology

    BIOL 224 (prior to spring 2016) or BIOL 319

    General Chemistry I

    CHEM 101, CHEM 107, CHEM 111 (choose 1)

    General Chemistry II

    CHEM 102, CHEM 108, CHEM 111 (choose 1)

    Intro Psychology

    PSYC 111

    Developmental Psychology

    PSYC 220

    *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 in expired prerequisite subject areas or a repeat of coursework to demonstrate proficiency.

    All courses must be taken for at least three credits. It is expected that anatomy, chemistry, microbiology and physiology include a laboratory component.

    Candidates are encouraged to contact Decker advising with questions regarding transfer courses. Required prerequisites may be taken in person or online at any accredited college or university. Courses may be in progress during application review, but preference will be given to applicants who have all prerequisites complete. All prerequisites must be completed and transferred in prior to the start of the program.

  • General Education coursework

    General Education requirements are waived for students with a previous bachelor’s degree.

  • Core nursing coursework

    Many of the nursing courses have a clinical component, which provide students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Students 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.  

    For a complete description of nursing courses, see the schedule of classes.

    Course

    Credits

    Term

    NURS 320: Socialization I, Introduction to Professional Nursing

    4

    summer

    NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients

    4

    summer

    NURS 351: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology I

    2

    summer

    NURS 360: Socialization II, Nursing Research

    2

    summer

    NURS 361: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology II

    4

    summer

    NURS 322: The Client System of Nursing

    4

    fall

    NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I

    4

    fall

    NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II

    4

    fall

    NURS 362: Practice of Nursing III

    4

    fall

    NURS 365: Pharmacology in Nursing

    2

    fall

    NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV

    4

    winter

    NURS 470: Socialization III, Professional Issues

    4

    spring

    NURS 471: Practice of Nursing V

    8

    spring

    Nursing elective

    2–4

    any semester

  • Sample curriculum plan (sequence of courses)
    Summer session
    Term I (May-July)

    NURS 320: Socialization I, Introduction to Professional Nursing

    4 credits

    NURS 351: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology I

    2 credits

    Nursing elective (one required; may be taken summer or spring)

    0–2 credits

    Term II (July-August)

    NURS 360: Socialization II, Nursing Research

    2 credits

    NURS 361: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology II

    4 credits

    Nursing elective (one required; may be taken summer or spring)

    0–2 credits

    Term III (May- August)

    NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients

    4 credits

    Total for summer sessions

    16–18 credits

    Fall semester

    NURS 322: The Client System of Nursing

    4 credits

    NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I (half-semester course; begins August)

    4 credits

    NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II (half-semester course; begins August)

    4 credits

    NURS 362: Practice of Nursing III (half-semester course; begins August)

    4 credits

    NURS 365: Pharmacology in Nursing

    2 credits

    Total for fall semester

    18 credits
    Winter semester
    NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV 4 credits
    Total for winter session 4 credits
    Spring semester
    NURS 470: Socialization III, Professional Issues 4 credits
    NURS 471: Practice of Nursing V 8 credits
    Nursing elective (one required; may be taken summer or spring) 0–2 credits
    Total for spring semester 12–14 credits
    TOTAL NURSING COURSE CREDITS 52 

Transfer credit

Students receive credit for advanced placement (AP) exam scores of 3 or better and International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level exam scores of 4 or better, in addition to receiving credit for other college-level courses completed during or after high school graduation.

Get more information about transfer credits and equivalencies here:

Application criteria

Applicants must have completed a previous bachelor’s degree, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 average in the prerequisite requirements.

Candidates are encouraged to contact Decker advising with questions regarding transfer courses. Any required prerequisites may be taken in person or online at any accredited college or university. Courses may be in progress during application review, but preference will be given to applicants who have completed all prerequisites at the time of application submission. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the program.

Prior academic achievement, résumé, ability to study full-time for one calendar year, and evidence of prior work or volunteer experience that enhances knowledge of current nursing practice will all be taken into consideration by the admissions committee. Neither a personal statement nor a letter of recommendation are required, but may be submitted if the applicant wishes to do so.

Application procedures

Admission to the program is competitive as space is limited. The application and supporting documentation are due November 15. It is important to submit your application early to ensure completion by the deadline. Submission is not immediate; processing takes at least 7–14 days. Late applications are accepted and will be reviewed if space is available at the time of application. Most admission decisions are released in January and February.

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

Admitted students must submit their enrollment deposit by April 1 or within 20 days of the date printed on their admission letter, whichever is later.

Visit Binghamton University's Undergraduate Admissions webpage for complete application instructions. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 607–777–2171.

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts group information sessions and student-guided tours of the campus on most weekdays and selected weekends throughout the year. We encourage you to visit when classes are in session if your schedule allows. 

Last Updated: 2/28/17