Decker School of Nursing

Traditional Freshman

General information and requirements

Today's complex healthcare system requires the best preparation for the professional practice of nursing. The Decker School of Nursing student receives this preparation in a four-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 state and national averages.

The Decker School directly admits an incoming freshman cohort each year. These students are considered nursing majors once they pay their enrollment deposit. It is not necessary for admitted freshmen to re-apply to the nursing program following completion of nursing prerequisites.

Curriculum

The program for the bachelor of science degree in nursing degree requires 126 credit hours of study, consisting of 52 credits of nursing courses and 74 credits of nursing prerequisites, general education courses and electives.

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 traditional sample curriculum plan and a traditional degree requirements worksheet.

  • Prerequisite coursework

    Prerequisite course completion is required prior to starting the core nursing courses. In the traditional four-year plan, nursing prerequisites typically take four semesters (freshmen and sophomore years) to complete.

    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.

  • 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

    Students who are successfully progressing through the nursing program are ready to begin the nursing major in the fall semester of 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. Students will also complete one required nursing elective, which enables them to study areas of particular interest within healthcare, such as holistic health, professional ethics, nutrition, sociocultural aspects of healthcare and health problems of the aging.

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

    Course

    Credits

    Term

    NURS 320: Socialization I: Introduction to Professional Nursing

    4

    junior year, fall

    NURS 321: Nursing Assessment of Clients

    4

    junior year, fall

    NURS 322: The Client System of Nursing

    4

    junior year, fall

    NURS 351: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology I

    2

    junior year, fall

    NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I

    4

    junior year, spring

    NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II

    4

    junior year, spring

    NURS 361: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology II

    4

    junior year, spring

    NURS 360: Socialization II: Nursing Research

    2

    senior year, fall

    NURS 362: Practice of Nursing III

    4

    senior year, fall

    NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV

    4

    senior year, fall

    NURS 365: Pharmacology in Nursing

    2

    senior year, fall

    NURS 470: Socialization III: Professional Issues

    4

    senior year, spring

    NURS 471: Practice of Nursing V

    8

    senior year, spring

    Nursing elective

    2-4

    any semester

  • Sample curriculum plan (sequence of courses)

    This is a sample of a typical program of study or sequence of courses for students in the undergraduate nursing program at the Decker School of Nursing.


    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

    4 credits

    Semester total

    16 credits

    Year 1, spring semester

    BIOL 118: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

    4 credits

    CHEM 102: Chemistry II

    4 credits

    PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology

    4 credits

    General Education

    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

    4 credits

    Semester total

    16 credits
    Year 2, spring semester
    BIOL 347: Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
    BIOL 319: Pre-Health Microbiology 4 credits
    BIOL 329: Pre-Health Microbiology Lab (optional) 0–2 credits
    General Education 4 credits
    General Education 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 and Psychopathology I 2 credits
    Semester total 14 credits
    Year 3, spring semester
    NURS 361: Pathophysiology and Psychopathology II 4 credits
    NURS 352: Practice of Nursing I 4 credits
    NURS 353: Practice of Nursing II 4 credits
    Elective (optional) 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 365: Pharmacology in Nursing 2 credits
    NURS 363: Practice of Nursing IV 4 credits
    Elective (optional) 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
    Nursing elective 2 credits
    Elective (optional) 0–4 credits
    Semester total 12–18 credits

Transfer credit

Students receive credit for advanced placement (AP) exam scores of 3 or better, 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 be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have an equivalent education. Admission is competitive and high school students must demonstrate strength in biology, chemistry and mathematics. In addition, candidates must submit test scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT).

For more information regarding freshman admission, contact Binghamton University's Undergraduate Admissions Office. If you have questions regarding application submission or review criteria, call the office at 607–777–2171.

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.

Application procedures

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

Visit

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.

Live and learn with fellow nursing students!

The nursing learning community (NLC) is an on-campus residential option for incoming freshman who have been directly admitted into the nursing program and for returning nursing students who previously resided there.

Students living in this community are placed in Mountainview Hall with close proximity to one another. Members of the community are required to enroll in a freshman course offered in the Appalachian Center in Mountainview.

A variety of activities designed specifically for freshman in nursing are offered throughout the year and academic support is provided by an upper-level resident assistant who is also majoring in nursing.

You will be able to apply for a learning community when you go through the University's housing process.

Last Updated: 2/28/17