Mission, Vision and Philosophy


Our mission is to disseminate and advance knowledge about human healthcare, health promotion and the treatment of illness in individuals, families and communities, with an emphasis on rural and other vulnerable populations. 

Students educated in our undergraduate and graduate programs will learn to practice nursing from an evidence base. Consistent with our tradition as a public institution, the college provides educational access and support to culturally and economically diverse students in a culture of diversity, respect and success, with coursework and clinical experiences designed to promote socially just and competent care of all persons.

The college's ultimate goals are to prepare future leaders in nursing, healthcare and healthcare research, and to promote the research and scholarship of our faculty and students, with a particular focus on solving the most challenging health problems in rural and other vulnerable populations. Finally, using additional strategies, the college will continue to educate the public and other professionals about emerging and established healthcare regimens.

Our Department of Health and Wellness Studies provides education on the importance of healthy lifestyles. Combined, faculty from nursing and health and wellness studies bring synergy to research into issues of health promotion and disease prevention.


Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Binghamton University will continue its role as a leading institution in nursing education, and over the next five years will emerge as a major contributor to nursing research and healthcare advancement.


Our philosophy emphasizes the search for meaning, freedom of choice, integrity, personal responsibility, self-awareness, caring and compassion for self and others.