There are a number of requirements Decker School of Nursing students must fulfill. 

Health/clinical practice requirements 

Advanced practice and prelicensure nursing students must comply with regulations set by the New York State Department of Health, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University and affiliated agencies. 

Compliance is verified prior to and immediately following all deadlines. Failure to comply and/or maintain health/clinical practice requirements will negatively impact your time to degree.


Refer to the Student Records calendar for appropriate, corresponding add/drop deadline date; if the date isn't posted on the calendar yet, keep checking back.

  • Baccalaureate Accelerated Track students — summer term 3 add/drop deadline

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the health/clinical practice requirements deadline for BAT students was June 5, 2021.

  • Traditional (junior) students — fall semester add/drop deadline

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the health/clinical practice requirements deadline for junior students is Sept. 3, 2021.

  • Fall start graduate students — fall semester add/drop deadline
  • Spring start graduate students — spring semester add/drop deadline

Download the packet below that corresponds to your student status and follow the detailed instructions to complete your health/clinical practice requirements.

For continuing students, health/clinical practice requirements are due one calendar year from the date they were completed. Students may need to repeat the requirements within the academic year to maintain current health/clinical practice requirement status. 

Decker School of Nursing HIPAA policy

  • Read the HIPAA Policy

    Effective May 14, 2014

    Maintaining confidentiality is an integral part of nursing practice. Federal regulations guide the scope of practice of healthcare workers to safeguard protected health information (PHI) through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). PHI is defined by Health and Human Services to mean demographic and health information that makes the individual identifiable. This information includes, but is not limited to, names, addresses, date of birth, social security numbers or medical records numbers. This includes all demographic data that is related to the person’s physical or mental health, and/or the provision or payment regarding provision of care (past, present or future).*

    The Decker School of Nursing provides competency training for HIPAA to ensure the student is well versed with these regulations and the required behaviors necessary to ensure compliance. This policy outlines the corrective action for each level of a potential HIPAA violation, which could culminate in dismissal from the Decker School of Nursing. Maintaining HIPAA standards will be a clinical objective and evaluated with each course.

    Affiliating agencies that collaborate with the Decker School of Nursing maintain their own HIPAA standards to which students must adhere. These policies supersede Decker School of Nursing policies. A HIPAA violation may mean dismissal from a clinical site and could impede placement at other clinical sites, which may prevent meeting requirements for graduation from the Decker School of Nursing. Any student violations requiring legal representation will be at the expense of the student.

    The following guidelines are to be followed by students and faculty at the Decker School of Nursing:

    1. Maintain confidentiality by only sharing PHI with those who are considered individuals who need to know

    2. When you need to discuss PHI, hold conversations in private areas where others cannot hear the conversation.

    3. Shred PHI which is no longer necessary to maintain in approved shredding bins, if shredding bins are not available, destroy the document before disposal.

    4. Do not use patient names, date of birth, medical record numbers or social security numbers on Decker School of Nursing databases, papers or written assignments.

    5. Do not share PHI with family members, peers or those individuals who are not directly involved with care of the patient.

    6. Information shared during the clinical day and pre/post conference is not to be shared outside of the conference area.

    7. Students may not leave/save any patient, family, faculty, clinical facility or student information on any open access desktop or hard drive.

    8. PHI is not to be left open in public areas.

    9. PHI is not to leave the clinical site

    10. Computer screens and electronic health records with PHI are not to be left unattended; students are expected to log out before leaving the workstation.

    11. Students are not allowed to share their personal login or password information.

    * U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Summary of the HIPAA privacy rule.

    Download a guide to corrective actions related to concerns with HIPAA. You may also wish to review pertinent information in the Undergraduate Student Handbook

    Adapted with permission by Mary Ellen Murray, associate dean, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Device requirements

Decker School of Nursing 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 video and take exams on their device. Students are expected to bring the device as requested, fully charged (power may not be available), and adhere to individual course-use policies.

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

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

    Apple minimum requirements

    • OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS x 10.14 (Mojave) or macOS Catalina (10.15)
    • Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported
    8 GB memory
    Intel i5 or greater processor
    Highest recommended for the operating system OR 1GB of available space
    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 2+
    • iPad Pro

    Mobile operating systems supported

    • iOS 11
    • iOS 12
    • iOS 13
    • Only genuine versions of Apple iOS are supported
    500 MB of free space required
    iPad must not be jailbroken


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

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. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Due to COVID-19 and the challenges healthcare facilities are facing, nursing students and faculty must supply their own PPE for clinical experiences. The PPE required varies by clinical site and is changing regularly.

Decker has partnered with Scrubin Uniforms to offer the necessary items. When you place your order, use access code bingppe607. 

All students need the following:

  • Level 1 disposable masks: The level rating system refers to the mask's fluid-resistance, breathability, bacterial filtration, particulate filtration and flammability.
  • Eye protection. Goggles or a reusable face shield that covers the front and sides of the face are required. Personal eyeglasses and contact lenses are not considered adequate eye protection.

Students may also need:

  • Disposable clean gloves, powder free, non-latex 
  • Reusable standard level 1 precaution gown (effective for 75 washings)

Graduate only requirements 

Advanced practice equipment

Decker has partnered with MDF Instruments for special pricing on stethoscopes. Information about otoscopes/ophthalmoscopes and other supplies will be included in course syllabi/course recommendations if applicable. 


Decker School of Nursing graduate students are responsible for maintaining professional behavior and appearance, whether they are performing clinical (direct patient care) or nonclinical (i.e., clinical preparation, community observations) work. Review the Uniform Policy in the Decker School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook for details. 

Expenses related to graduate clinical experiences

Students in Decker's graduate nursing programs incur several expenses in addition to those noted above. Review Expenses in the Decker School of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook for details.

Undergraduate only requirements 

Beginning with the fundamental assessment course (NURS 321, Nursing Assessment of Clients), nursing students will need uniforms and assessment kits for clinical and simulation experiences.  

Assessment kits

The following medical equipment is needed during the first week of classes in Decker's undergraduate nursing programs:

  • Adult aneroid blood pressure cuff, nylon, any color
  • Professional level stethoscope with a diaphragm and bell, any color (for example: MDF MD or Littman Classic III level at a minimum)
  • Penlight with pupil gauge (do not buy a disposable model)
  • Bandage scissors
  • Hemostat, straight 5.5 inch
  • Wrist watch with a second hand
  • Small carrying bag to hold equipment

These items can be purchased separately at most locations that sell medical scrubs or in medical supply stores.

Special pricing available: As an option, Decker has partnered with the following companies for Undergraduate Assessment Kits with special offers:


Decker's uniform for undergraduate nursing students includes a hunter green, V-neck scrub top with the Decker School of Nursing logo on the left side and black scrub bottoms. Shoes must be closed toe and closed back, and all black or all white. Review the Uniform Policy in the Undergraduate Student Handbook for details. 

Additional expenses related to undergraduate clinical experiences

Students in Decker's undergraduate nursing programs incur several expenses in addition to those noted above. Review Clinical Experiences, Additional Expenses in the Decker School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook for details.