There are a number of requirements Decker School students must fulfill. Below, you will find information about the following:

Health requirements

Advanced practice and pre-licensure nursing students must comply with regulations set by the New York State Department of Health, the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University and affiliated agencies. Compliance is verified prior to and immediately following all deadlines.


  • Graduate students (spring start) — January 1
  • Baccalaureate accelerated track students — May 1
  • Traditional (junior) students — July 1
  • Graduate students (fall start) — August 1

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

Decker School of Nursing HIPAA policy

Effective May 14, 2014

  • HIPAA Policy

    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

The Decker School of Nursing requires students 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.


PC minimum requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English, French, Portuguese, Swedish and British versions of Windows Operating Systems are supported
  • Windows RT and 10 S are not supported

Apple minimum requirements

  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or OS X 10.12 (Sierra) or higher
  • Only genuine versions of Mac Operating Systems are supported

8 GB memory

i5 or greater processor

256 GB or greater hard drive

USB port (newer devices may require an adapter)

3-year manufacturer warranty recommended, but not required


Suitable devices

  • iPad Air+
  • iPad Mini 3+
  • iPad Pro

Mobile operating systems supported

  • iOS 10
  • iOS 11
  • 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.


Undergraduate uniforms and assessment kits

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.


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.


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 Cardiology II 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. 

The Decker School of Nursing has partnered with MDF Instruments and Supplies to offer an Undergraduate Assessment Kit and advanced practice equipment at a discounted rate. In addition, 10% of every purchase is donated back to Decker.

Additional expenses related to undergraduate clinical experiences

Students in undergraduate nursing programs at the Decker School of Nursing incur several expenses in addition to the uniforms and assessment kits noted above. Review Clinical Experiences, Additional Expenses in the Undergraduate Student Handbook for details.