Traditional Transfer

General information and requirements

This program is for anyone who has completed one or two years of coursework at an accredited college/university (not Binghamton) and wishes to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing.

This program is also for anyone who has a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and wishes to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at a regular pace (non-accelerated).

See the BAT program if you wish to study at an accelerated pace.

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 two- or three-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 the state and national averages.

The Decker School allows transfer students to apply as incoming sophomores or juniors. Students are considered sophomores if they are admitted with prerequisites remaining, while those with completed prerequisites join the junior class.

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. Students may transfer in up to 78 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 (prior to fall 2018) or BIOL 113

    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 chemistry, anatomy and physiology include a laboratory component.

    Candidates are encouraged to contact the Decker Academic Advising and Student Services Office 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 should have completed all nursing prerequisites and be 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. For a list of approved nursing electives, see the Undergraduate Nursing Elective Policies section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

    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 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 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/Elective

    4 credits

    Semester total

    16 credits

    Year 1, spring semester

    BIOL 113 OR BIOL 118: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology

    4 credits

    CHEM 102: Chemistry II

    4 credits

    PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology

    4 credits

    General Education/Elective

    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/Elective

    4 credits

    Semester total

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

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 be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have an equivalent education. Admission is competitive and is based solely on academic performance, with an emphasis on the prerequisite courses. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 average in the prerequisite requirements.

Students applying for the sophomore class must have one of the following combination of prerequisites completed by their intended start date:

  • Chemistry I, Chemistry II and Introductory Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II and Microbiology

Repeated prerequisites are average together; they are not replaced with the highest grade for admission review. An applicant's introductory biology course grade will be included only if it increases the prerequisite GPA.

Candidates with fewer than 24 completed college credits must submit test scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).

For more information regarding transfer admission, contact Binghamton University Undergraduate Admissions. If you have specific questions regarding application submission call Undergraduate Admissions 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 degrees, courses, and grades in U.S. equivalencies to ensure applicants receive a timely and accurate application review.

Application procedure

Transfer applications are reviewed for the fall semester only. Applications are due by March 1. Note that students are not permitted to apply to both the traditional nursing program and the baccalaureate accelerated track program for the same year.

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.

If you are admitted to the Decker School of Nursing, there are health, device (hardware and software), uniform and equipment requirements you will need to comply with. See the Requirements webpage for additional information.

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.

The Decker School of Nursing also offers tours of the nursing facilities on select days throughout the year. You can register online for this tour.