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    Binghamton University State University of New York (SUNY) Decker School of Nursing offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, ABSN, MSN, PhD, and DNP degree programs including post-graduate Certificates and programs as Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Administrators, and Educators.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 88
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Binghamton, New York
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, CNS, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    In 1946, Binghamton University State University of New York (SUNY), a public institution, was founded.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – Traditional Freshman

    The program is for the high school graduate that has never attended college. 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. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) scores must also be submitted.

    BSN – Traditional Transfer

    The BSN - Traditional Transfer program is designed for those who have completed one or two years of undergraduate coursework at an accredited college or university (not Binghamton) and do not hold a Bachelor’s degree.

    Applicants must be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have an equivalent education. Candidates with less than 24 completed college credits must submit test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 average in the prerequisite requirements.

    Baccalaureate Accelerated Track (BAT)

    The program is designed for students that hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.

    Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Previous bachelor’s degree
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Minimum 3.0 average in prerequisites
    • All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of the program
    • Prior academic achievement
    • Resume
    • Documented prior work or volunteer experience that enhances knowledge of current nursing practice will all be taken into consideration

    RN to BSN

    The program is for the Registered Nurse or those who are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. A GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) is required.

    There is also an accelerated track available but students must have all General Education, nursing prerequisite and general elective courses completed as well as must be licensed with at least one full year of work experience as an RN at the time of application.

    BSN - Double Degree

    The program is for the current Binghamton University students that desire to hold two degrees; one in nursing and a second degree at another school at Binghamton.

    After successful graduation, the students are eligible to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) to become RNs.

    Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 average in the prerequisite requirements.

    BSN - Intra-University Transfer

    This program is for current Binghamton University students, in any field, that have a desire to transfer into the Decker School of Nursing.

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    NOTE: In April 2018, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) made the commitment to move all entry-level nurse practitioner education to the DNP degree. To maintain currency with this national nursing recommendation, the Decker School will transition its Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specialty programs to the DNP degree starting in spring 2020. Binghamton University will admit their final cohort to the master's advanced practice NP programs in fall 2019.

    Specialties

    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Administrator
    • Educator
    • Nurse Practitioner

    Certificates

    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Nursing Education
    • Forensic Health

    Additionally, students that hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing and certification as a nurse midwife may complete requirements for a master's degree in family nursing.

    APRN Specialties

    • Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Application Criteria (not all inclusive)

    • BSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited school of nursing
    • Descriptive statistics course with a grade of 'C' or better
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the U.S.
    • Passed the NCLEX-RN examination prior to the start of clinical courses
    • Two academic or professional references
    • Personal statement
    • Resume or CV
    • One year of full-time employment is strongly encouraged prior to beginning a program of study
    • GRE scores are not routinely required however may be requested

    APRN Post-Master's Certificates

    • Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
    • Community Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    APRN Specialty Areas

    • Family Health Nursing NP
    • Community Health Nursing NP
    • Adult-Gerontological Nursing NP or CNS
    • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing NP

    BS to DNP

    PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the post-BS to DNP program has been temporarily suspended; international students are ineligible to apply to the DNP program due to U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulations.

    Application Post-BS to DNP (not all inclusive)

    • BSN from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program
    • GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the U.S.
    • Taken and passed the NCLEX-RN examination prior to the start of clinical courses
    • Successful completion of a descriptive statistics course
    • Submission of a 500-1,000-word essay
    • One year of full-time RN employment as a professional RN is strongly recommended
    • Resume or CV
    • Evidence of professional productivity, Scholarship, involvement in research, etc.
    • Interview with program director or member of the DNP admissions committee

    Application - Post-Master's to DNP (not all inclusive)

    • MSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
    • BSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
    • Graduate GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the U.S.
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist in the U.S. 
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Successful completion of a graduate-level statistics course within the past five years
    • Submission of a 500-1,000-word essay
    • Resume or CV
    • Proof of national certification as a Nurse Practitioner

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    The program is a research-based degree that requires 52–54 credit hours of study and successful completion and defense of a dissertation. The program is offered on Fridays. 

    Application Criteria (not all inclusive)

    • BSN from an ACEN or CCNE accredited school of nursing
    • GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Two papers that demonstrate your ability to analyze and synthesize nursing phenomena
    • Three recommendations
    • A statement of research interests and professional goals
    • Current, unencumbered license to practice as an RN in the U.S.
    • All applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX-RN examination prior to the start of clinical courses
    • Completion of a statistics course (within five years)
    • Resume or CV, including employment and education history
    • Personal interview

    Approval and Accreditation

    The New York State Board of Regents approved all nursing programs at Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing.

    Binghamton University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the BSN program, the MSN program, the DNP program, and the Post-graduate APRN certificate program.

    Rankings and Accolades

    US News & World Report (2020)

    • #80 (tie) in National Universities
    • #62 in Best Value Schools
    • #32 (tie) in Top Public Schools
    • #103 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #124 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #734 (tie) Best Global Universities

    NICHE (2019)

    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #56
    • Top Public Universities in America #59
    • Best Value Colleges in America #132
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #145
    • Best Colleges in America #170
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #178
    • Best College Dorms in America #207
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #222
    • Colleges with the Best Professors in America #326
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #327
    • Best College Food in America #615
    • Top Public Universities in New York #3
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in New York #3
    • Best College Dorms in New York #8
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in New York #15
    • Best Value Colleges in New York #15
    • Best Colleges in New York #17
    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in New York #24
    • Colleges with the Best Professors in New York #26
    • Most Diverse Colleges in New York #26
    • Most Liberal Colleges in New York #29
    • Best College Food in New York #35

    Princeton Review (2018)

    • The Best 384 Colleges
    • Best Northeastern
    • Colleges That Create Futures
    • Colleges That Pay You Back
    • Green Colleges

    Forbes (2019)

    • #38 America's Best Value Colleges
    • #123 Top Colleges
    • #30 in Public Colleges
    • #67 in Research Universities
    • #60 in the Northeast

    MONEY Magazine ranked Binghamton University #26 in Best Colleges For Your Money (2018).

    Binghamton University, State University of New York is ranked #18 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked #65 among all colleges (December 2017).

    Nurse.org listed Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing as 2018 Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in New York.

    "Decker School of Nursing, ranked the eighth best nursing school in New York state, has earned an enviable reputation among nursing programs worldwide and is recognized for its commitment to educational excellence and as a growing leader in nursing research, as demonstrated by the accomplishments of our Kresge Center for Nursing Research."

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