Program Options

Students have two program options to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Option 1 is for the basic student. Option 2 is for the returning R.N. who wishes to acquire the bachelor's degree.

Option 1

Students may enter the Basic B.S.N. program, whereby two years are spent fulfilling UH Hilo General Education and pre-nursing or pre-core requirements. Nursing courses are introduced in the third year after formal admission into the Nursing program on a competitive basis (See B.S.N. admissions criteria.)

Option 2

The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides the candidate the opportunity for educational and professional advancement. Students may enter the R.N. to B.S.N. program only if they have a current R.N. license and after being formally admitted into the upper-division nursing program (see B.S.N. admission criteria). Students may elect to complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Full-time students are expected to complete the one-year (30 semester hours) course sequence. Part-time students are expected to take all non-clinical courses prior to taking courses that include practicum. Regular advisement with faculty is critical for successful completion of requirements for graduation.

Core Concepts of the UH Hilo BSN Program

As a Provider of Care and as a Teacher and Communicator

As a Manager of Care

As a Participant Investigator

As a Member of the Profession

As a Promoter of Transcultural Caring

Nursing Courses