Nursing Online Programs

Distance Learning Program

This page is subject to updating and revision.

Contact: Program Coordinator Jeanie Flood, (808) 932-7063.

Degree Level: Baccalaureate

Enrollments Fall 2012-Present: Option I (BSN students) take both online and face-to-face courses and are therefore not counted as strictly DL. Option II (RN to BSN): Fall 2012: 17; Spring 2013: 17; Fall 2013: 13.

Brief History of the BSN and the RN to BSN as a DL Programs: The School of Nursing offers two program options for students. Option I (BSN) is for the basic student who spends the first two years fulfilling UH Hilo General Education and pre-nursing requirements before formal admission into Nursing in the third year. Option II (RN to BSN) is a program that allows returning RNs to acquire a bachelor’s degree. The BSN was incepted in 1992. The RN to BSN program has been in place since Fall 2009. Both BSN and RN to BSN students take DL courses for their major requirements; both sets of students do face-to-face clinical practica. Both did not undergo substantive change review until the Fall of 2011, following UH Hilo’s discovery that programs with 50% or more of the credits for major upper-division requirements delivered via technology or off-campus required such review and approval.

The BSN and the RN to BSN options received substantive change approval (PDF) on October 12, 2011. The latter has served working RNs across the state since its inception; enrollments varied from semester to semester, subject to the vicissitudes in students’ lives and careers.

In Fall 2010, a memorandum of agreement with Kapi’olani Community College was signed, and the first cohort of KCC students began the RN to BSN program in Fall 2012. Talks are currently in process to extend the program to the Wai’anae Comprehensive Health Center on O’ahu.

The Nursing’s Distance Education Program received WASC approval on October 12, 2011.

Platforms for Delivery: Most required and elective content/theory courses are delivered online, primarily through Laulima, the UH system’s online learning management system. The three clinical courses are completed at clinical sites on each student’s home island. Faculty are available to students by phone, Skype, and email.

Integration of Program Students into the Life/Culture of UH Hilo: All currently enrolled BSN and RN to BSN students are inducted into the student organization Sigma Theta Tau in the Spring semester of the senior year.

Campus Support for Instructional Technology: UH Hilo’s Office of Campus Technology provides a full range of technological services to support programs, as well as faculty workshops during the academic year. The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs offers online and one-on-one faculty training in online course development and delivery. The Distance Learning Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, one IT staff, and the campus DL Coordinator, is charged with examining and recommending “institutional policies and practices for supporting the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of distance learning program and course offerings with a focus upon quality and connection to the mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.”

The University’s Strategic Plan 2011-2015 includes priority actions 3.2 “Upgrade the university’s technology infrastructure including computer laboratories and classrooms, wireless broadband across all areas of the campus, and new technologies to better support student learning, teaching effectiveness, and research”; and 4.5 “Improve higher education access, outreach and support for non-traditional and underserved populations through, but not limited to, select, high-quality distance learning programs island-wide and beyond….”

Student Services and Library Services Available to Program Students: The Division of Student Affairs offers online and on-campus students a full range of services; all offices are accessible by phone and email, and all offices have information-rich webpages. The Mo’okini Library provides both face-to-face and online assistance to students in use of both print and digital resources.

Faculty Participation in Curriculum Development, Teaching, and Assessment: The courses in the RN to BSN program are part of the BSN curriculum of the School of Nursing. All courses, required and elective, are developed, delivered, and assessed by regular School of Nursing faculty. Nursing faculty meet biweekly during the school year to monitor curriculum, student learning, and student success.

Comparability of Online and Face-to-Face Courses: All online courses are equivalent to, and most are identical to, face-to-face courses. A substantial portion of all BSN courses enroll on-campus/on-island students along with students on other islands.

Retention and Graduation Rates (RN to BSN): Fall 2012: 1; Spring 2013, 6; Summer 2013, 2.

Program Assessment: Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Map, Assessment Plan, Assessment Results: The School of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The RN to BSN program is integrated into the BSN program assessment system.

Contracts, Memoranda of Agreement with External Organizations: UH Hilo, through the School of Nursing and the RN to BSN program, has a memorandum of agreement with Kapi’olani Community College (PDF), as well as agreements with the Hawaiʻi Veterans Hospital (PDF)l and the Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation (PDF), where students complete their clinical training.