BSN 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 Hawaiʻi R.N. license and have been 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. NURS 410-410L Community Health Care (2), Community Hlt Care Practicum (3) are offered on alternating years with NURS 361 BSN Nursing Preview (3), NURS 362 Nursing Professional Writing (1), and NURS 457-457L Collaborative Hlt Care, Ldrshp (3), Collaborative Hlt Care Practic (2). Part-time students are expected to take all non-clinical courses prior to taking courses that include practica. Regular advisement with faculty is critical for successful completion of requirements for graduation.

  • Fall Semester (14 credits)
    • NURS 347-347L Health Assessment (3), Hlt Assessment Practicum (1)
    • NURS 350 Transcultural Care & Hlth Prom (3)
    • NURS 358 Nursing Research (3)
    • NURS 362 Nursing Professional Writing (1)
    • NURS Elective (3)
  • Spring Semester (16 credits)
    • NURS 361 BSN Nursing Preview (3)
    • NURS 375 Applied Human Nutrition (3)
    • NURS 410-410L Community Health Care (2), Community Hlt Care Practicum (3)
    • NURS 457-457L Collaborative Hlt Care, Ldrshp (3), Collaborative Hlt Care Practic (2)

Note: RN/BSN students must meet the UH Hilo residence requirement of 30 credits from UH Hilo.

R.N. to B.S.N. Distributed Learning (DL) Program

A Distributed Learning program is being implemented to help R.N. students in distant sites to access the B.S.N. program. This DL program will be expanded according to student needs and resource support. Contact the School of Nursing for more information.

NLN ACE II Test Requirement for RN’s without an Associate Degree

Diploma and foreign nursing degree candidates are required to take the National League for Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam II prior to entering the program. Consult with the Nursing advisor for help in arranging for proctored testing.