Information about different academic requirements/ pre-requisites for students entering UH Hilo’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. See FAQs.

The Baccalaureate Nursing Program supports the mission of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in providing a learning environment that is responsive to the needs of a diverse student population and that stresses rigorous high quality education in a caring, personalized atmosphere. This educational experience encourages student-faculty interactions and offers hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. The Nursing Program emphasizes life long learning and teaches students to deliver culturally congruent nursing care in a rural environment.

The Bachelor of science in Nursing program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) School of Nursing (SON) meets the state education requirements for a Registered Nurse license in the state of Hawaiʻi. The UH Hilo SON has not determined if the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.

Admission into the program is very competitive and is based on student grades in the Natural Science grades (CHEM 141 , NURS 348 , NURS 203 , BIOL 243-243L , BIOL 244-244L , BIOL 275-275L ) and TEAS scores. NS courses may be taken a maximum of 2 times. The ‘BSN Recommended Class Scheduling’ in the menu to the right maps out the courses that are required during the first 2 years, and the final 2 years while in the program.

We strongly recommend that keep in contact with your advisor to receive the latest information on the admissions process.

The UH Hilo BSN Program offers

  • A curriculum developed with input from a highly qualified community advisory board.
  • A unique transcultural thread throughout its curriculum emphasizing respect for multi-ethnic populations.
  • An emphasis on facilitating learning pathways for RN's.
  • An emphasis on research, practice and education in the nursing professions.
  • Students have an opportunity to engage in health-related projects in the community (i.e. health teaching in the elementary schools, blood pressure and diabetic screening activities).
  • The only Baccalaureate Nursing program on the outer islands, in a smaller community setting. UH Hilo students are offered rural clinical learning experiences.
  • A learning lab with low and high fidelity manikins in a simulated hospital environment