Baccalaureate Nursing Program

RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the UH Hilo RN to BSN program a completely online program?
  2. What are the hourly requirements for the clinical courses?
  3. Can I work and be in the program?
  4. Can I live anywhere and apply to the program?
  5. When are applications accepted?
  6. Do I have to complete all of the prerequisites before applying?
  7. How many courses do I have to take each semester?
  8. How long will it take for me to complete the program?
  9. What if I decide to take a semester or two off once I am admitted?
  10. Why are there so many different advising checklists?
  11. What are the core courses I take and which semester?
  12. How do I get started?

1. Is the UH Hilo RN to BSN program a completely online program?

No. For the core program, all the theory courses are online but three classes have a clinical component (NURS 457L , NURS 410L and NURS 347L )

2. What are the hourly requirements for the clinical courses?

For each credit hour of a clinical course, you are expected to allot 3 hours of time for 16 weeks. For NURS 347L Health Assessment, you practice on your own time, maintain a log of hours, and meet twice during the semester for check off.

For NURS 457L , Collaborative Healthcare, a 2 credit course, you allot 6 hours per week to work with agency on a group project. You may opt to complete more than six hours per week to complete your clinical earlier in the semester. Students must be prepared for commute time to sites across the island as the community sites are limited.

For NURS 410L , a 3 credit course, you allot 9 hours per week. Some of the hours are waived for the completion of the paper which is part of the course. Generally, students must complete 112 hours over the course of the semester at a community agency. Students may do one or two days per week, some take vacation time to complete the hours. Students must be prepared for commute time to sites across the island as the community sites are limited.

3. Can I work and be in the program?

That depends. Some students are able to adjust their work schedule around the clinical courses and their family life. It is very difficult with a full time job. School requires a time commitment both for the online theory courses as well as the clinical courses. If you work a Monday through Friday job, you would need to take vacation or arrange with your employer time off to complete the clinical hours during the week

4. Can I live anywhere and apply to the program?

No. The program is currently available to students living on Maui, Oʻahu, Kauaʻi or Hawaiʻi Islands. However, if you have finished the clinical courses while living on one of the above islands, you could complete any outstanding theory courses on line. For Oʻahu students, UH Hilo is working with Kapiʻolani Community College to offer our program on Oʻahu. For advising on Oʻahu please contact KapCC at kapnurs@hawaii.edu

5. When are applications accepted?

Applications for the RN to BSN program are available on the UH Hilo School of Nursing Website and must be submitted by March 31st for the following fall admission and October 1st for spring admission. Students will be notified by mail of admission status. If not already enrolled, you must also apply to UH Hilo.

6. Do I have to complete all of the prerequisites before applying?

Yes. Once you are admitted to the RN to BSN program, there is a $500 per semester professional fee so it is important to complete all prerequisites before applying. However, you may apply if you are able to complete any outstanding prerequisites during the spring and summer session before you start the core RN to BSN courses. You may also take the nursing elective and NURS 362 prior to admission to the program.

7. How many courses do I have to take each semester?

It is up to you to decide how many course you want to take at a time. Many working RNs are only able to take one or two courses per semester. If you are working less, you may wish to take more courses per semester. Please be aware that core nursing courses are only offered once per year (either in spring or in fall semester) so plan accordingly (See advising checklist).

8. How long will it take for me to complete the program?

It depends on how many courses you take each semester. For full time students who are graduates from a UH system community college, courses could be completed in as few as three semesters and a summer session.

9. What if I decide to take a semester or two off once I am admitted?

The School of Nursing follows the same guidelines as the University. In summary, “any student who terminates his/her enrollment at the University by withdrawing from all classes, by not registering for a semester
and who subsequently desires to return must reapply for admission.” Students will also need to resubmit an application for the RN to BSN program with updated health requirement documentation.

10. Why are there so many different advising checklists?

UH Hilo implemented new general education requirements for students admitted to UH Hilo starting Fall 2011. If a student has attended any campus in the UH system from Fall 2010, they may follow the general education requirements in place prior to Fall 2011. Each year more courses become gen ed certified so the number of courses on the checklist changes year to year.

11. What are the core courses I take and which semester?

BSN Core 27 credits:

  • Fall Offerings:
    • NURS 350 Transcultural Care & Health Promotion (3)
    • NURS 358 Nursing Research (3)
    • NURS 347 Health Assessment (3)
    • NURS 347L Health Assessment Practicum (1)
    • NURS 362 Nursing professional Writing (1)
    • Nurs Elective (3)
  • Spring Offerings:
    • NURS 410L Community Health Care Practicum (3)
    • NURS 410 Community Health Care (2)
    • NURS 457 Collaborative Health Care, Leadership (3)
    • NURS 457L Collaborative Health Care Practicum (2)
    • NURS 361 BSN Nursing Preview (3)

12. How do I get started?

Fill out the advising checklist located on the School of Nursing Website or Distance Learning Website. Submit it to Patricia Hensley (RN to BSN advisor) and schedule an advising session if you have more questions.