Hawaii Community College
Hawaii Community College
Division of Nursing & Allied Health
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
(808) 934-2650

Associate of Science in Nursing
This program prepares students to take the state licensure examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing with an option to take the practical nursing state licensure examination if they desire. Graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community based settings. The Associate of Science Degree program requires four semesters of course work in nursing (42 credits) and 30 credits of non-nursing prerequisite and co-requisite courses for a total of 72 credits. A grade of "C" or better is considered passing for all nursing and support courses. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better must be maintained to remain in the nursing program. All courses required for the degree must be taken for a letter grade.

The Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Licensed Practical nurses work in a variety of health care settings under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. The Certificate of Achievement consists of 6 semester hours of non-nursing support courses and 34 semester hours of nursing courses; 40 semester hours in all. The program is 40 weeks long and includes 2 semesters and an 8-week-long summer session.

Hawai'i Pacific University
Hawai'i Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
(808) 544-0200


At HPU, we believe that nursing education must be built upon a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences to prepare graduates who will practice as professional nurses in the multicultural environment of our global community. The liberally educated baccalaureate nurse has the ability to analyze, think critically, and yet express the compassion needed in today's ever-changing health care environment. Our challenging curriculum and competent, caring faculty will guide you in learning the hows and whys of caring for individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities. You will have an interesting variety of hands-on experiences in many of O'ahu's health care agencies and the opportunity to apply the concepts, theories, and skills learned in the classroom and on-campus laboratories in a wide range of clinical settings. In our global academic community, we learn from one another. We hope that you choose to join us for a quality baccalaureate nursing education.

Students who have been admitted to Hawai'i Pacific University, who are currently licensed as an RN in the state of Hawai'i may be enrolled in the RN to BSN Pathway.

Students who are Licensed Practical Nurses may be eligible for the pathway if they:
• Have completed ALL general education courses, nursing prerequisites, and Human Growth and Development prior to the first semester or nursing courses
• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, (Only courses meeting BSN requirements apply to GPA calculation), and must maintain 2.75 or higher GPA to remain in pathway
• Have a current Hawai`i State LPN license
• Have one (1) year of recent acute care experience

Kapi'olani Community College
Kapi'olani Community College
Kopiko Building, Room 201
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816-4421


Associate of Science in Nursing
The Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ANURS/ADN) Program is for individuals with no previous nursing education and who are interested in becoming a registered nurse. The ADN/ANURS Program can be completed within four semesters after program prerequisites are completed. Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum. Effective Fall 2012, the KCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program will be realigned with the UH-Manoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program via the Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum, thus enabling ADN graduates to continue their nursing education in pursuit of a BSN degree at UH-Manoa.

Kaua'i Community College
Kaua'i Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, Hawaii, 96766
(808) 245-8225

The Kauai Community College Nursing Program began as an LPN vocational program in 1958. It became an Associate Degree RN program in 1973 and was established as a career ladder nursing program approved by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and the Hawaii State Board of Nursing in 1980. Full National Leagues for Nursing accreditation was received for the first time in 1985 and again in 1993 and 2001.

Associate of Science in Nursing
The Kauai Community College Nursing Program is built around the career ladder concept. The faculty believe that ALL levels of nursing are important and contribute to the health care system in diverse and meaningful ways. The faculty also believe that our diverse student population requires many user-friendly entry and exit points in pursuing a nursing career and that there should be academic and career recognition and opportunity at each level. Accordingly, the faculty is committed to providing an educational system that meets these goals through a career ladder that first prepares the student for LPN licensure, then RN licensure, and finally provides easy transfer into BS education and beyond.

Maui College
University of Hawaii Maui College
310 Ka'ahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI 96732-1617
(808) 984-3500

Associate of Science in Nursing
Career Ladder program:

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
(808) 956-8939

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The bachelor of science degree prepares beginning-level generalist professional nurses to deliver care to individuals in a variety of health-care settings, meet the state requirements for eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), and obtain a sound basis for graduate study in nursing.

Master's Entry Program in Nursing
The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene is pleased to offer an accelerated alternative entry program to our Master of Science degree. The Master's Entry Program in Nursing is designed for adult learners:
• Who have not attended an RN educational program
• Who have a baccalaureate degree in another field other than nursing
• Who are leadership bound and seeking a career in advanced nursing
The purpose of the MEPN program is to prepare advanced nurses with excellent clinical and leadership skills. The program consists of a MEPN pre-licensure year of study that is delivered across three continuous semesters. The students then transition into one of several nursing specialities. The length of time necessary to complete the MS degree is dependent upon the specialty selected by the learner.
The first year of the curriculum is based on a competency model appropriate for graduate level adult learners. Active learning strategies are emphasized including clinical experience, simulation exercises, and a continuous emphasis on searching the literature for the most current evidence based research associated with nursing practice. At the foundation of the curriculum are the "Determinants of Health" as presented in the "Healthy People 2010" national agenda http://www.healthypeople.gov/. Emphasis is placed on health promotion and disease prevention as well as the care of the healthy, sick, and dying from a local, national and global perspective. A substantial amount of the curriculum is clinical practicum in community and hospital/health care settings where students are actively engaged in nursing care under the supervision and guidance of faculty. Threaded throughout the curriculum are research, safety, community health, and culture as well as the various contexts (i.e.historical & social) of nursing, the roles nurses play, and the core values of the profession.

Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science (MS) program is designed for registered nurses who seek to expand their knowledge and clinical expertise to assume advanced practice and leadership nursing roles. We offer several advanced practice nursing specialties in the MS program that address clinical care including primary care, critical care, community health, and executive nurse leadership.

University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
(808) 974-7414

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

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 Hawaii 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.