*L. Magnussen, EdD (Interim Dean)—maternal-child
M. J. Amundson, PhD—psychiatric mental health-children and adolescents
Degrees and Certificate Offered: BS in nursing, MS in nursing, PhD in Nursing and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing
The Academic Program
The Department of Nursing’s undergraduate program provides two options: (a) the bachelor of science degree pathway, which admits students following completion of a minimum of 34 credit hours of general education and nursing prerequisite courses in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, (b) the accelerated bachelor of science degree pathway which admits students after the completion of a baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite course work, and (c) the RN to BS pathway, which allows entry after the completion of the AS degree or diploma program in nursing.
The program leading to the master of science (MS) in nursing degree prepares the student for advanced practice nursing. The MS options prepare the nurse for advanced practice in adult, family, gerontology, child health, women’s health, psychiatric-mental health, or clinical systems management. The master’s program provides the foundation for doctoral study.
The Department of Nursing offers the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing for nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing but wish to acquire expertise in another specialty.
The PhD in nursing prepares scholars who are capable of conducting culturally appropriate clinical scholarship to improve the health of a diverse society and to teach in nursing educational programs, especially those with minority student populations.
When funding is available, the RN to BS, masters, and PhD programs may be offered as a distance education program for the professional advancement of registered nurses. A variety of technologies are used in distance education including videoconferencing, HITS, web-based methods or a combination of technologies. Admission requirements, curriculum, and course descriptions for the programs are the same as those of UH Manoa. The programs are designed with part-time students in mind.
For further information, contact the school’s Office of Student Services at (808) 956-8939. All policies and procedures that apply to UH Manoa students apply to students enrolled in distance learning opportunities.
Student and Faculty Awards
Each graduating class recognizes an outstanding faculty educator and graduating students who have made significant contributions in service, leadership, and professionalism. Academic excellence is also recognized by an award to the student with the highest grade point average.
The nursing programs are accredited by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission 1, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 2.
1 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 61 Broadway
- 33rd Floor, New York City, NY 10006, Phone: (800) 669-1656
Criminal Background Checks And/Or Drug Testing
Hospitals and other clinical agencies may require a criminal background check and/or drug testing of students in order to meet their hospital accreditation (JCAHO) requirements. The UH Department of Nursing will not be collecting this information. It will be your responsibility to provide this information to the clinical facilities, if requested.
The following statement has been issued by the University Legal Council:
“It is the responsibility of the student to satisfactorily complete affiliated hospital background checks and drug testing requirements in accordance with procedures and timelines as prescribed by the affiliated hospital. Nursing students are required to complete University prescribed academic requirements that involve clinical practice in a University-affiliated hospital setting with no substitution allowable. Failure of a student to complete the prescribed University nursing clinical practice in a University-affiliated hospital shall be deemed as not satisfying nursing academic program requirements.”
If the requirements set forth by the hospital are not met by the individual student, the university is not responsible to provide a substitute clinical facility or clinical experience. Therefore, refusal of a hospital or clinical facility to allow a student in their clinical facility due to negative information will result in the student not being allowed to continue in the nursing program.
Office of Student Services
Academic advising is available in the school’s Office of Student Services. Potential applicants to the program should attend a program information session prior to scheduling an individual meeting with the adviser. Students in need of advising should call for appointments. All undergraduate nursing students are invited to meet with the adviser regarding their progress toward the chosen degree. The adviser provides an annual written assessment of student progress to degree.
Preparation for Graduation
Students are advised to check with the academic adviser to make sure that all requirements are met at least one semester before the scheduled graduation date.
An application for graduation must be submitted with a degree fee to the Cashier’s Office (Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 001). This should be done during the first three weeks of the semester the student intends to graduate.
Diplomas for graduate and undergraduate students can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records, Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 001, 10 weeks after graduation. A request to mail the diploma may be filed at the Office of Admissions and Records.
National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Upon graduation from the bachelor of science program, students have their names submitted to the Board of Nursing, which qualifies them to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The school’s Office of Student Services is available to assist with the application process. Application forms are available at www.state.hi.us/dcca/pvl. There are no specific filing deadlines.
Students who wish to take nursing licensing boards in another state must contact that state’s board of nursing directly. Addresses of state boards of nursing are available from the Hawai‘i Board of Nursing, (808) 586-3000 or via the web at www.ncsbn.org.
For career and leadership development, it is important for students to become active in student and professional organizations. There are several student organizations at UH Manoa.
Student Nurses Organization
All undergraduate nursing students can participate in the Student Nurses Organization (SNO). The organization provides an opportunity for students to develop professional identity and leadership skills. Students express their interests and opinions in an open forum. This student organization makes recommendations regarding policies to the various committees within the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. The Student Nurses Organization is responsible for the coordination of various volunteer and fundraising activities of nursing students. It also offers an opportunity for students to socialize with each other and create mentoring relationships.
National Student Nurses’ Association
The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) acts as the voice of nursing students on the national level. NSNA contributes to nursing education in order to provide the highest-quality health care. It helps nursing students keep in touch with fundamental and current professional interests and become active, responsible, and professional nurses. NSNA is part of the American Nurses’ Association; the Hawai‘i Student Nurses’ Association is the local chapter of the NSNA.
Sigma Theta Tau
Sigma Theta Tau is the international honor society in nursing that promotes excellence in academic scholarship, research, and clinical nursing. Students must be nominated to become a member. The Gamma Psi Chapter is the UH Manoa chapter of the honor society.
Pre-nursing students enroll in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences to complete General Education Core and pre-nursing requirements. Completion of these courses provides the foundation for professional nursing courses. After satisfactory completion of the pre-nursing courses, students are eligible for admission to the Department of Nursing. Upon admission to the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, students register for the upper division nursing courses, which focus on both the theoretical and practice dimensions of professional nursing.
The undergraduate nursing program also offers a degree path open to registered nurses who have graduated from an associate degree or diploma program outside the UH system. A transfer agreement between UH Manoa and the UH Community College Associate of Science in Nursing programs provides a seamless transition from the UH Community College to UH Manoa.
To qualify for admission to the Department of Nursing, applicants must complete the following pre-nursing requirements:
Students are advised to carefully review the course descriptions and prerequisites for the lower division courses.
Applicants are advised to attend one of the twice monthly orientation sessions at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene or meet with the academic adviser before submitting an application. For more information, please call the Office of Student Services or visit the website at www.nursing.hawaii.edu.
Two separate application forms—the UH System Application Form to UH Manoa and the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene application form—must be submitted before an applicant can be considered for admission to the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.
Students enrolled as classified day students at UH Manoa during the semester immediately preceding the semester of desired entry must complete the college and curriculum transfer request form, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Services, Webster 201.
Applicants must also submit a photocopy of grades to the Office of Student Services if enrolled in courses at any community college or other university during the semester immediately preceding the semester of entry into the school.
The deadlines are March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. All documents must be received by the Office of Student Services no later than the deadline dates.
Upon entrance into the program, students must have the following:
*Health Provider level BLS Course curriculum and testing include modules of Heartsaver adult, pediatric obstructed airway, and pediatric one rescuer and two rescuer CPR.
ALL special requirements must be cleared before registration for the new semester by presenting photocopies of CPR certification (card), health insurance policy, titer results, vaccinations, TB clearance, and the health certification form to the Office of Student Services. Students with prerequisite deficiencies may not register for or attend clinical courses.
Students must take a tuberculosis screen test annually or chest x-ray as required. Nursing students who have not taken a TB skin test within the last twelve (12) months must take the two step TB test. CPR certification must be renewed every two years.
Students are also required to have health insurance. A student medical insurance plan is offered through UH Manoa. For information, call University Health Services, (808) 956-8965.
Students in nursing programs are exposed to selected health risks related to the environment of their learning experiences. Clinical labs are held in medical centers, clinics, and in various community locations.
Most agencies will render emergency care at the clinical site, but students are financially liable for all care received, including emergency room charges.
Nursing students are expected to participate in clinical experiences in many community agencies at variously scheduled times. Therefore, students must make time and transportation arrangements to accommodate an irregular academic schedule.
All undergraduate students accepted as majors in the nursing program may register for nursing courses. Students must attain a grade of at least C (not C-) in all “critical” nursing courses (identified by * in curriculum on this page) to continue registration for the following semester.
Students may be dismissed from the program for failing to maintain academic and clinical experience standards of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Students wishing to return to the program must file a petition to continue, available at the Office of Student Services, Webster 201, by the specified deadline (see the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Student Handbook).
BS in Nursing (Generic Curriculum)
The bachelor of science in nursing 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.
After satisfactory completion of the pre-nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for admission to the Department of Nursing. Upon admission, students register for the upper division courses. The upper division curriculum focuses on both the theoretical and practical dimensions of professional nursing.
To qualify for a BS in nursing, all undergraduate students must complete curriculum requirements with a grade of C (not C-) or higher and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
*Courses that require a grade of C or better or “credit.”
BS Curriculum for Registered Nurses
(RN to BS Pathway)
The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene undergraduate nursing curriculum offers an upper division degree path for those with an associate degree in nursing from within the UH system. This curriculum is also open to registered nurses who have graduated from associate degree or diploma programs outside the UH system. The upper division courses build on the knowledge, skills, socialization, and experience in the discipline of nursing and the UH Manoa General Education Core requirements. Emphasis is on critical thinking and the integration of new information and competencies. The RN to BS pathway offers nursing content not included in the AS degree curriculum.
Registered nurses interested in furthering their formal education by earning a BS in nursing but who have graduated from a diploma school or non-NLN accredited associate degree program are encouraged to apply to the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. These nurses are required to take the National League for Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams (NLN ACE) and complete the prerequisite lower division courses prior to entry into the upper division nursing major.
The track requires 64 credits of General Education Core and nursing prerequisite courses. Thirty (30) upper division nursing credits are granted for prior nursing education. Thirty-three (33) additional upper division nursing credits are required with a grade of C (not C-) or higher in all nursing courses.
Semester 1 (Based on Fall Admission)
Summer Session 1
*The changes in these requirements pertain to students admitted to the UH System beginning Fall 2001. Please see the adviser if you have questions.
Using a community-based approach, the master of science in nursing program prepares nurses for advanced practice.
Primary Health Care Options
The advanced practice nursing option in primary health care prepares nurses to practice as nurse practitioners in adult, child, family, or gerontology. Post-master’s certificates are also available in these specialties. The curriculum prepares students with the skills to deliver care in a changing health care system and job market, and to further develop in the professional discipline of nursing.
Specialty advisers from the graduate faculty will assist students in developing individualized programs of study and in monitoring progress toward program completion. All specialties require at least 4 semesters of full-time study. Part-time study can also be arranged. Thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) are both available.
The total number of credits required varies depending on clinical specialty. The program consists of graduate core courses, advanced practice nursing core courses (pathophysiology, advanced assessment and clinical reasoning, pharmacology) and specialty core courses. Graduates of these options are eligible to take national certification exams in the area of specialty. The number of supervised clinical hours required is a minimum of 585 or thirteen credit hours of NURS 675. Students, additionally, may select a thesis option for six credits.
Psychiatric Mental Health Options
The advanced practice psychiatric/mental health specialization offers a clinical nurse specialist preparation that focuses on the expanded role of the psychiatric mental health advanced practice nurse in the health care system. The focus is on psychosocial and biological knowledge for the core specialization with practice in primary, acute, chronic, and population-based care. The total number of credits required for graduation range from 41 to 47 (if the thesis option is selected). The core courses are NURS 620 Methods and Measurements in Nursing Research, NURS 630 Information Systems in Health Care, NURS 639 Disciplinary Knowledge, and a health policy course. Twenty-nine credits are required for the specialty area concentration: NURS 611 Mental Health Assessment and Diagnosis, NURS 612 Advanced Health Assessment, NURS 616 Psychophysiology of Human Behavior or equivalent course, NURS 625 Advanced Practice Nursing Roles, NURS 623 Psychopharmacology, NURS 632 Therapeutic Modalities, NURS 646 Advanced Psychiatric-Mental Health Practicum, and NURS 612L Advanced Practice Clinical. A minimum of 500 supervised clinical hours is required. Students may select a thesis for an additional six credits. A post-master’s certificate option is also available in this area.
Clinical Systems Management
A clinical systems management area of focus is also offered. The clinical systems management curriculum provides the student with the content and practical experience needed to succeed in an administrative position in today’s competitive marketplace. The curriculum prepares professional nurses for entry and mid-level positions in the management of clinical systems.
Academic advisers selected from the graduate faculty will assist students with the development of individualized programs of study and monitor progress towards degree. This specialty area requires at least four semesters of full-time study and leads to a master of science degree. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.
The total number of credits required for graduation is 36. Core courses (12 credits) are NURS 620 Methods and Measurements in Nursing Research, NURS 630 Information Systems in Health Care, NURS 639 Disciplinary Knowledge, and a health policy course. Eighteen credits are required for the clinical systems management area of concentration: NURS 662 Management and Leadership of Clinical Systems, NURS 663 Clinical Systems Management I, NURS 664 Clinical Systems Practicum, NURS 665 Clinical Economics and Finance, NURS 774 Clinical Systems Management II, NURS 775 Capstone Field Study. One 3 credit course in human resources management plus an elective are also required. Twelve contact hours of clinical practice per week are required for NURS 664 and NURS 775. Students may select a thesis option for an additional six credits.
RN to MS Program (with non-nursing baccalaureate)
The RN to MS Program (with non-nursing baccalaureate) targets registered nurses (RNs) who are graduates of an NLN accredited associate degree or diploma and have a baccalaureate degree in an area other than nursing. The following baccalaureate nursing courses or equivalent are required prior to enrolling in the master’s program: NURS 439 Management, NURS 441 Nursing Research, NURS 471/L Community Health Nursing, and FSHN 475 Nutrition. The admission progression, and graduation requirements are the same as for options within the master’s program.
To be admitted, applicants must meet the requirements of both the Graduate Division and the Graduate Student Affairs Committee of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Requirements for the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene include the following:
Upon entrance to the program, students must have the following:
Students with deficiencies may not register or attend clinical courses.
Two separate application forms must be completed: the Graduate Division application form and the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene application form. The Graduate Division application form and, official transcripts, must be sent directly to:
The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene application form is available in the Office of Student Services, Webster 201 or online at www.nursing.hawaii.edu. The completed form and all other admission materials must be sent directly to:
Completed applications are reviewed and evaluated by the Graduate Division Admissions Office; completed applications are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene for comprehensive review by the School’s Graduate Faculty. The School then makes a recommendation to the Graduate Division to either admit the student or deny admission.
Applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. The application forms and supporting documents must be received at the designated offices by March 1 for fall and October 1 for spring.
After completing an MS degree program, students may select to enroll in the post-master’s certificate option. This certificate permits students with an MS in nursing to pursue clinical course work in a second nursing specialty.
The PhD in nursing program prepares scholars who are capable of conducting culturally appropriate clinical scholarship to improve the health of a diverse society and teaching in nursing educational programs, especially those with minority student populations.
Academic advisers will be selected from the graduate faculty based on students’ area of research interest and fit with faculty. The program requires 45 credits of post-master’s course work plus a dissertation. Two core areas make up the program of study: (1) Knowledge Development and Clinical Scholarship and (2) Nursing Education. Electives and support courses make up the remainder of the course work. The PhD program requires a minimum of two years of full-time study plus one year to complete the dissertation. Part-time study is also available. The part-time pathway will be individualized based on how quickly the student is able to progress.
The nursing education component of the program prepares students to teach in nursing programs with a diverse student body. The nursing education courses (8 credits) are NURS 745 Creative Learning Strategies for Adults, NURS 747 Curriculum Development, and NURS 748 Supervised Practicum in Teaching.
The knowledge development and clinical scholarship component of the program prepares students to conduct culturally appropriate research in nursing. Substantive nursing content is acquired through the disciplinary knowledge sequence of courses. In the clinical scholarship sequence, students develop skills in methods, design, and measurement in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The knowledge development and clinical scholarship courses (26 credits) are NURS 739 Advanced Nursing Science, a qualitative and quantitative methods course, NURS 751 Evidence Based Nursing Practice I, NURS 767 Culturally Competent Research Methods, NURS 777 Nursing Research Practicum, two advanced statistics courses to meet the specific research focus of the student, and NURS 699 Proposal Development.
Electives and support courses, such as NURS 650 Complementary and Traditional Care, comprise an additional 12 credits for a total of 45 credits of course work.
The master’s courses have been designed to allow seamless progression from MS to PhD. BS students admitted must complete the MS degree requirements in nursing receiving an MS degree as they progress seamlessly to the PhD.
Applicants must meet the requirements of both the Graduate Division and graduate admissions committee of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Requirements for the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene include the following:
Requirements for Clinical Scholarship
Two separate application forms must be completed: the Graduate Division application and the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene PhD program application form. The Graduate Division application form and official transcripts must be sent directly to:
An on-line application is available through www.hawaii.edu/graduate.
The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene PhD program application form is available in the Office of Student Services, Webster 201. In addition, applications can be downloaded from the web at www.nursing.hawaii.edu and mailed to the school. The completed form and all other admission materials must be sent directly to:
Completed applications are first screened by the Graduate Division Admissions Office. Only applications of students who meet the UH’s minimum requirements are forwarded to the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene for comprehensive review by the school’s graduate faculty. The school then makes a recommendation to the Graduate Division to either admit the student or deny admission
Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. The application forms and supporting documents must be received at the designated office by March 1.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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