For Current UH Manoa, Pre-Nursing, Transfer, and Veteran Students

Program Description

This program offers admission for the fall semester, and gives traditional students and current veteran students an opportunity for educational advancement. With the Bachelor of Science degree, students are prepared to proceed to graduate education and pursue career development. Admission to the Traditional BS in Nursing program is competitive. Preference for admission will be given to Hawaii resident applicants.

The Bachelor of Science degree prepares beginning-level generalist professional nurses to deliver care to individuals in a variety of health-care settings, and meet the state requirements for eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Applicants to the program are highly encouraged to attend an open house event or an informational session. Please see the event page for upcoming events.

Fast Facts

  • Two-step application process.
  • Outstanding faculty committed to advancing health care delivery.
  • Cohort program designed to be completed in 3 years.
  • Individual academic advising and support throughout the program.

Traditional Bachelor of Science Nursing Class Profile

  Fall 2023 Fall 2024
Total Applicants 315 340
       Resident 128 of 315 108 of 340
       Non-Resident 187 of 315 232 of 340
Enrolled 33 37
       Resident 23 of 33 28 of 37
       Non-Resident 10 of 33 9 of 37
Acceptance Rate 10.5% (33 of 315) 10.9% (37 of 340)
Average Combined GPA 3.86 3.82
Average Prerequisite GPA 3.90 3.87
Average TEAS Overall Score 87% 88%
Average TEAS Reading Score 86% 89%
Average TEAS Math Score 95% 96%
Average TEAS Science Score 86% 82%
Average TEAS English & Language Use Score 86% 90%

How to Apply

Fall (August) 2025 (admission) Applications Available: September 1, 2024

Final Deadline: January 5, 2025, 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Two-Step Application Process

Application Requirements are found in the online applications listed below. All required applications and admissions materials must be submitted by the final deadline of January 5th. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Step 1 – Apply to UH Manoa Undergraduate Admissions

Step 2 – Apply to Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NCAS)

  • Required for ALL applicants
  • Fee: $60
  • Planned Course of Study: BS in Nursing – Hawaii State Nursing Consortium (HSNC)

Admission Requirements

For admissions review, a holistic review process is utilized, which includes academic and experiential factors. All non-academic criteria are outlined in NCAS.

Prerequisite Courses

At the time of application, students must have completed a minimum of 1 PHYL lecture course, 1 PHYL lab course, and MICR 130 to fulfill 16 or more prerequisite credits (includes AP exams, CLEP exams, Dual Credit courses, and IB exams). Applicants may apply to the BS nursing program while completing remaining prerequisite courses. Applicants must have successfully completed all remaining prerequisite courses by August 1st of the year the student begins the nursing program.

The applicant is required to take prerequisites from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must earn a minimum course grade of “B” (not B-) in PHYL lectures, PHYL labs, MICR 130, and the FS/FQ course. A minimum course grade of “C” (not C-) is required for all other prerequisite courses. Admission will not be deferred.

Applicants may only repeat a maximum of 6 total prerequisite credits. Only the most recent grade is used for GPA calculations. If the minimum grade is not received for prerequisite courses classified under General Education categories (i.e. FW, FQ, FG, and DP), you may choose another course that satisfies the categorical requirement, instead of using the allotted retake credits.

The following pathway may be used as a guide when registering for courses. Please note the required sequence as discussed above. The prerequisite courses are cross-designated at any UH system campus. No substitutions are allowed.

32 Credits
16 credits
*PHYL 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology (DB) (3)
*PHYL 141L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (DY) (1)
PSY 100 Survey of Psychology (DS) (3)
Quantitative Reasoning Course (FQ) (3)
Written Communication Course (FW) (3)
*MICR 130 General Microbiology (DB) (3) (lab not required)
16 credits
PHYL 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology (DB) (3)
PHYL 142L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (DY) (1)
HDFS 230 Human Development (DS) (3)
Global & Multicultural Perspectives Course (FG) (3)
Public Speech Course (DA) (3) (choose one): COMG 151 or COMG 251
Physical Science Course (DP) (3) (choose one): CHEM 151, CHEM 152, CHEM 161, CHEM 162, BIOC 141, BIOC 244, BIOC 341

GPA Requirements

A minimum combined undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required, which includes all current and previous college/university credits. A separate prerequisite GPA is also considered during admissions review, which only includes grades from the required prerequisite courses.

Transfer Credits

Applicants may refer to the UH System Course Transfer Database and cross-reference their equivalent courses with the UH Manoa General Catalog for designations. Information on these requirements can be found in the UH Manoa General Catalog and UHM advising centers. As a disclaimer, the information listed in the Transfer Database is based on historical data, and does not guarantee the transferability of coursework from external institutions. Course equivalencies listed in the Transfer Database are subject to change.

An official evaluation of transfer credits occurs following admission, submission of the intent to enroll, and submission of the tuition deposit. All official transcripts must be submitted to the UH Manoa Office of Admissions. UH Manoa will only accept credits from regionally accredited institutions.

TEAS Examination

The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS) is required to be considered for admission. Information regarding study materials and proctoring sites are available online via the ATI website:

Minimum Score Requirements:

  • Overall: 78% or higher
  • Reading: 83.3% or higher
  • Math: 86.7% or higher
  • Science: 66.7% or higher
  • English & Language Use: 80% or higher

TEAS examinations may be completed in-person at authorized ATI proctoring sites, or via remote proctoring through the ATI website. Scores are valid for 3 years from the test date. Repeat attempts for the TEAS are allowed, and multiple score reports will be superscored.

Applicants are required to submit the full 3-page report (Individual Performance Profile) for each attempt of the TEAS, which includes scores for all 5 categories of the TEAS. Applicants must upload all score reports for each attempt of the TEAS into the NCAS application, prior to submitting their NCAS application, and before the January 5th deadline. Late, incomplete, and 1-page summary reports will not be accepted.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants who are not born in the U.S. are required to have a certain skill level of the English language. More information is available on the International Admission Requirements website:

Personal Statement

Submission of a personal statement is required. Applicants are prompted to explain why they want to become a nurse, and what has inspired them to become a nurse. The format for this document is as follows:

  • Times New Roman
  • 12 point font
  • 1 inch margins
  • Single spaced
  • 1 page maximum
  • 500 word maximum


Submission of a resume is required. Inclusion of the following is highly suggested, with durations (i.e. months/years), and descriptions.

  1. Health care related activities (e.g. work, volunteer, health academy)
  2. Employment
  3. Volunteer/Community service
  4. Life Experience
  5. Student government/committees/ boards/ clubs
  6. Science projects
  7. Research experience
  8. Science fair presentations / attendance
  9. Study abroad experience
  10. Awards received
  11. Honors received
  12. Certifications earned

College-Level Exam Program Option

College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) examinations are a viable option for satisfying course requirements of the Bachelor of Science in nursing programs. Students must consult with their advisor regarding the use and limitations of non-graded course equivalencies to meet current graduation requirements.

Students that successfully pass a CLEP exam approved by the university will be awarded college credit, which can be used to satisfy specific coursework. A list of approved CLEP exams is available online at


The UH Manoa Nursing bachelor’s curriculum meets the requirements of the Hawaii Board of Nursing to obtain a Hawaii RN license. If you are considering obtaining licensing in another state, contact that website or check their state board for specific educational requirements.

The curriculum listed is for information purposes and may vary depending on the year of enrollment.

32 Credits
*PHYL 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology (DB) (3)
*PHYL 141L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (DY) (1)
PSY 100 Survey of Psychology (DS) (3)
*Quantitative Reasoning Course (FS/FQ) (3)
Written Communication Course (FW) (3)
*MICR 130 General Microbiology (DB) (3) (lab not required)
PHYL 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology (DB) (3)
PHYL 142L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (DY) (1)
HDFS 230 Human Development (DS) (3)
Global & Multicultural Perspectives Course (FG) (3)
Arts, Humanities, Literature Course (DA) (3) (choose one): COMG 151 or COMG 251
Physical Science Course (DP) (3) (choose one): CHEM 151, CHEM 152, CHEM 161, CHEM 162, BIOC 141, BIOC 241 (UHCCs only), 244, BIOC 341
Year 1
29 Credits
14 credits
NURS 210 Health Promotion Across Life Span (3)
NURS 210L Health Promotion Across Life Span Lab (6)
NURS 211 Professionalism in Nursing (2)
NURS 212 Pathophysiology (3)
15 credits
NURS 220 Health and Illness I (3)
NURS 220L Health and Illness I Lab (6)
Nutrition Course (DB) (3) (choose one): FSHN 185 or FSHN 475
NURS 213 Pharmacology (3)
Year 2
31 Credits
16 credits
NURS 321 Women, Newborn, and Family Health (2)
NURS 321L Women, Newborn, and Family Health Lab (3)
NURS 322 Child and Family Health (2)
NURS 322L Child and Family Health Lab (W) (3)
Statistics Course (3) (choose one): NURS 306, MATH 115 (UHCCs only), PSY 225, SOCS 225, NREM 310, ECON 321, PH 350, EDEP 429
Global & Multicultural Perspectives Course (FG) (3)
15 credits
NURS 360 Health and Illness III (3)
NURS 360L Health and Illness III Lab (6)
NURS 363 Introduction to Nursing Research (E) (3)
Arts, Humanities, or Literature Course (DH or DL) (3)
Year 3
28 Credits
16 credits
NURS 450 Community, Public & Global Health Nursing (2)
NURS 450L Community, Public & Global Health Nursing Lab (O, W) (3)
NURS 465 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (2)
NURS 465L Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Lab (3)
NURS 452 Cultural Aspects of Health Management in Populations Indigenous to Hawaii, Pacific & Asia (H) (3)
NURS 453 Introduction to Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice (3)
12 credits
NURS 460 Complex Nursing and Leadership (4)
NURS 460L Complex Nursing and Leadership Lab (W) (6)
NURS 461 Advanced Pathophysiology (2)

*Courses must be completed in Fall semester of Year 1 if the student intends to submit an application for the follow Fall semester (Example: Fall 2023 entering Pre-nursing student completes *courses to submit an application for Fall 2024 admission)

2023-2024 Bachelor Degree Program Sheets and Sample Four Year Academic Plan

Note: These documents are advising tools for students on their academic journey. It is the student’s responsibility to meet regularly with their academic advisor(s) to ensure proper progress and to confirm their academic requirements.

UHM 2023-2024 General Catalog: Undergraduate General Education and UH Manoa Special Graduation Requirements

UHM 2023-2024 General Catalog: General Education Designations

Note: Consult your college advisor for a list of updated General Education courses. Additional courses may have been approved after the publication of Catalog.

The Nursing program specifies which courses nursing students must take to fulfill the Core requirements or to fulfill lower division college requirements. Students should consult with their advisor prior to selecting courses.


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