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For Associate Degree and Diploma Graduates

In response to changing workforce demands, the UH Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing has created a new Online RN to BS program for associate degree in nursing and diploma graduates. UH Community College Nursing Consortium students and graduates from non-UH systems apply to the new Online RN to BS program that enrolls in fall (August) and spring (January). Graduates from non-UH System campuses have different requirements from UH graduates. UH System graduates are not required to have the RN license to begin the program.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for associate degree (ADN) and diploma in nursing graduates is a statewide consortium nursing curriculum available to UH students from Maui College, Kauai Community College, and Kapiolani Community College. The program is available to Hawaii Community College and non-UH systems ADN graduates. The program is designed to provide an efficient bridge to the baccalaureate degree. The program builds upon initial nursing preparation with coursework to enhance professional development, prepare for a broader scope of practice, and provide an increased understanding of the cultural, economic, and social issues that affect the delivery of safe, quality patient care.

The 30-credit nursing curriculum provides flexibility and can be completed in 2 or more semesters – both part-time and full-time routes are available. UH Manoa requires a student to complete a minimum of 30 credits from the Manoa campus to be awarded the BS degree.

Students take asynchronous online lecture courses while balancing work and family responsibilities. Worksite cohorts can be created in partnership with local healthcare organizations and agencies interested in increasing the number of BS prepared nurses delivering direct patient care.

At this time NAWSON is unable to offer out-of-state clinical experience to the RN-BS online program students. This is due to the varying state regulations and licensing requirements that can impact the clinical placement of nursing students who are enrolled in out-of-state educational institutions.    Students who relocate to another state while enrolled in the RN-BS online will need to complete the clinical portion of their curriculum in the State of Hawaii as NAWSON is unable to accommodate clinical placement for students residing outside of this state.

Specific licensure requirements for admission are listed below.

Fast Facts

  • Two-step application process
  • Admission in January (Spring) and August (Fall)
  • Individual academic advising and support throughout the program
  • Asynchronous, online format for lecture courses
  • Two in-person clinical labs
  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Experiential learning portfolio credit option available

Experiential Learning Portfolio for Credit

The admitted student with RN experience may request to receive nursing coursework credit by submitting an electronic Experiential Learning Portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of descriptions and material that provide direct evidence of an individual’s learning, mastery, or accomplishments over time. The descriptions and exemplars may be drawn from an individual’s job and academic related experiences.

Events for Prospective RN to BS Students

We recommend that prospective applicants attend a Zoom informational session. Visit the event page for upcoming events.


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Christopher Waiamau, MBA, MSCJA
Admissions Specialist & Pre-Nursing Advisor

Contact for applicants for all Undergraduate Nursing programs and the High School Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene program.

Contact for Pre-Nursing students: UH Manoa, UH West Oahu, Veteran students, and students using VA education benefits.

Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 201
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-3794
Fax: 808-956-5977

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