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Executive RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing

Program Description

The Executive RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing program for practicing RNs complements the statewide nursing consortium curriculum offered to UH students. It is designed to provide a transition to the baccalaureate for the experienced RN with an associate 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.[1]

The program is designed for learners who thrive in a setting with guided independent study, professional application, and a collegial relationship with faculty and peer students. Students may only enter the program in the fall semester, taking online courses while balancing work and family responsibilities. With the BS degree, the student is prepared for graduate education and continued career development.

Fast Facts

  • Outstanding faculty committed to advancing health care delivery.
  • 40 credits of nursing upper division courses.
  • Pre-requisite and nursing courses are offered using online, face to face, and blended formats.
  • Accelerated program designed to be completed in an average time of 15 – 23 months.
  • Individual academic advising and support is provided throughout the program.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the Executive RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing program is prepared to:

  • advocate and provide high quality care to improve and maintain the health of a diverse society
  • direct, supervise and collaborate with others to organize care
  • advance the profession through lifelong learning, participate in professional organizations and practice in a confident, competent, compassionate and accountable manner
  • develop culturally appropriate clinical knowledge by examining, processing and disseminating knowledge to improve and maintain the health of a diverse society.

[1] American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2011) Fact Sheet: Degree completion programs for registered nurses: RN to master’s and RN to baccalaureate programs.

Must be completed prior to graduation from UH Mānoa

General University Core and Graduation Requirements: 45 credits

Diversification CORE (19 credits)   
Natural Science - 7 credits
Arts/Humanities/Literatures - 6 credits 
Social Science - 6 credits
Foundation CORE ( 12 credits)
Written Communication - 3 credits
Symbolic Reasoning - 3 credits
Global/Multicultural Perspectives - 6 credits

General Elective Courses (includes any remaining upper-division and/or WI courses to meet UHM graduation requirements) – variable/approximately 14 credits

Associate Degree Nursing Coursework: Approximately 35 credits
Upon admission, each student will receive a personalized review of completed coursework.

Pre-requisite and Upper Division Courses: 40 credits








**NURS 301 Introduction to
  Evidence Based Practice and Health Promotion (W)

**NURS 399  Statistics in Nursing


















NURS 363 Introduction to Nursing Research (E)

NURS 450 Community, Public and Global Health (O)

NURS 450L Community, Public and Global Health (W)










NURS 461 Advanced Pathophysiology and Neurobiology

NURS 452 Cultural Aspects of Health Management in Populations Indigenous to Hawaii, Pacific and Asia (H, W)

NURS 453 Introduction to Genetics in Nursing Practice












NURS 460 Complex Nursing and Leadership

NURS 460L Complex Nursing and Leadership Lab

***Nursing Elective








Total # of credits: 120
Approved: UGCE 02/11/13 for Fall 2013

*Eligibility: Must have a valid RN license in the United States and a minimum of 2 years work experience as an RN at the time of application

**Must be taken PRIOR to N363, N450, N452, N453, N460, N461

***May be taken at any time during upper division coursework

Admission by Cohort

Students are admitted into the Executive RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) program in the fall semester only, with the required 2 Transition Courses offered in the prior Summer. This program is designed around the Cohort model where students in a given Cohort begin and end the program at the same time. If sufficient students apply, there may be 2 cohorts offered each fall. The lecture courses are offered in intensive 4 - 5 week formats. For more information, contact the Executive RN to Bachelor of Science coordinator at nmiles@hawaii.edu , call at (808) 956-4741 or visit the Executive RN to Bachelor of Science website:

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