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Nursing (BSN)


Major Credits Required: 87 Credits

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is conferred upon students who satisfactorily complete the General Education requirements and the prescribed curriculum. To earn this degree, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours and meet all the requirements of the nursing major (60 credit hours) with at least a 2.75 cumulative nursing grade point average and an overall HPU cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

The Nursing Program is approved by the Hawai‘i Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Planning is underway to transition the curriculum to address the newest version of the AACN The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education.

  1. Patient-centered Care: The BSN graduate will deliver holistic, equitable, compassionate, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally-sensitive nursing care.

  2. Teamwork and Collaboration: The BSN graduate will collaborate and communicate effectively with individuals, families, and interdisciplinary teams to improve healthcare outcomes.

  3. Evidence-based Practice: The BSN graduate will integrate reliable evidence and other sources of knowledge to make sound clinical judgements and guide nursing practice.

  4. Quality Improvement: The BSN graduate will apply quality improvement principles for continuous improvement to the delivery of person centered-care.

  5. Information & Healthcare Technology: The BSN graduate will use evidence-based information and healthcare technology to assist in the provision of safe, quality, person-centered care.

  6. Safety: The BSN graduate will employ principles of safety-science to reduce the risk of harm to individuals, communities, and self.

  7. Professionalism: The BSN graduate will demonstrate the inherent values, ethics, and behaviors congruent with the discipline of nursing.

  8. Leadership: The BSN graduate will integrate leadership and communication skills into practice to facilitate positive healthcare outcomes.