Launch an exciting career in the healthcare industry through UH Maui College’s Nursing Program. Part of the Hawaiʻi Statewide Nursing Curriculum, the program offers two options: Practical Nurse (PN), and Associate in Science Registered Nurse (RN). A third option is available from UH Mānoa, Bachelor of Science (BS) Registered Nurse (RN), to students who successfully complete required courses following admission to the third level.
DEGREES THAT CAN BE EARNED
Registered Nurse – Associate in Science Degree (AS; UHMC)
Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science Degree (BS; UHM)
Program length depends on student placement and credit load.
Vision: We envision a nursing education program that produces caring, competent, and professional nurse leaders prepared to meet the healthcare demands of a diverse community and the challenges of a dynamic healthcare environment.
• malama (to take care of, protect)
• mana’olana (hope)
• lokahi (harmony, unity)
• aloha (compassion, kindness)
• kuleana (responsibility)
• pono (goodness, ethical and moral qualities)
View a PDF version of the Program Learning Outcomes, or HSNC Competencies.
UH Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Competencies
1. A competent nurse’s professional actions are based on core nursing values, professional standards of practice, and the law.
1.1 Core nursing values include social justice (from the ANA statement), caring, advocacy, respect for self and others, collegiality, and ethical behavior
1.2 Ethical dilemmas are embedded in clinical practice; an obligation of nurses is to notice, interpret respond and reflect on these dilemmas using ethical principles and frameworks as a guideline
1.3 It is essential for nurses to participate in discussions of ethical issues in health care as they affect communities, society, and health professions
1.4 Professional nursing functions within legally defined standards of practice and state specific regulations
2. A competent nurse develops insight through reflective practice, self-analysis, and self care through the understanding that…
2.1 Ongoing reflection, critical examination and evaluation of one’s professional and personal life improves nursing practice
2.2 Reflection and self-analysis encourage self-awareness and self-care
2.3 Pursuing and advocating healthy behaviors enhance nurses’ ability to care for client
3. A competent nurse engages in ongoing self-directed learning and provides care based on evidence supported by research with the understanding that . . .
3.1 Knowledge and skills are dynamic and evolving, in order to maintain competency one must continuously update their knowledge using reliable, current sources of information from the biological, social, medical, public health, and nursing sciences
3.2 The nurse uses legitimate sources of evidence for decision-making such as research evidence, standards of care, community perspectives and practical wisdom gained from experience
3.3 As “best practices” are continuously modified and new interventions are constant, the nurse incorporates changes into practice
4. A competent nurse demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care through the understanding that …
4.1 An effective nurse is able to take a leadership role to meet client needs, improve the health care system and facilitate community problem solving
4.2 A competent nurse effectively uses management principles, strategies, and tools
4.3 An effective nurse works with the health care team including the delegation of responsibilities and supervision
5. A competent nurse collaborates as part of a health care team
5.1 The client is an essential member of the healthcare team
5.2 A collegial team is essential for success in serving clients
5.3 Effective team members must be able to give and receive constructive feedback
5.4 Colleagues create a positive environment for each other that values holistic client care
6. A competent nurse practices within, utilizes, and contributes to the broader health care system
6.1 All components of the healthcare system must be incorporated when providing interdisciplinary care
6.2 The effective nurse contributes to improvements of the health care system through involvement in policy, decision-making processes and political activities
7. A competent nurse practices client-centered care
7.1 Effective care is centered around a respectful relationship with the client that is based on empathy, caring, mutual trust, and advocacy
7.2 Nursing practice should reflect the attitudes, beliefs and values of clients
7.3 An understanding of the culture and history of the community is fundamental in the practice of nursing
8. A competent nurse communicates effectively through the understanding that …
8.1 Effective use of communication is an essential part of all interventions to establish caring and therapeutic relationships to educate and advocate for clients
8.2 When working with colleagues or clients, it is important to insure that accurate, timely and complete communication has occurred
8.3 Successful communication requires attention to elements of cultural influences, variations in the use of language and a participatory approach
9. A competent nurse demonstrates clinical judgment/critical thinking in the delivery of care of clients while maintaining safety through:
9.1 Analysis and integration of available data
9.2 Implementation of prioritized care based on evaluation of data
9.3 Evaluation and analysis of the nurses’ personal clinical performance
9.4 A competent nurse engages in risk reduction activities, recognize, communicate and intervene to promote client safety
Health care students are required to complete University prescribed academic requirements that involve clinical practice in a University affiliated health care facility setting with no substitution allowable. Failure of students to complete the prescribed clinical practice shall be deemed as not satisfying academic program requirements. It is the responsibility of students to satisfactorily complete affiliated health care facility background checks and drug testing requirements in accordance with procedures and timelines as prescribed by the affiliated health care facility. Per UH Board of Regents policy, priority for admission is given to fully qualified State of Hawaii residents as determined by the registrar for tuition purposes.
• Practical Nurse – Certificate of Achievement (CA): PN graduates with the CA are prepared to work under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician in hospitals, extended care facilities, private nursing agencies, home health agencies, clinics, and physician offices.
• Registered Nurse – Associate in Science Degree (AS): RN graduates with the AS degree are prepared for beginning level positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, physician offices, private nursing agencies, and home health agencies.
• Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN): RN graduates with a BS degree are prepared as generalist professional nurses to deliver care in a variety of health care settings.
• Apply to UH Maui College. Send one copy of official transcripts from previous colleges (outside of the University of Hawaii system) to “Registrar, UH Maui College.” Call 984-3306 as soon as possible for an appointment with an academic counselor for a transcript evaluation for “advanced standing credits.”
• Call 984-3250 as soon as possible to schedule a required pre-nursing group counseling session for early assistance with academic and career planning. Math and English COMPASS scores are required for group counseling. Failure to properly sequence courses could delay admission.
• Complete the following required prerequisites:
ENG 100(3), MICR 130(3), and ZOOL 141(4) and 142(4). Selection for the Nursing program is competitive. Criteria include grades in prerequisite courses listed above and other non-nursing courses required for graduation such as PSY 100, PSY 240, and Humanities elective; experience in health care (nurse aide preferred); and Test of Essential Academic Skills score. MICRO 140 is not required but 1 point is awarded toward selection. In the event students have the same points in the Program Application, the student with the highest UHMC grade point average will be offered admission to the program.
• The science courses, Zoology 141 and 142 (4 credits-lecture and lab) and Microbiology 130 (3 credit lecture), have a ten-year time limit, which must be completed within the last 10 years prior to the application deadline. (Note: Students do not have to repeat the lab course; ZOOL 141 and 142 may be repeated in the UH system online as 3 credit lecture classes only.)
Contact the First Level program coordinator, Julie Potter-Dunlop, at 808-984-3455, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
*PSY 100 Survey of Psychology
*ZOOL 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology
*ENG 100 Composition
MATH 115 Statistics
Physical Science – elective
*PSY 240 Developmental Psychology
*ZOOL 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology
*MICRO 130 General Microbiology
Arts, Humanities, Literature – elective
Global & Multicultural Perspectives – elective
*required for CA, AS; electives required for BS
*NURS 210 WI-Health Promotion Across the Life Span
*NURS 211 Professionalism in Nursing I
*NURS 212 Pathophysiology
*NURS 220AB Health and Illness I
*PHRM 203 General Pharmacology
*NURS 230 Clinical Immersion I
CA graduates take NCLEX-PN for licensure
NURS 320 WI-Health & Illness II: Family Health
Arts, Humanities, Literature – elective
NURS 360 WI-Health & Illness III
NURS 362 Professionalism in Nursing II
NURS 363 Nursing Research – required for BS
Global & Multicultural Perspectives – elective
AS graduates take NCLEX-RN for licensure
NURS 450 WI/450L-Community, Public, & Global Health
NURS 452 Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues
NURS 453 Genetics
NURS 460/460L Clinical Immersion & Leadership Dev
NURS 461 Adv Pathophysiology & Neurobiology
Nursing elective – UHM approved courses