Welcome to UH Maui College Nursing
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.
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)
UHMC Nursing Program faculty embrace the mission of Maui College. The faculty aim to inspire and support students in the pursuit of nursing education and life-long learning. We prepare students to recognize the trends in health care delivery, respond to the increased complexity of clinical environments, and adapt to economic changes. We believe that the learning process is enhanced when the student is self-directed, and support the student to take responsibility for their own learning when challenged with academic rigor.
The UHMC Nursing Program coursework builds on basic liberal arts, behavioral and natural sciences, and includes bioethical issues, application of technology, cultural awareness, and evidence-based practice. As a member of the Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium, the career ladder program supports students to achieve a Certificate of Achievement and LPN licensure at the end of the first year, an Associate of Science degree and RN licensure at the end of the second year, and, if the student chooses, to continue on for a Bachelor of Science degree from UH Manoa with the addition of a third year. MC nursing graduates are expected to abide by the laws of the state in which they practice, the American Nurses Association Standards of Practice, and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
We believe that nursing is an essential health discipline concerned with providing quality care within a patient-centered framework that includes the ohana and community. We strongly believe that an attitude of caring must be internalized as a part of the professional practice of nursing.
Our philosophy of nursing education is informed by the ideas of Patricia Benner, Christine Tanner, and the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Institute. We believe that nursing and nursing education incorporates:
- Acquiring and using knowledge and science (knowledge)
- Using clinical reasoning and skilled knowhow (skills)
- Ethical comportment and formation (attitudes)
Accordingly, the Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium developed the curriculum with principles from Benner, Sutphen, Leonard, and Day (2010):
- Replacing decontextualized knowledge with concepts
- Integrating clinical and classroom teaching
- Emphasizing clinical reasoning and multiple ways of thinking
- Guiding the formation of identity and self-understanding to a professional nurse
Clinical instruction in the UHMC Nursing Program is provided recognizing the conclusions drawn by Tanner (2006), that: clinical judgment is unique to the patient context, clinical reasoning occurs in many ways, and reflection is essential for improving clinical reasoning.
As concerned nurse educators, the UHMC Nursing Program faculty emphasize the six competencies of knowledge, skills, and attitudes for the pre-licensure nurse from the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Institute (2014), these are:
- Patient-Centered Care
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Evidence-based Practice (EBP)
- Quality Improvement (QI)
Originally derived from:
Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Barnsteiner J., Disch, J., Johnson, J., Mitchell, P., Sullivan, D., Warren, J. (2007). Quality and safety education for nurses. Nursing Outlook, 55(3)122-131.
Benner, P., Sutphen, M., Leonard, V., and Day, L. (2010). Educating nurses: A call for radical transformation. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.
Tanner, C. (2006). Thinking like a nurse: A research-based model of clinical judgment in nursing. Journal of Nursing Education 45(6), 204-211.
QSEN (2014). Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Institute: Competencies: Pre-licensure KSAS. Available from http://qsen.org/competencies/pre-licensure-ksas/
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. 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 FAMR 230, 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, Kathleen Hagan, at 808-984-3659, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
*ZOOL 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology
*ENG 100 Composition
MATH 115 Statistics
Physical Science – elective
*FAMR 230 Human Development
*MICRO 130 General Microbiology
*ZOOL 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology
*Arts, Humanities, Literature – 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 220 Health and Illness I
*PHRM 203 General Pharmacology
*NURS 230 Clinical Immersion I
NURS 320 WI-Health & Illness II: Family Health
NURS 360 WI-Health & Illness III
NURS 362 Professionalism in Nursing II
AS graduates take NCLEX-RN for licensure
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