Students learn in a flexible, multicultural environment and receive quality instruction in classrooms and in clinical groups of six (6) to ten (10) students. Health care facilities all over the island of O'ahu are utilized for clinical experiences. The majority of nursing lecture classes is held on the windward Hawai'i Loa campus. Classes are offered on a variety of days during the week and or weekends, and at a variety of daytime and evening hours.
Progression in the Nursing Major
Nursing majors enter nursing courses upon completion of all prerequisite course work (all non-NUR courses) and a GPA of 2.75 or higher. To progress in the Nursing Program, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.75 of higher.
Please visit the Health Requirements web page for up-to-date information.
General Statement of Potential Need for Criminal Background Checks
"All students should be advised that Hawai'i Pacific University offers courses of study in many different fields, some of which prepare students for professional careers that require licenses from the various states where our graduates might find employment. Many of these states condition the granting of licenses based on criminal background checks to determine whether the applicant has felony criminal convictions. Also, some of the courses offered at Hawai'i Pacific University require that criminal background checks be conducted prior to placement in field-based activities or acceptance of students into the clinical type courses which are conducted off campus in community agencies. As students decide to enter various degree programs here, they should carefully read the specific program handbooks and requirements and confirm the requirements for post graduate employment."
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The College of Nursing and Health Sciences accepts students from varied backgrounds - from those just out of high school to returning students, as well as those seeking a second degree. The nursing student body is ethnically and internationally diverse, spans the ages from 19 to 60, and includes both full- and part-timers. About 15 percent of the student body is male. Many students are married or are single parents.
Important Information for Transfer Students
Transfer Students who are accepted into the College of Nursing and Health Sciences must first establish HPU credits before placement into entry level clinical nursing courses.