Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The profession of nursing is a very exciting and rewarding profession. Nurses practice in most settings where people live, work and play; hospitals, clinics, laboratories, schools, homes, industries, summer camps, public health, and research agencies to name a few. Even as major health care reforms take place, there will always be a demand for qualified nurses in Hawai‘i, throughout the nation, and around the world. The need for skilled nurses is accelerating as the proportion of the population age 60 and older expands. Talented nursing professionals are needed and valued by the community, in Hawai’i, in the nation, and around the globe.

Hands-On Experience

Students in HPU’s Nursing program learn in a flexible, multicultural environment and receive quality instruction with hands-on training in classrooms and clinical groups of six to ten students. Students receive extensive training in HPU's Experiential Learning Center, which mimic real-world medical situations, and they receive clinical training in health care facilities all over the island of O‘ahu.

HPU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is dedicated to preparing competent and professional nurses who are committed to lifelong learning and humanitarian service. HPU strives to maintain the highest standards in nursing education, including a curriculum that includes classroom training, hands-on clinical simulation, and clinical opportunities. At HPU, we believe that a nursing education must be built upon a strong foundation liberal arts. The liberally educated baccalaureate nurse has the ability to analyze, think critically, and yet express the compassion needed in today’s ever-changing health care environment. You will have a variety of hands-on experiences in many of O‘ahu’s health care agencies and the opportunity to apply the concepts, theories, and skills learned in the classroom and laboratories to a wide range of clinical settings. Our challenging curriculum and competent, caring faculty will guide you on your journey to become a skillful nurse who is able to care for individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities.

  1. Clinical Practice

    • Apply theoretical knowledge with a demonstration of skill and judgment to provide safe patient-centered care across the lifespan using the nursing process.

  2. Evidence-Based Practice

    • Integrate evidence to guide clinical practice and evaluate outcomes of care.

  3. Leadership

    • Apply leadership and communication skills in diverse organizational systems.

  4. Professionalism & Ethics

    • Practice nursing care by incorporating legal and ethical decision making, utilizing current standards of practice.

  5. Quality Improvement & Safety

    • Perform safe nursing care and incorporate methods to optimize patient outcomes.

  6. Health Care Informatics

    • Promote innovation and utilize information systems and technology in charting. Participate in decision making, research, and scholarship.

  7. Health Policy & Advocacy

    • Apply knowledge of health policy, patient advocacy and health needs of all populations that address access to care, equity, quality and cost efficacy.

  8. Inter-Professional Collaboration

    • Collaborate and communicate effectively with other professionals and interdisciplinary teams to improve health care outcomes.

  9. Transcultural Care

    • Integrate the values, beliefs, and health practices of diverse populations to promote quality outcomes.

The Fall 2018 application deadline for the BSN program is FEBRUARY 28, 2018. We encourage you to apply early to allow time for your application to process.


Candidates must meet all requirements on the BSN Admission Factsheet at the time of application to be considered for HPU's BSN program. 


Minimum qualifications for eligibility include:

  •  3.0 cumulative GPA in all college courses taken
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in all nursing pre-requisite courses
  • Maximum of 2 pre-requisite courses in progress
  • A score of 70% or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • Two professional letters of support
  • A personal statement


Additional application requirements include:

  • HPU & Transfer Students
    • Submission of an application through the NursingCAS system
    • Applications must receive a “verified” status from NursingCAS by the application due date in order to be reviewed
    • It is your responsibility to make sure your NursingCAS application has been "verified" by the application due date

For detailed information about the BSN program admission requirements, please review our BSN Factsheet.

For more information about the BSN Program, please review our BSN Student Handbook.

Potential Careers

Coming to HPU, I was a little nervous and anxious to see how it would be on my own, but the environment and the community at HPU was very friendly and inviting. HPU’s small campus allowed me to get to know everyone, and I was instantly welcomed into the HPU ‘ohana (family). HPU’s Nursing program is intensive, but that’s to make sure that you understand the process and everything involved. It takes a lot of time and hard work to get the skills you need, so you have to work hard, do your homework, and study for your tests. Then find a way to relax, which is not difficult when you live in paradise.

-Lloyd Luna Anaheim Hills, CA BSN

HPU’s Nursing program has a challenging curriculum that will teach you how to analyze and think critically. The classes are small and you receive personal attention from professors. The theories and concepts learned in class are then applied in your clinical placement, so it all comes together and makes sense in the end. During nursing school, I worked part-time as a nurse aid at Queen’s Medical Center (QMC). Then after graduating, I was offered a position at QMC’s surgical floor. After working at QMC for two years, I decided that I wanted to be a travel nurse in England. I now work at St. Thomas Guy’s Hospital (Oncology floor) in London, England. Adjusting to the protocols in another country was difficult, but I had confidence knowing that I received a quality education from HPU. I’m planning to stay in London for another two years and then I plan to travel around Europe. The possibilities for a nurse are endless!

-Anne Villaruz, California BSN and BA in Psychology

The Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Master's degree in nursing and Post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Hawai‘i Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.