Nursing

Nursing Career Ladder

The UHMC Associate in Science Nursing (ASN) Program is part of the Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium (HSNC) that provides transfer to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pathway at UH Manoa (UHM).  UHMC students who successfully complete the required ASN degree courses and complete the required RN to BSN pre-admission requirements will be admitted to UHM for the RN-BSN program.  RN to BSN courses are offered on the UHMC campus.  There are also options to exit at the Practical Nurse level (Certificate of Achievement) and the Registered Nurse level (Associate in Science Nursing).  For more information, students are encouraged to schedule an academic advising session by calling (808) 984-3306.

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.  Students are responsible 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.  For the most current information about UHMC’s Nursing program admission and curriculum, visit the UHMC website at: http://maui.hawaii.edu/programs/nursing/

  • 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 Nursing (ASN):  RN graduates with the ASN degree are prepared for beginning level positions in hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, physician offices, private nursing agencies, and home health agencies.

Nursing Career Ladder Admission Process

For admission to the UH Maui College Nursing Program, complete all steps outlined below by January 31 for the Practical Nurse Pathway Spring Admission, and for the Registered Nurse Program Fall Admission.  Application is available online at http://maui.hawaii.edu/programs/nursing/.  Admission to UH Maui College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program.  Applicants who are accepted are notified of current health requirements for the program at the time of acceptance.  Applicants not selected are encouraged to seek academic advising to re-evaluate their academic plan.

  • Apply to UH Maui College.  Send official transcripts from previous colleges (outside of the University of Hawaii system) to “Admissions & Records Office, UH Maui College.”  Submit a Transcript Evaluation Request Form (see forms under Admissions & Records webpage) to the UHMC Admissions & Records Office.
  • Selection for the Nursing program is competitive.  Criteria includes grades in the following prerequisite courses Complete ENG 100(3); MATH 100, MATH 103, or MATH 115(3); HDFS 230 or PSY 240(3); Humanities elective(3); MICR 130(3); and PHYL 141/PHYL 141L(3,1) and PHYL 142/PHYL 142L(3,1); score at “Proficient” level on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test.  It is also recommended to obtain health care experience (nurse aide preferred).

MICR 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 pre-requisite GPA will be offered admission to the program.  View the Nursing website at www.maui.hawaii.edu/nursing/ for necessary details.

PN Pathway Only:  Students that complete the PN Pathway have the options of returning to complete the RN degree program.  PN graduates interested in admission into the RN program are required to obtain licensure as a Practical Nurse, paid experience working as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the community for one year, completion of NURS 211, NURS 212, and PHRM 203, and re-take of NURS 230 Clinical Immersion I with a grade of B or better.  All requirements must be met to qualify for admission to the RN program.  Successful completion of the RN program will result in the student obtaining the Associate in Science Nursing (ASN) degree.

Allied Health course repeat policy for PN/RN Admission

  • Courses may be repeated twice to raise a grade. Of the three times that the course has been taken, the higher grade will be utilized. Only grades in the first three attempts will be considered for admission to the nursing program.
  • The science courses, PHYL 141 & PHYL 141L, PHYL 142 & PHYL 142L (formerly ZOOL 141 (4cr) and ZOOL 142 (4cr) and MICR 130 (3 credit lecture), have a 10-year time limit, which must be completed within the last 10 years prior to the application deadline.

Contact the Allied Health Chair, Anne Scharnhorst, at 808-984-3646, or by email at annes@hawaii.edu for information.

The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, phone: 404-975-5000, email: info@acenursing.org, online:  https://www.acenursing.org/

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Professional actions are based on core nursing values, professional standards of practice, and the law
  2. Develops insight through reflective practice, self-analysis, and self care.
  3. Engages in ongoing self-directed learning and provides care based on evidence supported by research.
  4. Demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care.
  5. Collaborates as part of a health care team.
  6. Practices within, utilizes, and contributes to the broader health care system.
  7. Practices patient-centered care.
  8. Communicates effectively
  9. Demonstrates clinical judgment/critical thinking in the delivery of care of patients while maintaining safety.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

NURS 13 : ARCH: Helping Therapies & Behavior Management

Prepares the adult residential care home operator to assist in the provision of occupational, physical, recreational, and diversional therapy. Identifies the operator’s role in fostering mental health and care of the mentally ill and mentally retarded.

Credits

1

NURS 100 : Nurse Assistant

Prepares nurse assistants to care for acute, semi-acute, or convalescent clients in the hospital, long-term care, or home setting. Prepares nurse assistant to work under the supervision of a registered or practical nurse. Serves as a beginning level health care course for those interested in the health care field. Prepares nurse assistants for national certification.

Credits

6

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22, or consent.

NURS 100C : Nursing Assistant Clinical

Prepares nurse assistants to care for acute, semi-acute, or convalescent clients in the hospital, long-term care, or home setting. Provides bedside clinical experience. Prepares nurse assistants for national certification. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22; or consent.

Corequisites

NURS 100L : Nursing Assistant Lab

Prepares nurse assistants to care for acute, semi-acute, or convalescent clients in the hospital, long-term care, or home setting. Develops hands on nursing skills required for clinical setting. Prepares nurse assistants for national certification. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22; or consent.

Corequisites

NURS 100T : Nursing Assistant Theory

Prepares nurse assistants to care for acute, semi-acute, or convalescent clients in the hospital, long-term care, or home setting. Prepares nurse assistant to work under the supervision of a registered or practical nurse. Serves as a beginning level health care course for those interested in the health care field. Prepares nurse assistants for national certification. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

4

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22; or consent.

Corequisites

NURS 110C : Nursing Fundamentals Clinical

Provides experience with clients in outpatient and long term care clinical settings. Includes an emphasis on the nursing process, critical thinking and the practice of nursing skills. Introduces deviations from the normal state of health and evidence-based nursing interventions for the concepts of safety, mobility, tissue integrity, nutrition, glucose regulation, elimination, perfusion, and oxygenation for adults across the life span. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.

Corequisites

NURS 110T : Nursing Fundamentals Theory

Provides a comprehensive overview of the discipline of nursing.  Topics include nursing as a profession, principles and skills of nursing practice, health promotion, physical assessment, client education, documentation, and therapeutic communication.  Focuses on health management and maintenance; prevention of illness and infection control.  Includes an emphasis on the nursing process, evidence based nursing practice and acquisition of critical thinking skills. Introduces deviations from the normal state of health and evidence-based nursing interventions for the concepts of safety, mobility, tissue integrity, nutrition, glucose regulation, elimination, perfusion, and oxygenation for adults across the life span. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.

Corequisites

NURS 111 : Introduction to Professional Nursing

Focuses on the provision of competent nursing care from a legal, ethical, cultural and spiritual viewpoint. Also examines nursing history, professional nursing organizations, healthcare trends, interdisciplinary teamwork, workplace civility, therapeutic and professional communication and end of life care.(Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to the Practical Nursing Program.

Corequisites

NURS 115C : Maternal Newborn and Child Development

Focuses on clinical experience and critical thinking in outpatient settings that provide pediatric and maternal/newborn health services in the community. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

NURS110T and NURS 111 both with a grade C or better; and both NURS 110L and NURS 110C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 115L : Maternal Newborn and Child Development Lab

Builds on skills and concepts of previous nursing courses with emphasis on essential nursing skills required to provide care for maternal, newborn, toddler and school age populations. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

NURS110T and NURS 111 both with a grade C or better; and both NURS 110L and NURS 110C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 115T : Maternal Newborn and Child Development Theory

Builds on concepts of previous nursing courses with emphasis on utilization of the nursing process to provide care for maternal, newborn, toddler and school age populations. Students will explore the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention and alterations in health related to women and children. Emphasis is on culturally competent, client-centered care of childbearing families in clinical and community settings. (Letter grade only)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

NURS 110T and NURS 111 both with a grade of C or better and NURS 110L and NURS 110C both with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 120C : Integration of Nursing Practice Clinical

Focuses on caring for clients with alterations in cellular regulation, mood, cognition, perfusion, oxygenation, nutrition and sensory perception in the context of practical nursing. Preparation for licensure examination and professional role attainment of the nurse graduate is emphasized.(CR/NC only.)

Credits

4

Prerequisites

NURS 115T with a grade of C or better, and both NURS 115L, NURS 115C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 120T : Integration of Nursing Practice Theory

Examines pathophysiology of common diseases for adults across the life span with focused nursing assessments. Application of previous knowledge is integrated with an emphasis on prevention of complications through client teaching, client safety, and evidence-based nursing intervention. Concepts of infection, cellular regulation, mood, cognition, addiction and sensory perception are explored in the context of practical nursing practice. Preparation for license examination and professional role attainment of the nurse graduate is emphasized. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 115T with a grade of C or better, and both NURS 115L, NURS 115C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 121L : Basic Principles of Crisis Management Lab

Provides simulated crisis scenarios for students to utilize crisis management tools for practice. Includes an emphasis on the nursing process, evidence based nursing practice and acquisition of critical thinking skills. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

NURS 115T with a grade of C or better, and  both NURS 115L, NURS 115C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 121T : Basic Principles of Crisis Management Theory

Provides a comprehensive introduction to the various types of crises, their identification, and intervention techniques. Types of crises include medical, psychological, psychiatric, self-harm, violence, safety, security, internal disasters, evacuation, external disasters, and mass casualty. Includes an emphasis on the nursing process, evidence based nursing practice and acquisition of critical thinking skills. (Letter grade only)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

NURS 115T with a grade of C or better, and both NURS 115L, NURS 115C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 210 : Health Promotion Across the Life Span

Focuses on identifying needs of the total person across the life-span in a wellness/ health promotion model of care. Introduces the role of the nurse, nursing code of ethics, and the nursing process with emphasis on learning self-health and client health practices. To support self and client health practices, students learn to access research evidence about healthy lifestyle patterns and risk factors for disease/illness, apply growth and development theory, interview clients in a culturally sensitive manner, and work as members of a multidisciplinary team utilizing reflective thinking and self-analysis. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

9

Prerequisites

Admission to the Nursing Program.

NURS 210T : Health Promotion Across the Life Span

Focuses on identifying needs of the total person across the life-span in a wellness/health promotion model of care. Introduces the role of the nurse, nursing code of ethics, and the nursing process with emphasis on learning self-health and client health practices. To support self and client health practices, students learn to access research evidence about healthy lifestyle patterns and risk factors for disease/illness, apply growth and development theory, interview clients in a culturally sensitive manner, and work as members of a multidisciplinary team utilizing reflective thinking and self-analysis. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to the Nursing Program.

Corequisites

NURS 211 : Professionalism in Nursing I

Focuses on the history of nursing practice and education. Emphasizes the ethical and legal aspects of nursing and the professional responsibilities in the practice of nursing. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Admission to the Nursing Program.

NURS 212 : Pathophysiology

Introduces nursing students to patho-physiologic concepts which serve as a foundation to understanding the basis of illness and injury and their corresponding spectrum of human response. These concepts will serve as a foundation for the formulation of clinical decisions and care planning. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to the Nursing Program.

NURS 220 : Health and Illness I

Introduces assessment and common interventions (including technical skills) for clients with illnesses common across the life span, as well as those prevalent in Hawai‘i. The client and family understanding and acceptance of their illnesses, coupled with clinical practice guidelines and evidenced based research, are used to guide clinical judgements in nursing care. Roles of the interdisciplinary team, legal aspects of delegation, cultural issues, ethical issues, health policy, and health care delivery systems are explored in the context of nursing care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

10

Prerequisites

NURS 210, 211, and 212, all with grade C or better, or consent.

NURS 220A : Health and Illness I A

Introduces assessment and common interventions (including technical skills) for clients with illnesses common across the life span, as well as those prevalent in Hawai‘i. The client and family’s understanding and acceptance of their illnesses, coupled with clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based research, are used to guide clinical judgments in nursing care. Roles of the interdisciplinary team, legal aspects of delegation, cultural issues, ethical issues, health policy, and health care delivery systems are explored in the context of nursing care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

5

Prerequisites

NURS 210, 211, and 212, all with grade C or better, or consent.

NURS 220B : Health and Illness I B

Introduces assessment and common interventions (including technical skills) for clients with illnesses common across the life span, as well as those prevalent in Hawai‘i. The client and family’s understanding and acceptance of their illnesses, coupled with clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based research are used to guide clinical judgments in nursing care. Roles of the interdisciplinary team, legal aspects of delegation, cultural issues, ethical issues, health policy, and health care delivery systems are explored in the context of nursing care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

5

Prerequisites

NURS 220A with grade C or better (or concurrent), or consent.

NURS 220C : Health & Illness I Clinical

Clinical experience with assessment and implementation of common interventions for clients with illnesses across the life span. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 210T, NURS 211, and NURS 212, all with grade C or better; and both NURS 210C and NURS 210L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 220L : Health & Illness I Lab

Lab course focuses on using nursing assessment to support identification of risk factors and detection/prevention of complications from illness. Nursing skills are introduced, practiced and integrated into clinical experiences. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 210T, NURS 211, and NURS 212, all with grade C or better; and both NURS 210C and NURS 210L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 220T : Health & Illness I

Introduces assessment and common interventions (including technical skills) for clients with illnesses common across the life span, as well as those prevalent in Hawai‘i. The client and family understanding and acceptance of their illnesses, coupled with clinical practice guidelines and evidenced based research, are used to guide clinical judgements in nursing care. Roles of the interdisciplinary team, legal aspects of delegation, cultural issues, ethical issues, health policy, and health care delivery systems are explored in the context of nursing care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

4

Prerequisites

NURS 210T, NURS 211, and NURS 212, all with grade C or better; and both NURS 210C and NURS 210L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 230 : Clinical Immersion I

Focuses on monitoring a variety of subjective and objective data, identifying obvious patterns and deviations, and developing prioritized intervention plans for specific populations. Implements new nursing skills with supervision. Develops own beginning leadership abilities and acknowledges delegation as needed modality to improve client care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

4

Prerequisites

NURS 220B with grade C or better.

NURS 230C : Clinical Immersion I Clinical

Focuses on monitoring a variety of subjective and objective data in the clinical setting with prioritized nursing intervention. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

NURS 220T with grade C or better; and both NURS 220C and NURS 220L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 230L : Clinical Immersion I Lab

Focuses on developing new nursing skills and prioritized intervention plans for clients in a variety of clients in a acute and long term care settings. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

NURS 220T with grade C or better; and both NURS 220C and NURS220L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 230T : Health & Illness II: Family Health

Focuses on monitoring a variety of subjective and objective data, identify obvious health patterns and deviations, and developing prioritized intervention plans for specific populations. Implements new nursing skills with supervision. Develops own beginning leadership abilities and acknowledges delegation as a needed modality to improve patient care. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

NURS 220T with grade C or better; and both NURS 220C and NURS 220L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 261 : Advanced Electro-Cardiogram Interpretation

Develops advanced nursing theory related to interpretation of 12-lead EKG. Focuses on EKG changes that occur with myocardial infraction, axis deviation, artificial pacemaker, defibrillation, and cardioversion.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Licensed RN or LPN, or consent.

NURS 301 : Introduction to Evidence-Base Practice & Health Promotion

Introduces the Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium (HSNC) competencies and spiraling of concepts and is based on the assumption of student responsibility for learning. Places emphasis on research evidence to support nursing care.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Registered Nurse Licensure, or consent.

NURS 320 : Health & Illness II: Family Health

Introduces the learner to assessment and common interventions (including relevant technical procedures) for care of clients across the lifespan, including pregnancy and childbirth. In this course the family is the client and is viewed in both health and illness. Nursing practice is guided by combinations of family theories and associated assessment tools. Clinical practice guidelines and/or standardized procedures in normal developmental processes of the family and in disease and illness are considered in relationship to their impact on providing culturally sensitive, client-centered care. Nursing Professional Fee required (Letter grade only).

Credits

10

Prerequisites

NURS 230 with grade B or better.

NURS 320C : Health & Illness II: Family Health Clinical

Nursing care and health promotion for maternal-newborn and pediatric clients and families in acute care and community settings. Utilization of family theories and assessment tools when providing culturally sensitive, client-centered care. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 230T with grade C or better; and both NURS 230C and NURS 230L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 320T : Health & Illness II: Family Health

Introduces the learner to assessment and common interventions (including relevant technical procedures) for care of clients across the lifespan, including pregnancy and childbirth. In this course the family is the client and is viewed in both health and illness. Nursing practice is guided by combinations of family theories and associated assessment tools. Clinical practice guidelines and/or standardized procedures in normal developmental processes of the family and in disease and illness are considered in relationship to their impact on providing culturally sensitive, client-centered care. Professional fee required.  (Letter grade only.)

Credits

4

Prerequisites

NURS 230T with grade C or better; and both NURS 230C and NURS 230L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 360 : Health & Illness III

Builds on Health & Illness I & II, focusing on more complex and/or unstable client care situations some of which require strong recognition skills and rapid decision-making. The evidence base supporting appropriate focused assessment and effective, efficient nursing intervention is explored. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in client choices for treatment or palliative care within the acute care, psychiatric, and home health settings. Case scenarios incorporate prioritizing care needs, delegation and supervision, family & client teaching for discharge planning, home health care and/ or end of life care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only)

Credits

9

Prerequisites

NURS 320 with grade B or better.

NURS 360C : Health & Illness III Clinical

Clinical course focuses on complex situations requiring the application of strong recognition, skills and rapid decision making. (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 320T with a grade C or better; and both NURS 320L and NURS 320C with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 360L : Health & Illness III Lab

Lab course focuses on complex situations requiring the application of strong recognition, skills and rapid decision making. Evidence base supporting assessment and nursing intervention is explored.  (CR/NC grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 320T with grade C or better; and both NURS 320C and NURS 320L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 360T : Health & Illness III

Builds on Health & Illness I & II, focusing on more complex and/or unstable client care situations some of which require strong recognition skills and rapid decision making. The evidence base supporting appropriate focused assessment and effective, efficient nursing intervention is explored. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in client choices for treatment or palliative care within the acute care, psychiatric, and home health settings. Case scenarios incorporate prioritizing care needs, delegation and supervision, family & client teaching for discharge planning, home health care and/or end of life care. Nursing Professional Fee required. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 320T with grade C or better; and both NURS 320C and NURS 320L with grade CR.

Corequisites

NURS 362 : Professionalism in Nursing II

Focuses on nursing responsibility with regard to current issues in nursing and health care. Included is the nurse’s role as a contributing member of the profession and the community. The theoretical basis for designing and implementing systems of nursing at the beginning level of patient management in an institutional setting will be explored. Principles of organizational structure, leadership, decision-making, priority setting, and change will be discussed. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

NURS 320 with grade B or better.

NURS 363 : Introduction to Nursing Research

Introduces the research process and provides an understanding of the applicability of the scientific approach to nursing. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MATH 115 with grade C or better; or AS in Nursing, or consent.

NURS 366 : Advanced Cardio-Pulmonary Theory

Develops advanced nursing theory related to the care of clients and the support of significant others for clients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Focuses on anatomy, physiology and physical assessment of the cardiac and respiratory system. Application of the nursing process to specific cardiac and respiratory disorders. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

NURS 230 with grade B or better, or licensed RN, or consent.