HPU Offers Military Corpsman Pathway to Bachelor’s of Nursing

September 22, 2014

HONOLULU — As an expansion to its noted nursing programs, Hawai‘i Pacific University has added a new pathway for military medical personnel who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

The new pathway, the LVN/LPN or Military Hospital Corpsman (HM) to BSN Track, provides an opportunity for Hospital Corpsman to take a national standardized exam to demonstrate equivalence in training and education to a Licensed Vocational Nurse, said Dr. Lynette Landry, dean of HPU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 

“This means that the Corpsman who passes the exam will be required to take courses that are equivalent to those required of an LVN/LPN who is seeking RN licensure,” said Landry. “For both LVNs and Corpsmen, there are now standardized exams that they can opt to take instead of our required courses.” 

This allows an LVN or Corpsman who has been working or who has had coursework in specific content areas a way to demonstrate knowledge and “receive academic credit without taking the course.” 

This new pathway can be integral in filling the increased demand for BSN-prepared nurses across care settings including hospital, primary care, home health, hospice and public health. 

Currently, there is also a lessening demand for LVNs and so this pathway was created to provide an opportunity for the LVNs and Corpsmen to gain the educational preparation needed to be competitive in the job market or graduate school applications, Landry added. 

The new pathway is for applicants who are HPU students, transfer students from Hawai‘i and the mainland who received Corpsman training while serving in the military.  HPU is hoping to have their first class of these students in the spring 2015 semester.  

Applications to the program are now open and close on Oct. 15, 2014.  LVNs and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs) who have a Hawai‘i license are eligible to apply, as well as Hospital Corpsmen who are active duty or veterans. 

For more information, call Dr. Pamela Almeida, BSN Department Chair, at (808) 236-5849 or email

HPU has one of the largest baccalaureate nursing programs in Hawai'i and continues to play a critical role in meeting the growing nursing needs of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities around the state. In addition to its degree programs, the college offers specialized certificates in transcultural nursing and forensic nursing. HPU's undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The college is scheduled to hold its first White Coat Ceremony, recognizing the significance of the nursing profession, on Sept. 29.