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Hawaii Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide will give you an overview of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs available in Hawaii. The universities in Hawaii provide students with a diverse menu of concentrations from which to choose, among them nursing education, nurse practitioner, adult health clinical nurse specialist, and nursing executive leadership. In addition to traditional nursing programs, online universities like Western Governors University offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing entirely online.

Hawaii School Facts:

  • 4 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 2 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: University of Hawaii at Manoa 56%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: University of Hawaii Maui College 25%.1
  • Highest net price: Hawaii Pacific University $22,360.1
  • Lowest net price: University of Hawaii Maui College $6,757.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Hawaii with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $17,776 – $25,652.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Hawaii at Manoa (99).

Continue reading below where you will find profiles of the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in Hawaii and online.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Hawaii

Hawaii Pacific University
Hawaii Pacific University confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the 122 credit, four-year undergraduate program. The program is divided into general education requirements (45 credits) and nursing core and elective coursework. Nursing classes are comprised of four levels and cover such topics as pathophysiology, adult gerontology, altered mental health patterns, and childbearing family. Nursing majors also complete laboratory courses to gain hands-on experience and may be eligible for departmental and other nursing scholarships to help cover educational expenses. Registered nurses, who already possess an associate’s degree in nursing, can opt for the RN to BSN program.

Chaminade University
Chaminade University, unlike many universities, accepts undergraduates into the nursing major in their freshmen year of the four year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam and to work as registered nurses in Hawaii and in the mainland United States. The program combines both general college and nursing requirements with nursing majors taking nursing courses, such as introduction to nursing and lifespan development, beginning the first semester. In addition to coursework, students gain experience through clinical practicums at local medical facilities, including Castle Medical Center, Shriners Hospital, and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) is designed for those students who do not have a nursing license, who possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing, and who want to pursue a career as a nurse. The 52 credit program takes two years to complete. The first year, which spans a full 12 months, prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Nursing students must take and pass the NCLEX exam prior to beginning clinical courses. The second year of the MEPN program focuses on the traditional MSN curriculum. Graduate students in the MSN program may choose from one of the several specialties including nurse practitioner, adult health clinical nurse specialist, and nursing executive leadership. The MSN program generally requires between 44 credits and 64 credits depending on the specialty.

Western Governors University
Western Governors University affords graduate students in Hawaii the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) entirely online. Nursing students may choose to concentrate in nursing education or nursing management and leadership. Both programs require 38 credits to fulfill degree requirements and typically take between two and two-and-a-half years to complete. All graduate nursing students must complete core nursing courses and coursework in the concentration in addition to a capstone course and a mandatory 40-hour practicum. Successful applicants to the program generally already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and possess a current registered nurse’s license.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=HI&sort=best