Nursing Programs In Hawaii


The nursing profession is the backbone of every healthcare system. Nurses play a critical role in ensuring patients’ medical health and care. Nurses are also well-compensated for their services and their jobs are expected to grow faster than the average for many other occupations from 2012 to 2022.


Nurses are academically and practically qualified and trained to do their job. There are many academic pathways that you can follow to become a registered nurse (RN). An associate’s degree or a Bachelor of Science In Nursing (BSN) degree are the most popular paths to becoming a registered nurse in the United States. These degrees are offered all across the United States, and Hawaii is no exception.


Nursing programs in Hawaii

There are many universities in Hawaii offering various nursing degrees to those interested in serving in the state’s healthcare sector. In addition to the abovementioned degree programs, universities also offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree as well as doctoral degrees in nursing.


A BSN degree, typically a 4-year program, prepares its students for qualifying for entry-level positions in nursing environments; prepare them to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and graduate level study in nursing. It is worth mentioning here that all nurses in the state of Hawaii, like everywhere else, must be licensed to practice.


An MSN degree is a 2-year program which prepares RNs for leadership and management roles in various settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, etc. As part of the degree, students may elect to specialize in a particular field such as:


  • Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Doctoral degrees in nursing are to further polish the leadership skills of those with an MSN degree. The emphasis is on innovation, excellence and leadership. Eligible students may choose to enroll in a PhD in nursing or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. The former may take around 4 years to complete while the latter may be completed in 2 years. There may be programs out there that can have shorter or longer durations also.


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