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Nursing Schools in Hawaii – HI

Over 2200 non-physician healthcare jobs were available in Hawaii between the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, says the Hawaii Healthcare Workforce Initiative 2019 Report from the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. Over 460 open jobs were for registered specialty nurses. Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ranks Hawaii among the five top paying states in the United States for registered nurses (RNs). These are just a few reasons why this may be the right time for students to consider pursuing nursing careers in Hawaii.

There are various nursing degree programs on offer in Hawaii that may prepare you for a nursing career. These may available in on-campus, online or hybrid formats and may provide different levels of qualifications. To explore the different kinds of nursing programs, specializations, and jobs, you could take a look at our article Nursing Education, Schools and Career Overview.

What nursing schools are there in Hawaii?

Nursing schools in Hawaii are regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities or the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Below are examples of accredited nursing schools in Hawaii.

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawai'i Community College
  • Hawai'i Pacific University
  • Kapi'olani Community College
  • University of Hawai'i at Hilo
  • University of Hawai'i at M?noa

Here is an overview of some nursing degree programs that may help students begin their nursing careers in Hawaii.

  • Completing an Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program from a school such as Kapi'olani Community College, or Hawai'i Community College may prepare you to enter the job market as an RN. An ASN may be completed in around two to three years. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may qualify as RNs through the LPN-RN pathway.
  • With a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you may be ready for to work as a beginner-level generalist professional RN. University of Hawai'i at M?noa, Chaminade University of Honolulu, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and Hawai'i Pacific University are some of the schools that may have BSN degree programs.
  • LPNs who are ASN graduates from UH Consortium programs at Maui College, Kauai Community College, and Kapi'olani Community College may take the LPN to AS-NURS pathway at University of Hawai'i at M?noa to get a BSN degree. Hawai'i Pacific University may also offer LPNs and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) an LPN/LVN to BSN pathway.
  • RNs with an ASN may complete an RN-to-BSN degree program as a bridge to the baccalaureate. This program, which may take about a year and a half to complete, may be available at University of Hawai'i at M?noa, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and Hawai'i Pacific University.
  • Eligible Military Hospital Corpsman (HM) may acquire their BSN through a unique program, the HM-to-BSN degree program, which may be available at Hawai'i Pacific University.
  • A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program helps a qualified RN to specialize in a particular field. University of Hawai'i at M?noa may offer an online MSN in advanced health population nursing (APHN). Two MSN programs -- family nurse practitioner (FNP), and MSN adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AGACNP) -- may be available at Hawai'i Pacific University in hybrid formats.
  • If you have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field and do not have an RN license, you could explore the Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) from University of Hawai'i at M?noa. This program may allow you an entry to the MSN, DNP, or PhD programs in nursing.
  • Schools such as Hawai'i Pacific University and University of Hawai'i at M?noa may also offer RN to MSN pathway programs to RNs with an associate degree.
  • Acquiring a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree may give MSN graduates the highest level of qualification in nursing science. You could consider the online DNP degree program from Hawai'i Pacific University. Furthermore, University of Hawai'i at M?noa may offer a three-year hybrid DNP program to MSN degree holders, along with other pathways such as BSN to DNP, RN to DNP, and a graduate entry pathway. An interesting specialization that may be available is the part-time Post-Master's in Organizational Leadership program.
  • An exceptional program is the University of Hawai'i M?noa Shidler College of Business, Distance Learning EMBA - Health Care Management Track to Doctor of Nursing Practice Pathway. Students may first secure an MBA degree in healthcare before continuing with the DNP degree program.
  • With a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in nursing, you may be qualified to conduct research in nursing science and lead scientific teams. University of Hawai'i at M?noa may offer on-campus PhD programs in a variety of pathways including BSN to PhD, RN to PhD, MSN to PhD, and a graduate entry pathway.

What financial aid can I get for nursing programs in Hawaii?

A variety of federal and state financial aid such as grants, loans, work-study programs and scholarships may be available to eligible nursing students in Hawaii. Here are some examples of nursing scholarships in Hawaii.

  • Hawai'i Pacific Gerontological Society Nursing Scholarship Fund— may be awarded to eligible Hawai'i resident students who are pursuing an RN or LPN degree with an interest in geriatric nursing at a school in Hawai'i.
  • Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. Scholarship Fund for Nursing— Nursing students who are Hawai'i residents and graduates of a Hawai'ian Island high school may be eligible.
  • Margaret Jones Memorial Nursing Fund— may be awarded to a nursing student who is a Hawai'i resident and preferably a member of the Hawaii Nurses Association.
  • Langan Family Nursing Scholarship Fund— may be awarded to students who are residents of Kauai and are seeking to pursue a graduate degree in nursing with the intent to become a nurse practitioner. Students who intend to return to Kauai to specialize in gerontology or family practice may be preferred.

What do I need to know about nursing certifications in Hawaii?

Nursing certifications in Hawaii are usually granted by the Hawaii Board of Nursing. RNs who have been trained as certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse midwife (CNM), certified nurse practitioner (CNP) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS) may qualify as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

The Board usually accepts APRN candidates who have national certification from one of the following organizations:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • National Certification Corporation
  • American Midwifery Certification Board
  • National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Eligible APRNs may be granted prescriptive authority to prescribe medication to their patients based on their practice specialties.

Do I need a nursing license in Hawaii? How do I apply for it?

You may need a nursing license from the Hawaii Board of Nursing to pursue a nursing career in Hawaii. Typically, you are required to pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to be eligible. When applying for a license, you may need to submit the following.

  • An online application form
  • Degree transcripts (that may be sent directly to the Board)
  • A copy of a government issued photo ID that includes your date of birth
  • A copy of your social security card
  • A complete set of fingerprints submitted electronically for obtaining federal and state criminal history record checks

RNs who are licensed in another state may have to submit a self-query report from the National Practitioner Data Bank.

Temporary permits for up to three months may be granted to eligible nurses who are licensed in other states or candidates who are awaiting examination results.

Nursing licenses in Hawaii are usually valid for two years. LPNs and RNs may be required to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education courses before license renewal. APRNs with prescriptive authority may need to include at least eight hours of CE courses in pharmacology and to maintain current national certification.

What can I do with a degree in nursing in Hawaii?

Nursing salaries in Hawaii can be competitive. In fact, the BLS lists the Hawaii / Kauai non-metropolitan area among the top paying non-metropolitan areas in the country for registered nurses. Thus, with the suitable qualifications, you may have an opportunity for a rewarding nursing career in Hawaii in one of many well-paying positions such as a nurse anesthetist in Kahului or a nurse midwife in Honolulu.

Here is an overview of various nursing careers in Hawaii based on projected job growth, salaries and employment rates.

Sources:

  • Board of Nursing, State of Hawaii, Professional And Vocational Licensing Division, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Continuing Competency Guidance and Information Booklet For Nurses, Employers And Facilities, on the Internet at https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2013/06/BON-CCG-INFO-2017.pdf (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu, Nursing (B.S.), on the Internet at https://chaminade.edu/academic-program/nursing/ (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawai'i Community Foundation, Scholarship Search, Search for the keyword 'nursing', on the Internet at https://hcf.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/scholarx_scholarshipsearch.aspx (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional & Vocational Licensing, Board of Nursing, APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses), Requirements & Application, on the Internet at https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2019/03/Require-App-for-Advanced-Practice-Registered-Nurses_01.19R.pdf (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional & Vocational Licensing, Board of Nursing, Statute/Rule Chapter, HAR Chapter 89 - Nurses, on the Internet at https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2013/08/HAR-89-C.pdf (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
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  • Hawai'i Pacific University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, on the Internet at https://www.hpu.edu/chs/nursing/bsn/index.html (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawai'i Pacific University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN Pathway, on the Internet at https://www.hpu.edu/chs/nursing/bsn/rn-bsn.html (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawai'i Pacific University, Doctor of Nursing Practice, on the Internet at https://www.hpu.edu/chs/nursing/dnp.html (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawai'i Pacific University, LPN/LVN to BSN Pathway, on the Internet at https://www.hpu.edu/chs/nursing/bsn/lpn-lvn-bsn.html (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawai'i Pacific University, Master of Science in Nursing, on the Internet at https://www.hpu.edu/chs/nursing/msn/index.html (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Hawai'i Pacific University, Master of Science in Nursing, RN to MSN, on the Internet at https://www.hpu.edu/chs/nursing/msn/rn-msn.html (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • Kapi'olani Community College, General Catalog, Programs 2019 - 2020, on the Internet at https://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-2020-Degree-and-Certificate-Programs.pdf (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
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  • University of Hawai'i at Hilo, BSN Program Options, on the Internet at https://hilo.hawaii.edu/catalog/program-options (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
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  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Nursing - Graduate Program Overview, Master of Science, on the Internet at https://nursing.hawaii.edu/nursing-graduate/masters/ (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Nursing - Graduate Program Overview, Graduate Entry Program in Nursing, on the Internet at https://nursing.hawaii.edu/nursing-graduate/graduate-entry-program-in-nursing/ (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Nursing - Graduate Program Overview, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), on the Internet at https://nursing.hawaii.edu/nursing-graduate/doctor-of-nursing-practice/ (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Nursing - Graduate Program Overview, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Post-Master's in Organizational Leadership, on the Internet at https://nursing.hawaii.edu/nursing-graduate/doctor-of-nursing-practice/post-masters-in-organizational-leadership/ (accessed on 23 September, 2019)
  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Nursing - Graduate Program Overview, PhD in Nursing, on the Internet at https://nursing.hawaii.edu/nursing-graduate/phd/ (accessed on 23 September, 2019)

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