Nursing Degrees in Hawaii
(found programs from 32 schools)

State Nursing Board: Hawaii Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Hawaii Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Healthcare Association of Hawaii

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Hawaii is often recognized for its tourism industry, its natural beauty, and its rich history, but did you know that it also has one of the strongest health care systems in the entire United States? Whether you're talking about long-term care, emergency care, or preventive care, Hawaii's health care system is known for providing residents with excellent care. If you want to do your part in providing much-needed services to patients, consider becoming an RN or LPN in Hawaii. If you are already a nurse, you can expand your education to improve care as well. Contact the Hawaiian nursing schools on our site to get started.

If you want to work in long-term care, this may be the place to start your career. The Civil Beat reports that Hawaii has the highest percentage of top-rated nursing homes in the United States. However, according to Biz Journals, it is still difficult for long-term care facilities to retain the staff they need. Dedicating yourself to this specialty may give you a number of career options.

Nursing Education in Hawaii

Hawaii also makes nursing education a very high priority, so you may receive numerous funding opportunities and options as a student. The Hawaii State Center of Nursing recently received a $300,000 grant for nursing schools in Hawaii.

Consider starting your education now if you're interested in specialty positions in nursing. A new program recently launched to provide specialty training to new nurses that want to expand their skill base.

Preparing for a career in nursing requires you to be well-versed in many areas of health care, communication, and the physical sciences.

Nursing programs in Hawaii, whether they are LPN programs, Associate's-level RN programs, or Bachelor's-level RN programs, address these needs with a variety of courses. Some of the courses you may take as a Hawaii nursing student include Health Promotion Across the Lifespan, Professionalism in Nursing, Health and Illness, Global & Public Health, and Complex Nursing & Leadership.

Get familiar with hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes in your area, as you may spend quite a bit of time there as a nursing student and as a nurse in Hawaii. Most programs require several hundred clinical hours prior to graduation, and you may complete these hours in many different settings.

Once you have been accepted to a nursing program in Hawaii, let the financial aid search begin. Although student loans may be an option, you may wish to consider grants and scholarships before turning to student loans. If you are a native Hawaiian, consider applying for the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. In the Maui area, you may also be able to apply for grants through the Maui Nurses Scholarship Foundation. The Hawaii State Center for Nursing offers several scholarships during every academic year.

Outlook for Nursing in Hawaii

Nursing job growth in Hawaii is expected to be on par with the national average. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net predicts a 17 percent increase in LPN jobs and a 17 percent increase in RN jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual salary for LPNs in Hawaii is $48,980 (2016). RNs in Hawaii can expect to make an estimated $88,910 per year (BLS, 2016). If you have additional questions, or would like to know more about nursing as a profession, please check out Hawaii Board of Nursing, or email us at

Nursing Degree Programs in Hawaii

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MSN Programs from Hawaii Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in Hawaii.

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Hawaii Pacific University (Kaneohe, HI)
Program Name: Community Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
Program Name: Adult CNS, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS, Child & Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health CSN, Community/Public Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, MS/MBA, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing (online), MS in Nursing / MBA Health Care Management (online), MS in Nursing/Health Care Education (online), MS in Nursing/Master of Health Administration (online), Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited