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Graduate Programs

The UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene offers graduate nursing education at the master’s and doctoral levels to prepare nurses with advanced skills for the dynamic nursing profession.

UHM nurses with graduate preparation provide direct and indirect patient care at an advanced level with a focus on the adult, family, geriatric, and public health areas; conduct research; teach; lead health systems; create public policy; and implement evidence-based solutions in healthcare. Nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree have opportunities to impact the systems level design and implementation of care. Graduate nursing courses are offered in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats.

Effective with fall 2015 classes, post-baccalaureate entry to the DNP and PhD degree programs will be offered to align with the national direction of the nursing profession.
 

Pathways

Our pathways are tailored to provide a seamless, accelerated approach toward a graduate nursing degree for:

  • Non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing
  • Graduate Entry Program in Nursing pathway to the MS, DNP, or PhD
  • RNs that have a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • MS, DNP, or PhD
  • RNs that have an associate degree and a non-nursing bachelor's degree in a health-related field
  • MS, DNP, or PhD
  • RNs that have a master’s degree and want to obtain a doctoral degree
  • DNP or PhD
     

Degrees & Specialties

The school offers the following degrees and specialty focus areas:

  • Master of Science: prepares the nurse for an advanced role
  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Advanced Public Health Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: prepares the nurse expert for specialized advanced nursing practice
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master’s to DNP
  • MBA in Health Care from UH Manoa Shilder College of Business
  • PhD in Nursing: prepares the nurse for a career in research and academic education
     

Graduate Program Offerings

The table below summarizes our offerings and provides links to the relevant program information. 

Advanced Specialty / Focus

Degree Program at UHM

Pathway Options

# of Credits

Program Length

Study Options (Full or Part-time)

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

(AGCNS)

Master’s

  • Bachelor’s to MS (traditional route)
  • ADN-BS/BA to MS
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to MS*

 

42 – 45

 

2 yrs
4 yrs

 

Full-time,
Part-time

Advanced Public Health Nursing

(APHN)

Master’s

  • Bachelor’s to MS (traditional route)
  • ADN-BS/BA to MS
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to MS*

 

30 - 39

 

1 yr
2 yrs

 

Full-time,
Part-time

 
 
 
DNP
  • Bachelor’s to DNP
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to DNP*
77 3 yrs Full-time only, Cohort model

Family Nurse Practitioner

(FNP)

DNP

  • Bachelor’s to DNP
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to DNP*

 

77

 

3 yrs

 

Full-time only, Cohort model

Master’s to DNP

(DNP)

DNP

  • Master’s to DNP

36-53

 

2 yrs

 

 

Part-time, Cohort model

MBA in Health Care from Shidler College of Business (MBA-HC) to DNP

DNP (UH Manoa Nursing)

following

MBA-HC (Shidler)

  • Bachelor’s to DNP
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to DNP**
  • Master's to DNP (not Shidler MBA-HC)

29 credits

following

48 credits for MBA-HC

3 semesters

following

22 months for MBA-HC

Part-time,
Cohort model

following

MBA-HC

PhD in Nursing (Research)

PhD

  • Bachelor’s to PhD
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to PhD*
  • Master’s to PhD (traditional route)

 

50

plus dissertation

 

4 yrs

 

Part-time,

Cohort model

* GEPN students must complete the pre-licensure year and obtain the RN license before entering the advanced specialty/focus.

** GEPN Applicants: The UH Manoa Shidler College of Business Executive MBA in Health Care program admits students every 2 years.

Apply to GEPN Start GEPN Program Finish GEPN Program Start MBA-HC
2015 *** 2016 2017 2018
2016 2017 2018 2018
2017 *** 2018 2019 2020
2018 2019 2020 2020

*** Odd year GEPN applicants will have a one-year delay getting into the Shidler MBA-HC program.
 

Which Terminal Nursing Degree is Right for You?

DNP

PhD

Designed as a professional practice doctorate integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice

Prepares nursing scholars with a focus on culturally appropriate clinical research aimed at improving the health of people in diverse societies and to teach in nursing education programs.

Competencies: Knowledge and skill in applying and translating research into practice; Leads dissemination and integration of new knowledge in health care organizations.

AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/pdf/Essentials.pdf

Competencies: Knowledge and skill in utilizing theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches to conduct research; Contributes new knowledge to nursing and health care.

AACN Taskforce on the Future of the Research Focused Doctorate.  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/phdposition.pdf

Program Outcome: Leaders in clinical and executive positions translating emerging science and developing policy to improve patient and population-based care

Program Outcome: Scientists prepared for a research career in research-intensive environments and health care.  Nurses prepared for a faculty research role in academia.

Final Project: A practice-application final DNP project in collaboration with the employer

Final Project: Completion and defense of an original research proposal and project

 

Contact

Program

Advisor

Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN)

gepn@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-0445

Master's Degree

Ray Jarman
gradnurs@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-3519

DNP Program

Aeza Hafalia
dnpnurs@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-8401

PhD Program

Aeza Hafalia
phdnurs@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-8401

 

Questions related to the Office of Graduate Education application, should be sent to them directly at graduate.education@hawaii.edu or 808-956-8544.

For technical assistance with your NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS directly at http://www.nursingcas.org or 617-612-2880.

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