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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The program offers the terminal degree in Nursing Practice and is designed as a post-baccalaureate or higher degree program to meet our statewide demand for a highly competent nursing workforce equipped with the skills to ensure the delivery of safe, quality nursing care in Hawaii.  The curriculum incorporates the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) as the foundation for the curriculum, integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. 


DNP Degree Entry Pathways

Students can enter the DNP degree program through one of the following pathways:
  • Graduate Entry Program in Nursing – non-nurse with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing
  • RN with baccalaureate in nursing
  • RN with a Master's degree in nursing or health related field
  • Post-Master's in Business Administration in Health Care from UH Manoa Shidler College of Business


DNP Specialties

The school offers the following DNP specialty areas:
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master's to DNP
  • Post-MBA in Health Care from UH Manoa Shidler College of Business


Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, the graduate is awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  The graduate is competent in the eight Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) and prepared to serve as a leader in clinical and executive positions, translating emerging science and policy directions to improve patient and population-based care delivery.


Partnership in the Nursing Education Exchange

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is a member of NEXus (The Nursing Education Xchange). NEXus is a collaboration between participating doctoral programs in nursing that allows doctoral students enrolled at member colleges and universities to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution for a common tuition price. 



Aeza Hafalia, MEd
Education Specialist
DNP and PhD Program
Phone: (808) 956-8401
Fax: (808) 956-5977

Pualani Gandall-Yamamoto, DNP, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director
Assistant Professor
Phone: (808) 956-5480


For the Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) to DNP

Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) Coordinator
Phone: (808) 956-0445

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