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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The program 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 as the foundation for the curriculum, integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. 

The DNP is targeted to nurses seeking a terminal degree in Nursing Practice.  

DNP Degree Entry Pathways

Students can enter the DNP degree program through one of these pathways:

  • Graduate Entry Program in Nursing – non-nurse with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing
  • RN with baccalaureate in nursing
  • Master's degree in nursing or health related field
  • Master's in Business Administration in Health Care from UH Manoa Shilder 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
  • MBA in Health Care from UH Manoa Shilder College of Business

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, the graduate is awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  The graduate will be competent in the eight Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006) for a leadership role in the larger healthcare system.  The DNP graduate will be prepared to serve as leaders 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 price. 


Aeza Hafalia, MEd
Education Specialist
DNP and PhD Program
Phone: (808) 956-8401
Fax: (808) 956-5977
Debra D. Mark, RN, PhD
Program Director, DNP Program
Phone: (808) 956-5297

For the Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) to DNP
Shannon Mark, M.Ed.
Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN) Coordinator
Phone: (808) 956-0445

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