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Master’s in Business Administration to Doctor of Nursing Practice

The MBA graduate is required to take a minimum of nine (9) didactic credits and a varying number of 776 DNP Project credits, depending on practicum hours obtained in the student’s respective MBA program. A review of the MBA transcript by the DNP Program Director will indicate which additional courses each student will need to take, if any, to meet the Essentials. Each student’s pathway will be tailored accordingly. Per the University of Hawaii at Manoa Office of Graduate Education requirements, the students must complete a minimum of three academic semesters to obtain the DNP degree.


UH Manoa Shilder College of Business MBA in Health Care to DNP

The Master’s in Business Administration in Health Care (MBA-HC) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pathway begins with a program of study that allows students to obtain a MBA-HC degree through the Shidler Business College. The MBA-HC is a two-year program that requires completion of 48 credits for the degree. For information about the application process, please refer to UH Manoa Shidler Business College’s website at http://shidler.hawaii.edu/distance-emba/healthcare.
Shidler MBA-HC graduates can enroll in UH Manoa Nursing DNP courses to obtain their DNP degree. The DNP coursework is part-time, consists of a total of 29 credits, and meets the requirments outlined in the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing (AACN, 2006).
Applicants accepted for the Fall 2017 Shidler MBA-HC cohort must apply to the School of Nursing’s MBA-HC to DNP program by December 15, 2018. Interested applicants can indicate their interest in the DNP program by emailing the Program Coordinator at dnpnurs@hawaii.edu. Students accepted to the DNP program will begin nursing coursework in August 2019 after receiving their MBA-HC degree. 

Fast Facts

  • Admits licensed RNs possessing a master’s in business administration
  • Students enter and progress in a learning cohort with courses offered in a combination of required summer face-to-face sessions, online, and/or hybrid delivery.
  • Coursework includes a practice-based project.
  • Student receives individual advising and support throughout the program by faculty and practice-based advisors.

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) and prepared for an emerging leadership role. 

Updated: June 13, 2017



Aeza Hafalia, MEd
Doctoral Program Coordinator
DNP and PhD Program
NEXus Campus Staff Coordinator
Phone: (808) 956-8401
Fax: (808) 956-5977

Clementina Ceria-Ulep, PhD, MSN, RN
Acting Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
Phone: (808) 956-5225


If you require information in an alternative format, please contact us at: nursada@hawaii.edu

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