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The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene (SONDH) is the premier nursing and dental hygiene school in the State of Hawai‘i. Located on the Mānoa campus, the only doctoral/research university-intensive institution in Hawai‘i, we are dedicated to improving health through education, research, and service. The School provides instructional, clinical and research activities to enhance the health and care of diverse populations in the State of Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region.

 
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing Program Pathways

High School Direct Entry in Nursing

For high school graduates.

Fall admission only.

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa offers direct entry for high school graduates who are dedicated to completing their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in four years. With direct entry into our nursing program, a student’s academic path is secure. Students can have confidence that they have been admitted to the nursing program while they complete their prerequisite classes in a cohort based learning model. Students enter the program in the fall of their freshman year. With the BS degree, the student is prepared for graduate education and continued career development.  The student completes pre-requisites in Year 1 and begins nursing courses in year 2

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

For current UH and transferring college students without an RN.

Fall admission only.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program admits current Manoa and transfer students. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (For ADN Graduates from Consortium)

For ADN graduates from consortium program.

Fall admission only (Maui and Kauai)

Fall and Spring admission (Kapiolani)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing UH associate degree nursing graduates. It is a statewide continuing consortium nursing curriculum available to UH students from Maui College, Kauaʻi Community College, and Kapiʻolani Community College. The HSNC program is designed to provide an efficient immediate progression to the baccalaureate for the new RN with an associate degree.

Executive RN to BS

For ADN graduates with 2 or more years of RN experience.

The Executive RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing program for practicing RNs complements the statewide nursing consortium curriculum offered to UH students. It is a cohort program designed to provide a transition to the baccalaureate for the experienced associate degree RN. The cohort is admitted in the Fall semester.

RN to BS

For ADN graduates.

Fall admission only. 

The RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing program for associate degree nursing (ADN) graduates is a complement to the statewide continuing consortium nursing curriculum offered to UH students. The RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing program is designed to provide an efficient bridge to the baccalaureate for the associate degree nurse with less than 2 years RN experience.

 

Graduate Nursing Program Pathways

Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN)

For applicants who have a degree in a field other than Nursing and do not have an RN license.

Fall admission only.

The Graduate Entry Program in Nursing is an accelerated entry to an advanced practice nursing degree. The program consists of a pre-licensure year of study that is delivered across three continuous semesters. The student then transitions into one of the following advanced degree specialties: Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice. PhD study may be an option. If you are interested in a PhD, please contact the GEPN coordinator.

Master of Science

For applicants who have a BS in Nursing degree.

Fall admission only.

The Master of Science (MS) program is designed for registered nurses who seek to expand their knowledge and clinical expertise to assume advanced practice and leadership nursing roles. We offer the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Advanced Public Health Nurse programs.

RN to MS

For applicants who have a degree in a field other than Nursing and have an RN license.
 

Fall admission only.

The RN to MS program (with non-nursing baccalaureate) is an entry to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) who are graduates of an NLN accredited associate degree or diploma program, have a baccalaureate degree in an area other than nursing and wish to pursue the Master of Science degree.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

For nurses who have a bachelor's or higher degree.

Fall admission only.

The DNP is a professional (practice) doctorate integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. DNP specialties include the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and the Shilder MBA-Health Care to DNP. The program includes a completion pathway for master's prepared students.  

PhD in Nursing

For nurses who have a bachelor's or higher degree.

Fall admission only.

The PhD in Nursing program prepares nursing scholars with a focus on culturally appropriate clinical research aimed at improving the health of people in diverse societies and teaching in nursing education programs.

 

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dental Hygiene

High School Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa offers direct entry for high school graduates who are dedicated to completing their Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in four years. With direct entry into our dental hygiene program, a student’s academic path is secure. Students can have confidence that they have been admitted to the dental hygiene program while they complete their prerequisite classes in a cohort based learning model. Students enter the program in the fall of their freshman year. 

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

 

The Department of Dental Hygiene admits students to the bachelor of science degree program following completion of a minimum of 29 semester credit hours of prerequisite and the majority of general education courses.

 

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