RN to MSN Programs in Hawaii

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Hawaii

There are 5 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Hawaii in our online directory, with 3 programs being CCNE accredited, and zero programs being ACEN accredited. 60% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing Degree

Typical curriculum for MSN programs vary based on the specialization and track selected. Many programs prepare students for certification as a Nurse Practitioner. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NP programs should provide theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge that prepare students for national certification in their anticipated area of population-focused practice.

Some programs prepare students to be Nurse Educators. Typical courses include curriculum development, theoretical foundations and instructional strategies, experiential learning, and strategies for assessment and evaluation. Graduates of Nursing Education MSN programs are prepared to be faculty or clinical instructors in schools of nursing or employment in staff development positions in health care institutions.

A third common path is to seek an MSN that prepares students for administrative or clinical leadership roles. Programs focused on administrative leadership may include courses in the management of financial resources, health care information systems, creating a professional working environment, and role development for nursing management. These programs may prepare students for certification as a Certified Nurse Manager and Leader by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.

- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Licensure in Hawaii

Students who graduate from a program that prepares Nurse Practitioners are licensed as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) by the Board of Nursing. Hawaii APRNs must seek licensure to practice and licensure for prescriptive authority. Requirements for initial licensure include: current Hawaii RN licensure, an unencumbered license in all other states in which the applicant is licensed as an RN or APRN, completion of an accredited graduate-level program, and national certification. Applicants who would like prescriptive authority must submit evidence of completing 30 contact hours in advanced pharmacology education as part of an educational program or from a Board of Nursing approved continuing education provider within the previous three years.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NPs licensed in Hawaii have full practice authority. This means that NPs are able to practice to the full extent of their education and training without any requirements for a formal supervisory or collaborative relationship with a physician as a condition for providing direct patient care. This form of regulation adheres to nationally recommended models.

Nurse educators and nurse leaders may be licensed as either an APRN or RN, depending on their individual training and educational background. The Board of Nursing licenses RNs by examination and endorsement.

MSN and FNP Salaries

According to data published in May 2018 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner in Hawaii was $120,570. This is considerably higher than the average RN salary of $98,080.

According to a 2019 report by the Hawaii Center for Nursing, the majority of APRNs are employed in an ambulatory care setting. The top three specialties are Adult-Gerontology, Family Health, and Pediatrics. Nearly 40% of the existing nursing workforce is age 50 or older, which will create workforce vacancies as these nurses choose to retire. Hawaii as a state continues to struggle with underserved populations and numerous primary care provider shortage areas.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Hawaii

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu
  • MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Hawai’i Pacific University teaches advanced-practice nursing knowledge to manage patient-centered primary care and health and illness problems of patients of all ages. This program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN/MBA Joint Degree
  • The MSN/MBA Joint Degree program at Hawai’i Pacific University offers students the option of a dual degree in nursing and administration. The program is accredited by the CCNE and takes 48 credit hours to complete.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu
CCNE
  • Master of Science (MS) in Nursing
  • The MSN program at University of Hawai’i at Manoa prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers specialties in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Public Health Nurse.
University of Phoenix-Hawaii
Honolulu
NA
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administration
  • The Nurse Administration program at the University of Phoenix Hawaii graduates nurses who are skilled in fulfilling leadership and executive roles within the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
  • The Nurse Education program at the University of Phoenix Hawaii prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and completed entirely online.