College of Health and Society Hawaii Pacific University

College of Health and Society Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI
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February 15
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3 Departments and Programs
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Nursing Graduate Programs at Hawaii Pacific University

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University offers five graduate nursing programs:

- Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Track

- Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track

- Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing

- Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration

- Post-master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

These programs are ideal for individuals interested in advancing their careers. They provide the following features:

- Experienced and dedicated faculty members

- Flexible course scheduling

- Practicum placements that consider student preferences

- Rolling and spring admissions

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the MSN trains registered nurses for positions as advanced practice nurses. It includes the Family Nurse Practitioner (50 credits) and Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track (51 credits).

These tracks include core courses, practicums, and capstone courses that enable students to develop a strong foundation in advanced nursing practice. They also receive preparation for the Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner credentialing exams with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or American Nurse Credentialing Center. Additionally, students obtain the academic foundation to pursue Doctor of Nursing Practice or Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Registered Nurse (RN) to Master of Science in Nursing

The RN to MSN path allows registered nurses without nursing baccalaureate degrees with certain accreditation or no baccalaureate degrees to transition into the MSN program.

Students who graduated from nursing programs that don't have accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) take three National League of Nursing (NLN) Nursing Acceleration Challenge (ACE II) exams:

- Book One: Care of the Adult Client

- Book Two: Care of the Client during Childbearing and Care of the Child

- Book Three: Care of the Client with a Mental Disorder

Students who don't hold baccalaureate degrees in nursing complete the following upper division courses:

- "Developing a Healthy Community"

- "Developing a Healthy Community" (with a lab component)

- "Health Promotion and Education"

- "Leadership and Management in Nursing"

- "Research Proposal Development"

- "Statistics"

MSN/MBA (Master of Business Administration)

The MSN/MBA program provides nurses with the advanced nursing practice and business management skills to undertake advanced clinical or administrative roles. Its 48-credit curriculum consists of 24 credits of core business courses, 12 credits of core nursing courses, 6 credits of specified elective courses, and 6 credits for a capstone project. Core business courses are as follows:

- "Accounting for Managers"

- "Economics for Business"

- "Financial Management and Strategy"

- "Management and Technology"

- "Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership"

- "The Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business"

- "Marketing Strategy for Managers"

- "Decision Models for Managers"

Core nursing courses include the following:

- "Advanced Practice Roles in a Diverse Society"

- "Epidemiology"

- "Community/Public Health Policy and Program Planning"

- "Advanced Nursing Research"

Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

The 27-credit Post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate allows nurses with MSN degrees to transition into family nurse practitioner roles without earning second master's degrees. It includes 27 credits for the following courses:

- "Advanced Theory: Primary Care of Children"

- "Practicum I"

- "Advanced Theory: Primary Care of Women"

- "Practicum II"

- "Advanced Theory: Primary Care of Adults"

- "Practicum III"

Graduate-level prerequisites include "Advanced Pathophysiology," "Pharmacology," and "Physical Assessment" or their equivalents.

Nursing Faculty

Nursing faculty members are experienced educators and advanced practice nurses who provide personalized attention to their students. Faculty members include the following:

- Assistant Professor April Akeo, PhD, MSN, MBA, BSN

- Professor Patricia Burrell, PhD., APRN, APMHCNS-BC, CNE

- Assistant Professor Lise Choucair, EdD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Graduate students may qualify for Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS loans. They might also receive merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships from Hawaii Pacific University.

Graduate assistantships allow students to work with faculty members to conduct academic research or provide nursing education. They provide a 25% tuition scholarship for 9 hours of work per week and a 50% tuition scholarship for 18 hours of work per week.

Hawaii Pacific University

Founded in 1965, Hawaii Pacific University is Hawaii's top private, non-profit university. With 7,000 students who represent all 50 states and nearly 80 countries, it's among the most culturally diverse universities in the United States. It offers students 50 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs, small class sizes, personalized attention, and diverse faculty members.

In 2016, "US News & World Report" ranked Hawaii Pacific University 77th among schools in the western region of the country. "The Princeton Review" named it one of the Best Western colleges.

The university has campuses in downtown Honolulu, Kaneohe, and Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.

Living and Learning in Oahu

With its tropical climate and natural beauty, Oahu offers many opportunities to relax and have fun. From lovely beaches to wonderful attractions to great entertainment, the island offers something for everyone.

Cultural destinations include Bishop Museum, Hanauma Bay, Kualoa Ranch, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Entertainment options include concerts, nightclubs, and plays.

Outdoor recreation includes biking, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, and camping. Shopping, family and youth activities, and farmer's markets are also popular recreational options.

Location & Contact

College of Health and Society

Hawaii Pacific University

1 Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States

Dr. Lynette Landry


Phone: 808-236-5811

Mr. Danny Lam

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 808-544-1135

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 57
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 6
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


84% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 89
    • Accepted 75
    • Acceptance Rate 84
    • Enrolled 50
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th Not Reported Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students119
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students119
    • Part-time Percentage19%
    • Full-time Percentage81%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino15%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian30%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian13%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander3%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown or International Student29%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty14
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%




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