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Graduate Programs

The UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene offers graduate nursing education at the master’s and doctoral levels to prepare nurses with advanced knowledge and skills for the dynamic nursing profession.

UHM nurses with graduate preparation provide direct and indirect patient care at an advanced level with a focus on the adult, family, geriatric, and population health; conduct research; teach; lead health systems; create public policy; and implement evidence-based solutions in healthcare. Nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree have opportunities to impact the systems level design and implementation of care. Graduate nursing courses are offered in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats.


  • Master of Science: Prepares the nurse for an advanced role in population health.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Prepares the nurse for specialized advanced nursing practice and organizational leadership.
  • PhD in Nursing: Prepares the nurse scientist for a career in research.



  • Advanced Population Health Nursing (Master's)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (DNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP)
  • Organizational Leadership (Post-Masters to DNP)



  • Non-nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree
  • Graduate Entry Program in Nursing pathway to the MS, DNP, PhD
  • RNs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • MS, DNP, PhD
  • RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor's Degree in a Health-Related Field
  • MS, DNP, PhD
  • RNs with a Master’s Degree
  • DNP, PhD

Graduate Program Offerings

Advanced Specialty / Focus

Degree Program at UHM

Pathway Options

# of Credits

Program Length

Study Options (Full or Part-time)

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist



  • Bachelor’s to MS (traditional route)
  • ADN-BS/BA to MS
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to MS*


42 – 45


2 yrs
4 yrs



Advanced Public Health Nursing



  • Bachelor’s to MS (traditional route)
  • ADN-BS/BA to MS
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to MS*


30 - 39


1 yr
2 yrs



  • Bachelor’s to DNP
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to DNP*
77 3 yrs Full-time only, Cohort model

Family Nurse Practitioner



  • Bachelor’s to DNP
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to DNP*




3 yrs


Full-time only, Cohort model

Master’s to DNP



  • Master’s to DNP



2 yrs



Part-time, Cohort model

MBA in Health Care from Shidler College of Business (MBA-HC) to DNP

DNP (UH Manoa Nursing)


MBA-HC (Shidler)

  • Bachelor’s to DNP
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to DNP**
  • Master's to DNP (not Shidler MBA-HC)

29 credits


48 credits for MBA-HC

3 semesters


22 months for MBA-HC

Cohort model



PhD in Nursing (Research)


  • Bachelor’s to PhD
  • Graduate Entry (GEPN) to PhD*
  • Master’s to PhD (traditional route)



plus dissertation


4 yrs



Cohort model

* GEPN students must complete the pre-licensure year and obtain the RN license by the end of the first semester of the specialty.


Which Terminal Nursing Degree is Right for You?



Designed as a professional practice doctorate integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice

Prepares nursing scholars with a focus on culturally appropriate clinical research aimed at improving the health of people in diverse societies.

Competencies: Knowledge and skill in applying and translating research into practice; Leads dissemination and integration of new knowledge in health care organizations.

AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing.  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/pdf/Essentials.pdf

Competencies: Knowledge and skill in utilizing theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches to conduct research.

AACN Taskforce on the Future of the Research Focused Doctorate.  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/phdposition.pdf

Program Outcome: Leaders in clinical and executive positions translating emerging science and developing policy to improve patient and population-based care

Program Outcome: Scientists prepared for a research career in research-intensive environments and health care.  Nurses prepared for a faculty research role in academia.

A practice-application DNP project.

Completion and defense of an original research study.





Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN)

Chris Stutes, MLA 
GEPN Coordinator
Phone: (808) 956-0445

Master's Degree

Ray Jarman, PhD
Graduate Program Advisor
Phone: (808) 956-3519

DNP Program
PhD Program

Aeza Hafalia, M.Ed
Doctoral Program Coordinator
NEXus Campus Staff Coordinator
Phone: (808) 956-8401


For questions related to the UH Manoa, Office of Graduate Education application please contact graduate.education@hawaii.edu or 808-956-8544.

For technical assistance with the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS at http://www.nursingcas.org or 617-612-2880.

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