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Student Opportunities

UH Mānoa Nursing has a variety of programs available to our nursing students that provide support services, academic advising, and academic opportunities. UH Mānoa Nursing is committed to increasing the representation of and support provided to Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and veteran students. Certain programs are available specifically for these students.


The mission of ‘IKE AO PONO is to increase the number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Nurses in Hawaiʻi to improve health and healthcare, with special attention to at-risk, under-represented and under-served communities. The ‘IKE AO PONO program is designed to promote, mentor, and prepare nursing professionals to return to their home communities to support the health, well being and recovery of  native islanders and all peoples throughout Hawaiʻi nei. ‘IKE AO PONO provides Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students with access to quality nursing education at the baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral level.

Veterans to Nurses 

The Veterans to Nurses program is designed to facilitate veteran student success in the nursing program from admission to graduation and beyond. The program aims to increase the number of BS prepared nurses in Hawaiʻi, improve employment opportunities for veterans, and provide support services. Veteran students participating in the Veterans to Nurses program may enroll in any of the UH Mānoa Nursing pathways. Veterans with military medical training and experience may be able to receive academic credit towards completion of a nursing program with the goal to decrease time to graduation. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant no. UF1HP26981.

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