Hawaii Master's Degree in Nursing

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Hawaii MSN Programs

MSN programs in Hawaii allow graduates to work in some of the most advanced fields in nursing. These may include work in education or research, but they can be as basic as honing new management skills. The training a nurse receives at the associate's and bachelor's degree levels is more general than a nurse receives at the master's degree level.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Hawaii offers 2 different types of MSN programs: traditional classroom programs and online programs. The type of program a student chooses to enroll in is based on what is the best fit for him or her.

Traditional on-campus programs offer students the chance to learn directly from the instructor in person. Many students prefer this type of course so that they can benefit from the increased interaction with the teacher and other students. Nurses who work full-time often prefer the convenience of an online program, because these students are not required to commute to campus.

Students who do not live within a short drive of a traditional MSN program can also benefit greatly from an online program. These programs can be completed at home on the student's own time. This flexibility is seen as a major advantage over traditional programs by some students.

Each program offers different tracks that a student can choose to specialize in. For example, the following specialty tracks are offered at the University of Phoenix: Nursing and Health Care Education, Master of Health Administration, Health Care Management, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The MSN program at Brenau University offers 3 specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership and Management, and Nurse Education.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary from program to program, but they generally require students to:

  • Submit an application
  • Submit a check or money order for the application fee
  • Have graduated from an approved nursing program with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Submit personal references
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • Write an essay
  • Submit his or her GRE scores
  • Currently have an active RN license


Tuition costs for each program depend on which school and program an individual chooses to attend. For example, tuition at the University of Phoenix costs $20,065-$32,125 for an MSN degree. At Cappella University tuition for the MSN program is $21,000. A 6 month term for a student enrolled in the Western Governors University MSN program costs $3,250.

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Hawaii MSN Degree Prerequisites

Hawaii nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by The Hawaii Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in Hawaii, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in Hawaii and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of Hawaii RN to MSN programs

Those holding Hawaii RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

Hawaii MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In Hawaii, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the Hawaii Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of Hawaii grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In Hawaii, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of Hawaii.

Hawaii MSN Degree Resources

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