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LPN to RN Programs in Hawaii

Hawaii is a diversified state, meaning that its nursing programs focus on diversity as well - caring for a variety of different patient populations.  RN programs are offered at a variety of community colleges, with bridge programs available, allowing an LPN to become an RN.

 

Hawaii Licensing Requirements

It is recommended that an RN candidate should enroll in a professional nursing program that is nationally accredited or state approved. There are five BSN programs within Hawaii: three in Honolulu, one in Hilo, and one in Kaneohe. Programs that have been completed in the armed forces are not usually found to be equivalent to RN programs.

RN Licensure by Exam

The state of Hawaii has strict guidelines for RNs to meet in order to gain licensure. In addition to completing the NCLEX exam (which costs $200 to take and cannot be completed until the candidate has received Authorization to Test) , the candidate must also submit the following:
  • Verification of educational requirements
  • $40 for the application fee
It is worth noting that a candidate may retake an exam but it has to be done within two years of completing the application. The exam is the second to last step in the licensing process with the last step being paying the licensing fee.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Candidates who completed a program in one of the other 50 states may be able to obtain licensure by endorsement. They will need to provide license verification through an official document

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International candidates are required to have equivalency evaluated through the CGFNP. They are also responsible for the NCLEX, with the exception of some Canadian nurses who took the SBTPE.

Total Schools: 4

Ranked Schools: 4

Ranked: 1 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4375188.75%

Kapiolani Community College

4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI - 96816-4496 (808) 734-9000

Kapiolani Community College is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Their motto is “Kulia I Ka Nu'u – Strive for the Highest.” They offer a practical nursing program, an RN program and a transition for LPN program.  The transition program is designed for LPNs who are seeking an RN license.

Campus: Honolulu, HI
Net Price: $4,704.00
Enrollment: 8,376
Transfer Out Rate: 28.60%
Loan Default Rate: $15.80
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $15.41%
Graduation Rate: 15.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,820.00%
Median Payment: 60.77%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.9235178.47%

Hawaii Community College

200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI - 96720-4075 (808) 934-2500

The Division of Nursing and Allied Health offers two separate nursing programs: the Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing leading to licensed practical nursing and the Associate of Science in Nursing leading to registered nursing. Adult Residential Care Home Operator classes are also offered. Upon completing the prescribed ARCH coursework, students will be eligible for licensure by the State Department of Health as an Adult Residential Care Home Operator.

Campus: Hilo, HI
Net Price: $8,623.00
Enrollment: 3,406
Transfer Out Rate: 13.50%
Loan Default Rate: $23.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $20.23%
Graduation Rate: 19.40%
Median Borrowing: 6,847.00%
Median Payment: 71.49%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.842176.84%

University of Hawaii Maui College

310 Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI - 96732-1643 (808) 984-3500
Campus: Kahului, HI
Net Price: $6,649.00
Enrollment: 4,076
Transfer Out Rate: 27.50%
Loan Default Rate: $26.30
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.38%
Graduation Rate: 11.40%
Median Borrowing: 9,589.00%
Median Payment: 100.12%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.7555175.11%

Kauai Community College

3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI - 96766-9591 (808) 245-8311
Campus: Lihue, HI
Net Price: $5,877.00
Enrollment: 1,530
Transfer Out Rate: 18.90%
Loan Default Rate: $21.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $31.83%
Graduation Rate: 16.00%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Hawaii

LPN to BSN Programs in Hawaii

RN to Bachelor’s programs are strong in the liberal arts and sciences, which are important to nurses who practice in Hawaii, a very multicultural state. It is important to remember important considerations such as: accreditation status, transfer of credits, student services, accessibility of instructors, tuition, and financial aid when selecting a RN-BSN program. Some of the most common courses offered in a RN to BSN program in Hawaii are:
  • Multicultural Care and Health Promotion
  • Adult Health Care II
  • Mental Health Care
  • Nursing Research
  • Community Health Care
  • Collaborative Health Care Leadership and Management
  • Professional Nursing Issues & Trends
  • Nursing Review with Practicum

 

Hawaii Licensing Requirements

It is recommended that an RN candidate should enroll in a professional nursing program that is nationally accredited or state approved. There are five BSN programs within Hawaii: three in Honolulu, one in Hilo, and one in Kaneohe. Programs that have been completed in the armed forces are not usually found to be equivalent to RN programs.

RN Licensure by Exam

The state of Hawaii has strict guidelines for RNs to meet in order to gain licensure. In addition to completing the NCLEX exam (which costs $200 to take and cannot be completed until the candidate has received Authorization to Test) , the candidate must also submit the following:
  • Verification of educational requirements
  • $40 for the application fee
It is worth noting that a candidate may retake an exam but it has to be done within two years of completing the application. The exam is the second to last step in the licensing process with the last step being paying the licensing fee.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Candidates who completed a program in one of the other 50 states may be able to obtain licensure by endorsement. They will need to provide license verification through an official document

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International candidates are required to have equivalency evaluated through the CGFNP. They are also responsible for the NCLEX, with the exception of some Canadian nurses who took the SBTPE.

Total Schools: 4

Ranked Schools: 4

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.268185.36%

University of Hawaii at Manoa

2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall, Honolulu, HI - 96822-2217 (808) 956-8975

University of Hawaii at Manoa is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Their nursing department offers many options for its nursing students.  They offer a general BSN degree.  They also offer a high school direct entry option, which allows an incoming freshmen entrance into the program.  There are also a variety of RN to BSN options; there is a specific RN to BSN program for those entering from certain community colleges.  There is also a generic RN to BSN program and a RN to BSN program for those RNs with more than two years of nursing experience.

Campus: Honolulu, HI
Net Price: $11,345.00
Enrollment: 14,499
Loan Default Rate: $5.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.21%
Graduation Rate: 56.50%
Median Borrowing: 17,962.00%
Median Payment: 187.54%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1865183.73%

University of Hawaii at Hilo

200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI - 96720-4091 (808) 974-7311

University of Hawaii at Hilo is located in Hilo, Hawaii.  Their nursing department offers a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  The RN to BSN program is offered mostly online with the exception of the clinical component.  They also have a DNP program.  The DNP program has a BSN to DNP option.

Campus: Hilo, HI
Net Price: $9,340.00
Enrollment: 3,457
Loan Default Rate: $9.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $15.61%
Graduation Rate: 36.40%
Median Borrowing: 12,500.00%
Median Payment: 130.51%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8055176.11%

University of Phoenix-Hawaii Campus

745 Fort Street, Honolulu, HI - 96813-3800 (866) 766-0766
Campus: Honolulu, HI
Net Price: $19,752.00
Enrollment: 1,281
Loan Default Rate: $19.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-10.39%
Graduation Rate: 21.80%
Median Borrowing: 17,476.00%
Median Payment: 182.47%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.6935173.87%

Hawaii Pacific University

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800, Honolulu, HI - 96813 (808) 544-0200
Campus: Honolulu, HI
Net Price: $22,217.00
Enrollment: 5,582
Loan Default Rate: $4.40
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $19.63%
Graduation Rate: 39.60%
Median Borrowing: 19,124.00%
Median Payment: 199.68%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Hawaii

Hawaii Licensing Requirements

It is recommended that an RN candidate should enroll in a professional nursing program that is nationally accredited or state approved. There are five BSN programs within Hawaii: three in Honolulu, one in Hilo, and one in Kaneohe. Programs that have been completed in the armed forces are not usually found to be equivalent to RN programs.

RN Licensure by Exam

The state of Hawaii has strict guidelines for RNs to meet in order to gain licensure. In addition to completing the NCLEX exam (which costs $200 to take and cannot be completed until the candidate has received Authorization to Test) , the candidate must also submit the following:
  • Verification of educational requirements
  • $40 for the application fee
It is worth noting that a candidate may retake an exam but it has to be done within two years of completing the application. The exam is the second to last step in the licensing process with the last step being paying the licensing fee.

RN Licensure by Endorsement

Candidates who completed a program in one of the other 50 states may be able to obtain licensure by endorsement. They will need to provide license verification through an official document

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

International candidates are required to have equivalency evaluated through the CGFNP. They are also responsible for the NCLEX, with the exception of some Canadian nurses who took the SBTPE.

Hawaii LPN Jobs by City

Hawaii Job Outlook

It is a fact that a highly educated nurse has the ability to provide safer and more effective patient care. Hawaii was chosen as a recipient of the Robert Wood Johns Foundation Academic Progression in nursing grant in 2012. It was a $300,000 grant that was used to create strategies that led to highly educated and diverse nursing population. There is a wide selection of jobs available in the nursing market of Hawaii that are based on your educational level. The Department of Health in Hawaii also has a variety of specialized nursing positions, which are perfect for a nurse with a Bachelor’s degree and they include:
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Genetics
  • Immunizations
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Early Intervention for at Risk Children and Families
  • Rural Health

Hawaii Registered Nursing Salaries

Honolulu has both more nursing opportunities and higher wages than the non-metropolitan areas of Hawaii like Maui and Kauai. Yet, both areas offer very high salaries for RNs compared to the continental United States.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Honolulu, HI 8,200 $44.61 $92,790
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 2,450 $40.75 $84,750
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data