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Looking for the best options to kickstart a career in nursing? Hawaii has more than 17,000 nurses of various stripes, and even with more than 500 new nursing students graduating each year, the industry remains in constant need of qualified professionals.

Registered nursing vastly outnumbers all other nursing professions in the state. Hawaii has more than 10,000 RNs who provide care for the sick and injured in hospitals and other health care facilities. Hawaii Pacific University produces almost half of the state's RN graduates each year. HPU has the largest and most varied nursing department, offering programs from a certificate in nursing research to a master's degree in public health and community nursing. Although HPU is a large campus, it is also a private university, and thus class sizes are typically smaller than its public university counterparts.

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Whether at a large university or a small community college, class size is an important consideration given your personal learning preferences. Some students prefer the relative anonymity and unbiased atmosphere of huge lecture halls; others thrive with the more personal approach at which private universities and community colleges excel. The smallest community college on our list, Kauai Community College, has a total student population of only 900. Community colleges can launch your RN career in as little as two years with an associate's degree, or train you as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in just 12-18 months.

So let's have a look at the top nursing schools in Hawaii. We've organized them below by class size to aid in your education decision.

Featured Schools

Hawaii nursing schools: Largest to smallest

Hawaii Pacific University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 151 students during the 2016 period
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 108 students during the 2012 period
Direct Entry MSN: 37 students during the 2012 period
Kapiolani Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
University of Hawaii Maui College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 69 students during the 2012 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
University of Hawaii at Hilo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 37 students during the 2016 period
Hawaii Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Kauai Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
University of Phoenix - Hawaii
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
School Program Class size
Hawaii Pacific University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 151 students
University of Hawaii at Manoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing 108 students
Direct Entry MSN 37 students
Kapiolani Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 76 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 38 students
University of Hawaii Maui College Certificate in Practical Nursing 69 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 57 students
University of Hawaii at Hilo Bachelor of Science in Nursing 37 students
Hawaii Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Kauai Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 20 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
University of Phoenix - Hawaii Bachelor of Science in Nursing 3 students