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Nurses have become critical to the healthcare system in Hawaii, taking on many of the responsibilities that have traditionally been entrusted to doctors. With the medical community relying more and more on nurses, and the need for healthcare on the rise, nursing has become a profession in high demand. In Honolulu, there are plenty of opportunities for nurses at all levels. Given the increasing responsibility in the field, it is essential that aspiring nurses have the best training available.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified nursing assistants provide for the most basic level of patient care, helping with everyday activities like bathing, getting dressed, and eating. CNAs also help licensed practical nurses and registered nurses with some basic medical tasks, taking patients’ vital signs and monitoring symptoms. CNA programs only take several weeks to a few months to complete, so becoming a CNA is by far the fastest way to launch a career in the medical field. Additionally, since programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, this tends to be an affordable way to launch your career. CNAs in Honolulu can expect to earn around $28,800 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses provide for a higher level of patient care, and have more responsibilities in the workplace. LPNs report to physicians and registered nurses to provide for their patients’ overall well-being, monitoring symptoms, administering medications, and reporting any changes in a patient wellness. LPN programs generally take between 12 and 18 months to complete, and can be taken at vocational schools and community colleges. LPNs in Honolulu can expect to earn around $45,700 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses provide for a high level of care, reporting directly to doctors and helping them manage a team of other nurses and medical support staff, planning, implementing, and assessing patient care. Aspiring RNs can either pursue a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The associate’s degree program is a faster route to a nursing career; however, the bachelor’s degree program provides a more intensive training, a considerable advantage on the job market, and generally correlates with higher pay. RNs in Honolulu can expect to earn around $91,000 per year.

If you are interested in starting your nursing career in Honolulu, Hawaii, check out the below list of the best programs in the area.

Featured Schools

Honolulu nursing schools by NCLEX score

Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road | Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall | Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Hawaii
745 Fort Street | Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800 | Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Certificate in Transcultural Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Kapiolani Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.6% 2010 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2010 to 2012
University of Hawaii at Manoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.4% 2010 to 2012
Direct Entry MSN 87.1% 2010 to 2012
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Hawaii Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.8% 2010 to 2012
Hawaii Pacific University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.7% 2010 to 2016
Certificate in Transcultural Nursing
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
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