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Four-year colleges and universities specialize in education with a broad spectrum. While a two-year institution typically focuses on specific trades, a four-year college ensures that students receive a well-rounded foundation in the basic sciences before taking a serious look at a selected concentration.

This works out well for students who remain focused on their chosen careers, as they end their studies on a four-year campus with a much better understanding of related skills and disciplines. In particular, a four-year university is perfect for aspiring registered nurses. Nursing is an interactive field, and a well-rounded education will assist in caring for patients that vary in age, disposition, and background.

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In Hawaii, graduates of a four-year institution can receive a bachelor's degree in registered nursing, typically called a "BSN." RNs in Hawaii earn an average wage of $41 per hour. For those who seek further education, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hawaii Pacific University both offer master's programs in nursing ("MSN" degrees), and the University of Hawaii at Manoa also has doctorate programs in registered nursing and nursing science. Nurse practitioners with these advanced qualifications earn wages close to $50 per hour.

Employers prefer nurses with bachelor's or master's degrees and pay higher salaries for these qualifications. The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the top nurse employers in Hawaii and is frequently hiring recent graduates.

If you want to increase your chances of entering the job market with stable well-paid employment, have a look below at the best four-year colleges and universities in Hawaii for nursing students.

Featured Schools

Honolulu

Hawaii Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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
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Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • 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 Honolulu
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Hawaii cities

University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Hawaii Maui College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Hawaii Maui College Kahului
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing