RN to BSN in Hawaii

Hawaii, the second highest paying state for nurses after California, has approximately 10,300 RNs currently employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of October 2014, RNs were earning an annual average of $85,380, although this ranges from roughly $29,780 to $106,770 depending on licensure and degree level. Surprisingly, there are no major differences in the pay grade between Hawaiian cities: Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Kaneohe, Pearl City and Waipahu all have the same median salary of $74,770. However, Honolulu has the highest number of employment opportunities.

The Hawaii Action Coalition is currently working to have 80% of nurses in Hawaii hold a BSN by 2020 to increase patient satisfaction and success rates. Below we have compiled a list of all the accredited RN to BSN programs in the state to help aspiring Hawaii nurses achieve their full professional potential.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Hawaii

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Hawaii’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Hawaii Pacific University

$ 740 per credit lower division
$ 955 per credit upper division

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 28
  • Spring: October 15
  • The RN to BSN pathway is a five semester, 120 credit hour program.
  • Classes are offered during the day, evenings and on weekends.
  • Students gain a variety of interesting hands-on experience through clinicals at Oahu’s many health care agencies.
  • HPU is also a very military-friendly university that strives to work with potential incoming and exiting transfer students to ensure the best possible transition.
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University of Hawaii at Hilo

$ 277 resident
$ 777 nonresident

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring December 1
  • The program consists of a residency requirement of 30 UH Hilo credits, of which 24 UH Hilo BSN nursing credits are required, totaling between 128 and 130 credits for graduation.
  • Most students take about two years to complete the program; however, it can be completed in as few as three semesters and a summer session.
  • The RN to BSN by Distance Learning utilizes a variety of learning methods including interactive television (ITV), e-mail, WebCT, streaming video and on-site, in-person instruction.
  • All theory courses are available online; however, three classes have a clinical component.
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University of Hawaii at Manoa

$ 431 resident
$ 1,279 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Fall: January 5

  • UH Manoa’s RN to BSN is designed for RNs with less than two years experience and an associate degree.
  • The program consists of 34 upper division nursing credit hours.
  • Students living on Maui and Kauai also have access to the program, as long as they are able to complete the clinical component of the program satisfactorily.
  • UHM also offers an Executive RN to Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing program for practicing RNs with a minimum of two years work experience.
Hybrid 2500 Campus Road
Hawaii Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Hawaii that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Hawaii that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Hawaii has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Hawaii is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Hawaii RN’s with a BSN?

In an effort to have 80% of nurses holding a BSN by 2020, the AC is working to develop a seamless statewide curriculum for ASN to BSN programs.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to MSN Programs; State or Regional Competency Based Programs; State or Regional Shared Curriculum; and other methods.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC is hosting workshops and developing a leadership institute.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC has supported bills in the state legislature to update obsolete sections of the state regulations.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC has supported bills in the state legislature to update obsolete sections of the state regulations.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC is exploring ways to promote diversity with the funds from a three-year, $900,000 grant.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

The Hawaii State Center for Nursing conducts additional workforce and education surveys to fill information gaps.

Contact Info

Mark Forman

Hawai’i Medical Services Association Foundation

Mary Boland

Dean and Professor
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Beth Hoban

Prime Care Services Hawaii, Inc.

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Hawaii Action Coalition page.

Hawaii Licensing

Hawaii is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Hawaii nursing license is only valid within Hawaii. For licensing information, visit the Hawaii Department of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

  • National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Chapters in Hawaii

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    • Hawaii Student Nurses Association. This chapter does not have a website.

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