An educated nurse is one of the biggest key players in the healthcare team. The nursing field is constantly evolving with healthcare reforms and medical technology. There are a few programs offered on the islands of Hilo and Honolulu. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of on-campus programs in the state so distance learning is becoming a more popular option for nursing students. According to the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), there are more than 390 RN to Baccalaureate programs offered online. All of the programs are intended to broaden the scope of nursing practice by building on the education you already received in your diploma or associate degree program.

In our Hawaii RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Hawaii RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Hawaii, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Hawaii RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs44
Average NCLEX Passing Rate81.00%80.18%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range76.73% to 89.15%73.33% to 86.45%
Average Net Price$6,463.25$15,663.50
Average Net Price Range$4,704.00 to $8,623.00$9,340.00 to $22,217.00
Average Student Loan$6,689.00$16,765.50
Average Student Loan Range$4,500.00 to $9,589.00$12,500.00 to $19,124.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Hawaii

Best Ranked RN Programs in HawaiiTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Hawaii and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 4 ADN degree programs and 4 BSN degree programs in Hawaii. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Hawaii to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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89.67 ADNKapiolani Community College1305 Honolulu

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.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
85.97 ADNHawaii Community College2453 Hilo

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.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
74.27 ADNUniversity of Hawaii Maui College3665 KahuluiPublicCampusACENSee School Details
72.12 ADNKauai Community College4683 LihuePublicCampusACENSee School Details
85.86 BSNUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa1376 Honolulu

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.

PublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
81.13 BSNUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo2463 Hilo

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.

PublicCampus, HybridACEN, CCNESee School Details
72.33 BSNUniversity of Phoenix-Hawaii Campus3515 HonoluluPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineSee School Details
70.30 BSNHawaii Pacific University4523 HonoluluPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details