Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Program

Hawai'i Pacific University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), offers the registered nurse the opportunity to advance his or her career in the following tracks:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)  50 creditsMSN Graduates
  • Adult-Gero Acute Care NP  51 credits
  • MSN/MBA Joint Degree  48 credits
  • RN-to-MSN
  • Post-Master's Certificates in FNP or A-GACNP

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program is designed to orient graduates to enhanced role primary care as advanced practice nurses. Graduate students are provided education in preparation for the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) credentialing exam or the A-GACNP exam with either the American Academy if Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). The DNP is not required to sit for the credentialing exams.

HPU is consistently designated in the list of military-friendly universities, and was designated Number One in the nation for Diversity in January, 2014.

Through core courses, practicums and a capstone course, MSN graduate students gain a solid foundation in advanced nursing practice and in preparation for a terminal degree at the DNP or PhD level. The faculty who teach in the MSN program are not only experienced educators, they are also experienced advanced practice nurses. Classes are small and the faculty readily provide students their individual attention.

The Hawai'i Pacific University Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program features:

  • Rolling admissions, and Spring Admissions
  • Practicum placements that also consider student preferences
  • Flexible course scheduling
  • An experienced faculty dedicated to teaching
"Flexible scheduling with class three evenings/week, less with hybrid courses; personal mentoring with faculty; and completion within 24 months full-time makes this program a very real possibility for the military student or spouse", Graduate FNP student Nick Munoz (November, 2014).


Hawai'i Pacific University College of Nursing and Health Sciences is committed to educating competent and caring professionals in the practice of health promotion and healthcare. Graduates are life-long learners and leaders dedicated to delivering holistic care in the spirit of aloha for a global community.


The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be ranked in the top nursing and health science programs delivering a distinct transcultural healthcare educational experience.

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Dr. Diane Knight

Diane Knight

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Chair
Associate Professor