Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Program

Dr. Diane Knight

Dr. Diane Knight, Chair,
Department of Graduate
and Post-Baccalaureate
Nursing Programs

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 as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). 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 with either the American Academy if Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Through core courses, practicums and a capstone course, 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.MSN Graduates

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

  • Flexible course scheduling
  • An experienced faculty dedicated to teaching
  • A program that balances theory and practice
  • Full or part time study
  • BSN to Family Nurse Practitioner
  • A Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • An RN to MSN Pathway


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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