Master of Science in Nursing

MSN program
One Program
Multiple Options
With an MSN, you have many options:
MSN program

Family Nurse Practitioner Program

MSN program Adult-Gero Acute Care NP Program
MSN program Joint MSN/MBA Degree
MSN program Post-Master’s Certificate Program
MSN program RN to MSN Pathway

Why Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)?
The ways in which health care is offered and paid for is changing as never before, and with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, there is a growing need for Nurse Practitioners (NP). For nurses who want to provide culturally-appropriate primary care services for families, the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is for you.

If your experience is in acute care and you want to utilize your expertise in chronic conditions such cardiac, neuro or renal care, for example, you are uniquely suited to manage these conditions for patients in the outpatient or inpatient setting. It is not the setting that determines the scope of practice, but the role in which the NP is functioning. Such an FNP might provide continuity services for all diabetic patients in an agency, whether the patient is in outpatient clinic or in-house for an unrelated procedure.

Why HPU for your MSN?
The changing health care environment presents significant opportunities for nurses who want to become healthcare providers in primary care. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Hawai‘i Pacific University offers the Family Nurse Practitioner track (FNP). The MSN FNP qualifies the graduate to sit for the national FNP Certification Exam required for licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a Family Nurse Practitioner designation eligible for prescriptive authority. The philosophy of holistic care in a culturally diverse society guides the program.

  • Through core courses, practicums, and capstone options, HPU students develop a strong foundation in advanced practice nursing in a variety of family practice settings.
  • HPU faculty ensures your clinical placement for your practicum coursework. You are NOT responsible for finding your own preceptors in our program.
  • The MSN program at HPU deeply appreciates that Hawai‘i is a diverse community that attracts a wide range of learners. HPU students come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.
  • Because the HPU MSN program was designed for the working nurse, class scheduling is flexible. Core classes the first year are held in the evening and full- or part-time study is available.
  • HPU MSN faculty are leaders locally, nationally, and internationally. They are committed educators, scholars, researchers, expert nurses, and skilled change agents. You will benefit from their wide range of experience, and all NP faculty are practicing in their areas of specialty.
Admission Requirements

Individuals wishing to apply to the MSN degree program at HPU are required to submit the following:

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Hawaii RN License
  • Resume
  • $50 Application Fee
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Already a Registered Nurse, but do not have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?
HPU offers the RN-to-MSN program, in which the RN takes one year of undergraduate coursework to satisfy the requirements of baccalaureate nursing education, and then continues directly into the MSN program to graduate with an MSN FNP in three years of full-time study.

Recent MSN graduates enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:   Success comes naturally to HPU MSN alumni, including:
  • Cardiology Private Practice Group with MDs and NPs, Honolulu, HI
  • Renal Private Practice Group with MDs and NPs, Honolulu, HI
  • Minute Clinic FNP, Honolulu, HI
  • Urgent Care FNP, Portland, OR Community Health Center FNP, Waianae, HI
  • Private Practice Group, Seattle, WA
  • US Air Force FNP
  • Adjunct faculty at HPU, UH, and Chaminade Universities, Honolulu, HI

Success comes naturally to HPU MSN alumni, including:

  • Heidi Reed (’11), Owner, Family Medical Clinic, Arizona
  • Juvy Jabel (‘12, Co-owner Family Practice Office, Kansas City
  • Grant Gansley (’12), US Army FNP
  • Pam Miyashiro (’13) Breast Cancer Awareness campaign & services, FILCOM, Waipahu.

MSN program

Degree Requirements

50 Semester Credits b 16 Courses

Core Courses — 20 Credits
NUR 6000
Advanced Practice Roles in
a Diverse Society
NUR 6010
NUR 6020
Advanced Nursing Research
NUR 6030
Advanced Physical Assessment
NUR 6005
NUR 6015
Health Care Policy and
Program Planning
NUR 6025
Applied Drug Therapies
for the APRN

Family Nurse Practitioner track — 30 semester credits
NUR 6960
Advanced Theory: Primary
Care of Children
NUR 6963
Practicum II
NUR 6966
Advanced Theory: Primary
Care of the Geriatric Adult
NUR 7000
Professional Paper/Project
NUR 6961
Practicum I
NUR 6964
Advanced Theory: Primary
Care of Adults
NUR 6967
Practicum IV:
NUR 6962
Advanced Theory: Primary
Care of Women
NUR 6965
Practicum III

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate — 27 semester credits
This certificate program is designed for nurses with a previous master’s degree in nursing who are seeking to expand their roles via nurse practitioner certification, A master’s prepared nurse professionally certified in one of the three practicum components (adult, pediatrics, or women’s health) of the family nurse practitioner program would receive credit for previous completion of the equivalent course and practicum and who meet the admission requirements for the graduate program in nursing. The 27 FNP credits are the same as the FNP Concentration credits, minus the NUR 7000 capstone Professional paper. Graduate level Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physical Assessment and Roles in a Diverse Society or their equivalent within the past five years. Applicants may be admitted without these prerequisites, but will be required to complete them prior to beginning practicum studies.

RN-to-MSN Degree Requirements
After successful completion (GPA 3.0) of the following bridge courses, the student moves to the Core Courses then the FNP track.
WRI 1200
Research, Argument, and
NUR 2940
Health Teaching
NUR 4700
Nursing Research
NUR 4961
MATH 1123
Leadership and Management
in Nursing
NUR 4960
Developing a Healthy

MSN Tuition

For the 2013-14 academic year, full-time tuition for the MSN program is:
$1,150 per credit

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For more information about:
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
    A variety of financial support opportunities are available to help make your education affordable. Depending on your status — full-time, part-time, and the number of credits you are taking — you may be eligible to apply for several types of financial aid, including federal loans, University scholarships, and private financing. Visit:
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
    HPU is proud to participate in the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which enables veterans who are 100 percent eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, or family members eligible for transferred benefits, to have their tuition fully covered up to a specific number of credits. Visit:
  • Federal Financial Aid
    U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in applying for financial aid can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit:
  • Applying to HPU
    The Office of Graduate Admissions offers personalized support to prospective students, helping them select the best graduate program to meet their needs and guide them through the application process. To apply, visit:

MSN programIf you need to talk to an HPU representative please contact us below:

Office of Graduate Admission
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 911
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

Fax: +1.808.544.0280
Toll-free U.S. and Canada: 1.866.GRAD.HPU