Doctorate of Nursing Practice to be offered in Fall 2012

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jun 9, 2011

The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will offer a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree beginning in Fall 2012.
At its May meeting, the UH Board of Regents approved development of a post-master’s DNP program at UH Mānoa. Building on the master’s program curriculum, the DNP is designed as a professional (practice) doctorate integrating evidence based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. The DNP is targeted to nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and will complement the Manoa research focused PhD in nursing program.
“We are delighted to offer students the option to select the doctoral degree, PhD or DNP, which best fits their needs and career goals,” said Dean Mary Boland of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. “The DNP program will extend our already strong partnerships with employers, medicine, business and law to create a shared vision for interprofessional health-care practice.”  
The DNP program is designed to meet the statewide demand for a highly competent nursing workforce skilled in the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.   It aligns with the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report calling for a doubling in the numbers of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
The DNP program will admit licensed registered nurses (RN) possessing a master’s degree in nursing or related field. It will consist of 37 credit hours of study completed over a period of two years including summer sessions. Students will enter and progress in learning cohorts with courses offered in a combination of face-to-face, online and hybrid delivery.
UH Mānoa Nursing is the recognized leader in nursing research and scholarship in Hawai‘i, and facilitates the multi-campus UH Statewide Nursing Consortium.
For more information on the UH Mānoa School of Nursing, see the website at or call (808) 956-8522.