Webster 402
2528 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8522
Fax: (808) 956-3257

Dean: Mary G. Boland
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Clementina Ceria-Ulep
Interim Associate Dean for Research: Kristine Qureshi

General Information

The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) offers programs to prepare students for careers in nursing and dental hygiene primarily for the state of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin.

The Department of Nursing offers programs leading to the bachelor of science, master of science, DNP, and PhD nursing degrees. The department admits students to the undergraduate program both directly from high school and after completion of nursing pre-requisites and UH Manoa General Education Core requirements. A pathway is available for associate degree nursing graduates to complete the baccalaureate. The school admits students to the graduate program with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The Department of Dental Hygiene offers the bachelor of science degree. The program admits students both directly from high school and following completion of dental hygiene prerequisite courses and the majority of UH Manoa General Education Core requirements. The department also offers an advanced professional certificate for expanded function in dental hygiene in pediatrics to expand the knowledge and skills of licensed dental hygienists.

The Department of Dental Hygiene also offers an Advanced Professional Certificate for Expanded Function Dental Hygiene in Pediatrics (EFDH). This program provides Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) and graduates from the UH BS Dental Hygiene Program the opportunity to expand their knowledge, improve oral health outcomes for children, and develop clinical skills in pediatrics, giving them a competitive advantage for employment.


The leader in nursing and dental hygiene education and research in Hawai‘i with outreach to Asia and the Pacific Basin.


The SONDH mission is to provide an innovative, caring, and multicultural environment in which faculty, students, and staff work together to generate and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values to promote quality of life and health for present and future generations. To better reflect Hawai‘i’s unique cultural diversity and heritage, the SONDH is committed to increasing the representation of Native Hawaiian and other under-served people in all nursing and dental hygiene programs.

Degrees and Certificates

  • Bachelor’s Degrees: BS dental hygiene, BS nursing
  • Master’s Degree: MS nursing
  • Doctoral Degree: PhD, DNP
  • Certificate: Expanded Function Dental Health