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U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa nursing school among the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs. UH Mānoa nursing placed 60th out of 149 ranked schools. Last year, UH Mānoa nursing was ranked in 70th place. UH Mānoa nursing is the only nursing school in Hawaiʻi to be ranked for online education.

The U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs ranking of master’s degree programs in nursing assessed quality through student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity.

UH Mānoa nursing offers master’s and doctoral degrees in online distance learning formats. As student needs for flexible independent learning environments evolve, UH Mānoa nursing has responded to offer the advanced public health nursing master’s degree, doctor of nursing practice degree (DNP) and the PhD degree in online formats. Distance learning allows students to complete coursework online, conduct fieldwork in their local community, and gives students schedule flexibility by offering lectures asynchronously.

Mary G. Boland

“Strong graduate nursing education is key to ensuring the delivery of quality healthcare in Hawaiʻi. Our focus on advanced practice and doctoral education provides RNs on all our islands access to the lifelong learning needed for success in fast paced high technology care environments,” said Mary G. Boland, dean of the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

UH Mānoa nursing is committed to online education. In 2014, the school joined Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus) which increased the range of specialty courses available to DNP and PhD nursing student by allowing them to take online courses from participating NEXus universities across the nation.

“By maximizing the use of online distance teaching, doctoral nursing students can take specialty courses that could not be offered at UH but which may be relevant to the student’s interest area. At the same time, students at a member university can enroll in courses offered at UH as long we have space available in the course,” said Boland “This greater access will enable our students to more easily meet degree requirements, improve on-time graduation rates, and keep our future nurse leaders in Hawaiʻi.”

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