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2021 Best Nursing Schools in Hawaii

6 Schools Ranked
$40,411 Average Earnings
$27,768 Avg Student Debt

With all the nursing programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Nursing Degree Search has developed this Best Nursing Schools in Hawaii ranking. This report analyzed 6 schools in Hawaii to see which ones offered the best programs for nursing students.

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Top Nursing Schools in Hawaii

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#1

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii
4,551 Total Awards
$42,348 Average Earnings
$28,076 Avg Student Debt

Our analysis found University of Hawaii at Manoa to be the best school for nursing students in Hawaii. Honolulu, Hawaii is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out degrees to 4,551 students in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $28,076 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $296. Once they receive their degree, UHM graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $42,348 during the early year of their career.

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#2

Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
1,212 Total Awards
$43,700 Average Earnings
$13,540 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Kapiolani Community College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Nursing Schools in Hawaii list. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,212 diplomas to qualifed students in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $13,540 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $123. Once they receive their degree, Kapiolani CC graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $43,700 during the early year of their career.

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#2

University of Phoenix - Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii
197 Total Awards
$49,089 Average Earnings
$36,331 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 9 schools in Hawaii that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Phoenix - Hawaii landed the # 2 spot on the list. University of Phoenix - Hawaii is a very small private for-profit school located in Honolulu, Hawaii that handed out 197 degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $36,331 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $390, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, UOPX - Hawaii graduates make an average of $49,089 annually.

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895 Total Awards
$40,679 Average Earnings
$29,849 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at University of Hawaii at Hilo helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Hawaii. Located in Hilo, Hawaii, the small public school awarded 895 diplomas to qualifed students in 2018-2019.

Degree recipients from UHH accumulate an average of $29,849 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $330.After graduating from UHH, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $40,679 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, Hawaii
870 Total Awards
$37,860 Average Earnings
$28,490 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at Hawaii Pacific University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Hawaii. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and it awarded 870 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $28,490 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $318. Once they receive their degree, Hawaii Pacific University graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $37,860 during the early year of their career.

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701 Total Awards
$38,367 Average Earnings
$18,780 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 6 schools in Hawaii that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Hawaii Maui College landed the # 5 spot on the list. This small public school is located in Kahului, Hawaii, and it awarded 701 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $18,780 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $152 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, UH Maui College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $38,367 during the early year of their career.

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#6

Hawaii Community College

Hilo, Hawaii
587 Total Awards
$29,800 Average Earnings
$11,228 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #6, Hawaii Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working. Hawaii CC is a small public school situated in Hilo, Hawaii. It awarded 587 degrees in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,228 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $94 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Hawaii CC graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $29,800 during the early year of their career.

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606 Total Awards
$43,400 Average Earnings
$31,531 Avg Student Debt

Chaminade University of Honolulu did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 606 diplomas to qualifed students in 2018-2019.

On average, students take out $31,531 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $340, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from Chaminade University of Honolulu, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $43,400 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Kauai Community College

Lihue, Hawaii
343 Total Awards
$23,700 Average Earnings
$11,727 Avg Student Debt

Kauai Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students. It came in at #8 on the list. Kauai CC is a small public school situated in Lihue, Hawaii. It awarded 343 degrees in 2018-2019.

Degree recipients from Kauai CC accumulate an average of $11,727 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $92.After graduating from Kauai CC, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $23,700 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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