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School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene

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 and PhD in nursing degrees and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing. The undergraduate nursing program provides two options: (a) the bachelor of science degree pathway, which admits students following completion of a minimum of 34 credit hours of the UH General Education Core requirements and nursing prerequisite courses in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, (b) the accelerated program that admits students after the completion of a baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite course work, and (c) the RN to BS pathway, which allows entry after completion of the AS degree or diploma in nursing.

The program leading to the master of science in nursing degree prepares the student for advanced practice nursing in primary care, psychiatric-mental health nursing or clinical systems management. The program leading to the PhD in nursing prepares visionary scholars who are capable of conducting culturally appropriate clinical scholarship and teaching in nursing educational programs.

The Department of Dental Hygiene offers the bachelor of science in dental hygiene. The program admits students following completion of dental hygiene prerequisite courses and UH General Education Core requirements.


The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene 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 Native Hawaiian and other underserved people in all nursing and dental hygiene programs.


The nursing program is accredited by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.1 The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association.

  1. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, Phone: (202) 887-6791.

Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor’s Degrees: BS in dental hygiene, BS in nursing
Master’s Degree: MS in nursing
Doctoral Degree: PhD in nursing
Certificate: Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing