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Health Care Schools and Careers in Hawaii

Find schools offering health care degrees as well as degree programs in business, IT, allied health, psychology and many others that can help you prepare for a career in Hawaii's health care industry. There are a broad range of career opportunities to choose from in health care including clinical and non-clinical professions, so take some time to learn about the career opportunities and let us help you match a career to a degree program. We can also help you find advanced level programs in nursing, health care management/administration, psychology, business and many more.

Fastest Growing Health Care Careers in Hawaii

The fastest growing careers are defined as a percentage new growth in the career sector and are expected to have at least 100 openings yearly. The fastest growing health care industry careers in hawaii are: IS/IT systems analysts and administrators, home health aides, medical assistants, physician assistants, mental health professionals, nursing aides, physical therapist assistants, skin care specialists, substance abuse counselors, and registered nurses.

Employers will expect you to be formally trained prior to being hired for one of these careers, with the exception of home health aides, which usually require only a high school education or equivalent. Most allied health careers will require an associate degree to begin. IT careers in health care have varying requirements and will depend on the complexity of the job and the employer, but most often will require a technology degree at the bachelor's level. It is a well known fact that professionals with more education earn more than those with less education, in most cases.

There are many more career opportunities in the health care sector that aren't considered fastest growing but still have great earnings and advancement potential. Learn about other career paths in health care at the Career Center.

The Largest Health Care Sector Employers in Hawaii

The health care industry in Hawaii is growing and is projected to continue in this fashion for at least another decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that health care and social assistance industries in Hawaii have increased 23 percent since 2000. With a slowing economy but a rapidly growing elderly population that is requiring more and more medical attention, a clinical or non-clinical career in health care is an excellent decision. Most professional and clinical positions will require a post-secondary education. The following companies are the largest employers in Hawaii's health care industry.

  • HMSA: Headquarters located in Honolulu. There are 30 different departments within the organization that allow for a variety of career paths and promotional opportunities for entry-level and experienced professionals. HMSA offers a comprehensive benefits package.
  • Queens Medical Center: Located in Honolulu. Has over 3,000 employees and more than 1,200 physicians. Offer a good benefits package. Opportunities at Molokai General Hospital.
  • Tripler Army Medical Center: It is the largest military medical facility in the pacific basin.
  • St. Francis Health Care System: Comprised of five facilities. Headquarters in Honolulu.
  • Kaiser Pemanente Medical: Medical center located on Oahu, four clinics on Maui and three clinics on the Big Island in Hilo, Kona and Waimea.
  • Kapiolani Medical Center: Comprised of 4 entities including Straub Clinic and Hospital, Wilcox Community Hospital & Kauai Medical Clinic, Kapi'olani Medical Center at Pali Momi and Kapi'olani Medical Center.
  • Kuakini Health System: Comprised of 4 subsidiaries in Honolulu.
  • Hilo Medical Center: Part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and the largest facility.

Take the first step toward advancing or starting your career at one of these organizations by requesting information from the schools below.

Schools Offering Health Care and Nursing Degrees in Hawaii

tip Programs are subject to change.

Hawaii Community College – Hilo, HI:

Programs:

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse

Hawaii Pacific University – Kaneohe, HI:

Programs:

  • Bachelors in Nursing

Heald College-Honolulu – Honolulu, HI:

Programs:

  • Dental Assisting/Assistant
  • Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant

Kapiolani Community College – Honolulu, HI:

Programs:

  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science- Radiation Therapist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Kauai Community College – Lihue, HI:

Programs:

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse

University of Hawaii at Hilo – Hilo, HI:

Programs:

  • Bachelors in Nursing

University of Hawaii at Manoa – Honolulu, HI:

Programs:

  • Bachelors in Nursing

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