Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse Transition Program
The Associate in Science degree in Nursing at Kapi‘olani Community College is a career ladder program that offers two ways to become a registered nurse.
The Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ANURS/ADN) program is for individuals with no previous nursing education and who are interested in becoming a registered nurse.
The LPN-RN Transition (ANURS-LPN) program is for Licensed Practical Nurses who are licensed in the state of Hawai'i and are interested in becoming a registered nurse. This program may be completed in four semesters after prerequisites are completed.
After completing the LPN-RN Transition Program, students will receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing.
Pilot Study for NURS 212 Course as a Prerequisite Course for LPN-RN Transition Program:
Effective for the LPN-RN Transition Program in the Spring 2014 and thereafter, and as part of a pilot study to establish a three-semester LPN-RN Transition Program, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) will offer the NURS 212 (Pathophysiology) course as a prerequisite course for the LPN-RN Transition Program. Interested students must complete all of the prerequisite courses for the LPN-RN Transition Program and possess a current practical nursing license in the state of Hawai‘i in order to enroll in the NURS 212 course. Applicants for the KCC LPN-RN Transition Program must continue to fulfill all other admissions requirements and will be considered for admissions on a “best qualified” basis.
As the NURS 212 course is offered as a prerequisite course for the LPN-RN Transition Program, the Nursing Department will begin to phase out the four-semester Transition Program and begin to phase in the three-semester Transition Program. Students able to complete the NURS 212 course as a prerequisite course may apply and be considered for admission into the three-semester Transition Program; while students who are not able to complete the NURS 212 course as a prerequisite course may apply and be considered for admission into the four-semester Transition Program (in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015). The Nursing Department anticipates phasing out the four-semester Transition Program in Fall 2015.
Interested students are encouraged to submit an application during the application period of December 1 to February 1 (for Fall entry) or June 1 to September 1 (for Spring entry), whereupon the Nursing Department will confirm the student’s eligibility, admission status and point of entry into either the three-semester or four-semester Transition Program.
Pilot Study for ATI-TEAS Pre-Admissions Exam for Nursing Program:
Effective for the LPN-RN Transition Program in the Fall 2013 and thereafter, and as part of a pilot study to analyze the Assessment Technology Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS) exam and determine if the minimum adjusted individual total score should be revised, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) will accept an ATI-TEAS adjusted individual total score of 65% or higher to fulfill the pre-admissions exam requirement for the KCC LPN-RN Transition Program. Applicants for the KCC LPN-RN Transition Program must continue to fulfill all other admissions requirements and will be considered for admissions on a “best qualified” bases.
The LPN-RN Transition program prepares graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to perform as entry level registered nurses.
ADN Student Handbook
All new nursing students are required to familiarize themselves with the Nursing Department policies and procedures relative to the ADN Program as described within the KCC ADN Student Handbook. The handbook describes program policies relative academics, clinical performance, uniform regulations, employment, health and safety requirements, course progression, resolving student concerns, course withdrawal and readmissions, graduation, licensure, college policies, privacy rights, financial aid, disability support services, learning resource center and nursing laboratory guidelines for faculty and students.
The Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College is pleased to inform students, faculty and the community about the program outcomes for its Associate in Science degree in nursing program. Several major outcomes are regularly monitored in order to continually improve the nursing program at KCC: graduate completion rate, NCLEX-RN (licensure) pass rate, graduated student satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and job placement rate. Specific data may be found within the Nursing Program Outcomes (PDF document).
Important qualities of a nurse include enjoy working with and caring for people as well as being personable, reassuring, patient, compassionate, honest and reliable. Other qualities include being able to accept, give and use constructive feedback; having good manual dexterity and coordination; being able to act quickly and effectively in emergencies; being able to speak and write well; being able to work independently and within a team; and being able to deal with a variety of emotional expressions.
In order to prepare for a nursing career and program, you will need to develop a strong background in math, science and English; volunteer or work within a hospital, nursing home, clinic or other health care setting; develop good communication, computer, logical thinking and time management skills; take health-related courses; and complete prerequisite courses.
There is a demand for nurses in the specialty areas and long-term care facilities. The average entry-level salary is $31 per hour and with experience $37 per hour or more.
The KCC LPN-RN Transition Program is approved by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). For more information on the KCC LPN-RN Transition Program’s accreditation, please contact the ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; Tel. 404.975.5000; Fax 404.975.5020; website; http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm.