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 three 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 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.
Update on Temporary Stop-Out for LPN-RN Transition Program Effective January 2013:
Effective January 2013 the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) will temporarily stop accepting students into the LPN-RN Transition Program in the Spring 2013 in order to prepare for the program’s alignment with the UH-Mānoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program via the Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium curriculum. (A previous announcement informed interested individuals that the temporary stop out would apply to the Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters.)
Pending approval from the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), it is anticipated that the KCC Nursing Department will start to accept students again into the LPN-RN Transition Program in Fall 2013.
Individuals interested in applying to the LPN-RN Transition Program in the Fall 2013 will need to complete the (LPN-RN Transition Program) Admissions Application/Checklist Form" by April 1, 2013, ultimately confirming their attainment of a practical nursing license in Hawai‘i as well as their completion of the program’s prerequisite courses and the ATI-TEAS Exam with a minimum passing score of 78% or higher.
Applicants for the LPN-RN Transition Program in the Fall 2013 must complete the following prerequisite courses: Chemistry course (one semester of any college-level chemistry or one year of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher); ENG/ESL 100 (Composition I); FAMR 230 (Human Development); MATH 100 (Survey of Mathematics); MICR 130 (General Microbiology); PSY 100 (Survey of Psychology) or ANTH 200 (Cultural Anthropology; ZOOL 141-141L (Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture and Lab) and ZOOL 142-142L (Anatomy & Physiology II and Lecture and Lab). The following co-requisite courses may be completed before or within the LPN-Transition Program: Humanities course and PHRM 203 (General Pharmacology).
Despite the temporary stop out for the LPN-RN Transition Program, the KCC Nursing Department will continue to accept students into its Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program for the Fall semester (at its satellite site at Windward Community College) and in the Summer term (at its Diamond Head site).
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.
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.