Nursing: Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program

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Program Description

The Practical Nursing program curriculum is designed to prepare students with entry level competencies needed for the Licensed Practical Nurse examination. The program consists of planned learning experiences in classroom, laboratory and faculty supervised clinical settings which will prepare the student to function in the role of a beginning practitioner of practical nursing. The program prepares the student for eligibility to take the licensure examination for practical nurses. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to take the licensing examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program is fully accredited by the Board of Nursing, State of Hawai‘i. The Practical Nursing Program prepares graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Admissions Procedure

For detailed admissions information, go to the Practical Nursing Program Admissions Procedures webpage.

Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Certificate of Achievement – Practical Nursing (44 credits)

Nursing Program Career Ladder

After completing a Practical Nursing program and obtaining their practical nursing licensure, interested students may pursue the LPN-RN Transition (ANURS-LPN) Program which is for Licensed Practical Nurses who are interested in becoming a registered nurse. This program may be completed in three semesters after prerequisites are completed. For more information, visit the LPN-RN Transition Program page.

As an alternative to the pathway from a practical nursing program to the LPN-RN Transition Program, interested students may pursue the Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ADN) program, wherein after completing the third semester within the ADN program, nursing students will have an opportunity to register for and pass the NCLEX-PN exam to obtain their practical nursing licensure.

Potential Careers & Employers

There is a demand for practical nurses in long-term care facilities and the home health settings with possible opportunities in the acute/hospital setting. The average entry-level salary is $20 per hour and with experience $28 per hour or more.


Download forms & documents of the Nursing: PRCN Program Toolbox.


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View the PRCN Program Outcomes.


Qualities Needed

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.

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