ARCH Operator Program for Nurse Aides – Admission Procedures

Thank you for your interest in the Adult Residential Care Home Operator (ARCH) Program for Nurse Aides.  The admission procedures below are intended to provide guidance on the application process for the ARCH Program for Nurse Aides.

Application Period: Continuous

Applications for the ARCH Program for Nurse Aides are accepted on a continuous basis with no specific application deadlines for the Fall and Spring semesters. It is recommended that interested students submit an application before the start of the Fall/Spring semester to preclude having to pay the late registration fee for the ARCH courses.

The ARCH Program for Nurse Aide entry is in Fall and Spring.

Admissions Procedures

Admissions Procedures Step #1: Attend a Nursing Information Session.
At the information session you will learn more about the ARCH program, curriculum, admissions, and application requirements. After attending an information session, and for additional academic advising and support, visit a counselor during walk-in advising periods on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Kōpiko 201.

Click to the ARCH for Nurse Aides Program Toolbox and select Nursing Information Session for dates and times for the (in-person) information sessions.

Step #2: Complete all pre-admission requirements.
Complete the English reading requirement via one of the following:

  1. Complete COMPASS English (Reading) Test with a reading score of 57 or higher or complete the Accuplacer (Reading) Test with a reading score of 250 or higher;
  2. Complete ENG 21, ENG 22 or ENG 100 (or ESL 100);
  3. Provide confirmation of graduation from a U.S. high school;
  4. Provide confirmation of receipt of a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

Step #3: Submit the UH System Application Form and KCC Admissions Application/Checklist Form.
If you are new, transferring or returning to Kapi‘olani Community College, submit an (online) “University of Hawai‘i System Application Form.”

All students applying to the ARCH for Nurse Aide Program must complete the (ARCH) Admissions Application Checklist Form which may be obtained by accessing the “ARCH for Nurse Aides – Program Toolbox,” and then selecting the “(ARCH) Admissions Application/Checklist Form.

Although ARCH applications are accepted on a continuous basis (with no application deadline), interested students are encouraged to submit their applications before the start of the Fall/Spring semester to preclude having to pay the late registration fee for the ARCH courses.

Step #4: Selection and Acceptance
Accepted students will be notified by regular mail of their acceptance into the ARCH for Nurse Aides Program. Accepted students will receive an Acceptance Notice from the Nursing Department. The Acceptance Notice will include information about ARCH course registration and ARCH program module purchase.

Step #5: Register online and pay your tuition.
After receiving an acceptance notice and providing the necessary health clearances, ARCH students may register and make payment online by going to and follow the instructions to login. Payment by check may also be made at the KCC Cashier’s Office in ‘Ilima 105.

The College requires tuberculosis (TB) and Measles Mumps & Rubella (MMR) clearance in order to register for courses. TB and MMR clearances are completed with the KCC Kekaulike Information and Service Center (KISC) in ‘Ilima 102.

Step #6: Purchase required books
You will need to purchase required ARCH module notes at the KCC Bookstore located in the ʻOhiʻa 116. Bookstore hours are Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Special extended hours are available during the week before the start of the semester.

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