ARCH Operator for Nurse Aides, LPNs & RNs – Admissions Procedures

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

Application Period: Continuous

Applications for the ARCH Program 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 entry is in Fall and Spring.

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 on the ARCH Program Forms & Documents and select Nursing Information Session for dates and times for the (in-person) information sessions.

Step #2: Complete UH System Application Form.

If you are new, transferring or returning to Kapi‘olani Community College (Kapi‘olani CC), please complete the (online) University of Hawai‘i System Application Form. Please indicate your major as “ARCH.”

Step #3: Complete KCC (ARCH) Admissions Application Checklist Form

Complete Kapi‘olani CC (ARCH) Admissions Application Checklist Form by providing required information depending on your status as a certified nurse aide, licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.

For NURSE AIDES, please address the English reading requirement by completing ONE of the following: Complete COMPASS placement test (with a reading score of 57 or higher) or the Accuplacer placement test (with a reading score of 250 or higher); or complete ENG 21, 22 or 100 (or ESL 100); or provide confirmation of U.S. high school graduation; or receipt of a GED certificate.

For NURSE AIDES, please provide verification of nurse aide certification OR nurse aide work experience. If choosing the nurse aide certification, please provide a copy of your Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) card as issued by the State of Hawaii via Prometric (or American Red Cross) and confirm the nurse aide training course that you completed before becoming a CNA. If choosing the nurse aide work experience, please complete the Kapi‘olani CC Nurse Aide Work Experience Verification Form.

For LPNs and RNs, please provide a copy of your current Hawai‘i nursing license.

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 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 log in. Payment by check may also be made at the Kapi‘olani CC 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 Kapi‘olani CC 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 Kapi‘olani CC 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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