ADN Special Announcements

Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum Update

Since Fall 2012, the Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program has been aligned with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program via the Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum, thus enabling ADN graduates to continue their nursing education in pursuit of a BSN degree at UHM.

In preparation for the transfer from the KCC ADN program to the UHM BSN program in the Fall 2019, the UHM School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene has changed the admissions requirements regarding the pre-nursing courses that must be completed by the application deadline (of January 5, 2019). In addition to the pre-nursing courses completed for the KCC ADN program, students interested in pursuing a BSN degree starting in the Fall 2019 and thereafter, must also complete the following courses:

  • BIOC 141 – Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3 crs);
  • FSHE 185 – Science of Human Nutrition (3 crs);
  • MATH 115 – Statistics (3 crs)
  • PSY 100 – Survey of Psychology (3 crs)
  • SP 151 – Personal and Public Speech (3 crs) or SP 251 – Principles of Effective Public Speaking (3 crs) which fulfills the Arts (DA) category within the Diversification of Arts, Humanities and Literature section;
  • One course from either the Literature (DL) category or the Humanities (DH) category from within the Diversification of Arts, Humanities and Literature section;
  • Two courses (from within a different category) within the Global and Multicultural Perspective (FG) section;
  • Two (non-nursing) courses for the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.

Since the UHM School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene will no longer accept CHEM 100 to fulfill the chemistry requirement, students must complete the chemistry requirement via one of the following: CHEM 151, CHEM 152, CHEM 161, CHEM 162, BIOC 241, BIOC 244 or BIOC 341. The BIOC 141 course at KCC (which is equivalent to BIOC 241 at UHM) is being recommended to fulfill the chemistry requirement for the nursing programs at UHM, UH-Hilo and KCC.

Other UHM BSN admissions requirement include the following: Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a grade of “B” or better for the math, microbiology and zoology courses.

Pilot Study for ATI-TEAS Pre-Admissions Exam for Nursing Program

Effective June 1, 2013 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 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and the KCC LPN-RN Transition Program. Applicants for the KCC nursing programs must continue to fulfill all other admissions requirements and will be considered for admissions on a “best qualified” bases.

For more information regarding the ATI-TEAS Pre-Admissions Exam, go to the ATI-TEAS Exam page.

Five-Year Time Limit for Science Courses Eliminated

Effective June 2012 and thereafter, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) will eliminate the five-year time limit for the science prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the ADN Program and LPN-RN Transition Program. Starting with those applicants for the ADN Program and LPN-RN Transition Program in the Spring 2013 semester and thereafter, students will no longer be required to complete their science prerequisite courses and co-requisite courses within five years of their application to the nursing program. The science prerequisite and co-requisite courses include ZOOL 141-141L, ZOOL 142-142L, MICR 130, PHRM 203 and CHEM(any numeric).

The five-year time limit policy is being eliminated, since students accepted into the ADN Program in the Fall 2012 and thereafter will be required to complete the NURS 212 – Pathophysiology course, which will focus on pathophysiological concepts that are basic to understanding illness and injury and the corresponding spectrum of human responses, which serve as a foundation for the formulation of clinical decisions and care planning.

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