Nursing : Associate in Science Degree – Admission Procedures

Thank you for your interest in the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. The admission procedures below are intended to provide guidance on the application process for the ADN Program.

Application Period:

Applications for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters. The Fall application period is December 1 to February 1, while the Spring application period is June 1 to September 1.

Admissions Procedures

Step #1: Attend a Nursing Information Session.
At the information session, you will learn more about the nursing career pathway, program, curriculum, admissions, and application requirements. Click to Nursing Information Session for dates and times for the online (live and pre-recorded) nursing information sessions.

After attending an information session, and for additional academic advising and support, you may visit with a nursing department counselor during 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.) Within STAR Balance, scheduled appointments on Tuesdays may be made by clicking to, while unscheduled appointments (first come, first serve) on Wednesdays may be made by clicking to

Step #2: Complete all pre-admission requirements.
Complete all Associate Degree in Nursing Program prerequisite courses before applying to the program. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses. For a listing of the prerequisite courses, please reference the ADN Self-Advising Form which may be obtained by referencing the Forms & Documents section on the home webpage for the Registered Nurse Preparation (Associate Degree in Nursing) Program.

COVID-19 Advisory (relative CR/NC Policy): In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kapi’olani CC Nursing Department will be accepting CR grades from the spring 2020 semester (only) to fulfill prerequisite courses, however, letter grades are preferred. Supplemental information may be required if you choose to submit a CR grade (relative to applying to a nursing program). If you have any questions, please contact Nursing Department counselors at 808-734-9305 or

Complete the Assessment Technologies Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) Exam in order to fulfill the pre-admissions exam requirement for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. An adjusted individual total exam score of 78% or higher is required to qualify for the ADN Program. The exam score remains current for three years and may be retaken every three months. A higher score will be used if taken more than once. Through a pilot study initiated in Spring 2014, an adjusted individual total exam score of 65% or higher will be considered for admissions into the ADN Program.

Interested students should be sure to address all other pre-admission requirements for the program in preparation for their application to the program.

Step #3: Submit the UH System Application Form and Kapi‘olani CC Admissions Application/Checklist Form.
If you are new, transferring or returning to Kapi‘olani Community College, submit an Online Application Form.

All students applying to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program must complete an (ADN) Admissions Application/Checklist Form which may be obtained by referencing the Forms & Documents section on the home webpage for the Registered Nurse Preparation (Associate Degree in Nursing) Program.

Step #4: Selection and Acceptance
Accepted students will be notified by regular mail of their acceptance into the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Accepted students will receive an Acceptance Notice and health requirement information from the Nursing Department. The Acceptance Notice will include information about an Orientation Session, health forms, technical standards, and other related requirements.

Step #5: Attend mandatory Orientation Session for new nursing students.
Accepted students are required to attend a mandatory Orientation Session to prepare for entry into the nursing program. The Orientation Session will provide an introduction to the first-semester nursing courses and other related program expectations. The orientation session will also cover the required books and fees, health requirements, academic requirements and required uniforms and supplies.

Step #6: Complete all health and safety requirements.
Accepted students are required to complete a series of health requirements and forms in preparation for the clinical practicum experience. To complete the health requirements for the Associate Degree in Nursing program, please reference the Forms & Documents section and select “Nursing Health Requirements.”

Step #7: Register online and pay your tuition.
After attending the ADN New Student Orientation Session, you will register online for the NURS 210, NURS 211 and NURS 212 courses. To register and make payment online, go to and follow the instructions to login. 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 Center for Admissions, Records, Graduation and Financial Aid in ‘Ilima 102.

You are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid which may be used to cover the cost of your tuition and fees and other related nursing program costs.

You are also encouraged to complete the UH Common Scholarship Application form in order to apply for nursing scholarships and other possible private scholarships which may be used to cover nursing program costs. Access the FAFSA and UH Common Scholarship Application Form.

Step #8: Purchase required books and supplies.
You will need to purchase the required textbooks and supplies at the Kapi‘olani CC Bookstore located in Ohi‘a 116. Bookstore hours are Monday to Friday at 10::00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Please visit the Kapi’olani CC Bookstore website for any possible changes to the bookstore hours.) Special extended hours are available during the week before the start of the semester. If Kapi‘olani CC nursing classes are offered at the LCC satellite site, books will be purchased at the LCC Bookstore. The Nursing Department may also make arrangements for nursing students to purchase printed or electronic versions of the textbooks via the publishing companies and/or the Kapi‘olani CC Bookstore. You may also purchase your textbooks via an online textbook purchasing website.

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