Nursing: Associate in Science Degree Program FAQ’s

Should I consider nursing as a career?

Yes, if you enjoy working with and caring for people; able to accept, give and use constructive feedback; have good manual dexterity and coordination; able to speak and write well; able to work independently and within a team; and have a strong background in math, science and English.

Where can I find more information about nursing as a career?

Visit the Maida Kamber Center (MKC) for Career and Transfer Services in `Ilima 104 or its website. The MKC provides career counseling, resources, and information.

What degrees and certificates do you offer?

The associate in science (AS) degree.

How can I obtain advising information about the KCC nursing programs?

Attend a Nursing Information Session. For a current schedule, click on Nursing Information Session.

When can I apply to enter the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC)?

You must first complete the ADN prerequisite courses and the ATI-Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam, after which you can complete an application to enter the ADN program in the fall or spring. The fall semester application period is December 1 to February 1; while the spring semester application period is June 1 to September 1.  The prerequisite courses can be completed at Kapi‘olani Community College or other campuses within the University of Hawai‘i (UH) System.  Courses completed at institutions outside of the UH System may also be used to fulfill the ADN prerequisite courses.  To complete the prerequisite courses at a campus within the UH System, please complete the UH System Application Form and identify your preferred campus and indicate your major as liberal arts or unclassified.  You can find the UH System Application in the Admissions Toolbox or apply using our online form.

What’s the difference between the prerequisite courses and the co-requisite (support) courses for the KCC ADN program?

The ADN prerequisite courses must be completed before the application deadline, while the ADN co-requisite (support) courses can be completed before the application deadline or while in the ADN program.  Time and funding permitting, you are encouraged to complete the co-requisite courses before applying to the ADN program in order to obtain extra consideration on your application as well as concentrate solely on the nursing courses while in the ADN program.  For a listing of these courses, please click to Associate in Science Degree in Nursing.

How long it will it take to complete the prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the KCC ADN program?

The minimum of length of time will consist of three terms (e.g., Fall, Spring and Summer or a combination thereof), since the ZOOL 141 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I), ZOOL 142 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) and PHRM 203 (General Pharmacology) courses must be completed in the proper sequence.  ZOOL 141 serves as a prerequisite for ZOOL 142, while both ZOOL 141 and ZOOL 142 serve as prerequisite courses for PHRM 203.  You can decide how and when you want to complete the other prerequisite and co-requisite courses around the ZOOL 141, ZOOL 142 and PHRM 203 courses.  You are encouraged to complete the English and math courses early on, since some of the other ADN prerequisite and co-requisite courses require a certain level of English and math qualification.

Is there a time limit on the prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the KCC ADN program?

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.

There is no time limit for all other (non-science) courses.

Am I able to re-take any prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the KCC ADN program and obtain a better grade in order to enhance my application to the KCC ADN program?

Yes, you may retake a prerequisite or co-requisite course to obtain a better grade in order to enhance your nursing application, since the KCC Nursing Department does not have a limit on the number of times that a course can be repeated for a better grade. To clarify, when retaking a course for which you received a grade of “D” or “F,” if you receive a higher grade after retaking the course, this higher grade will change your institutional cumulative GPR. When retaking a course for which you received a passing grade of “C,” if you receive a higher grade after re-taking the course, this higher grade will not change your institutional cumulative grade point ratio (GPR). In both situations, when reviewing your application for the KCC ADN program, the KCC Nursing Department will look at the higher grade for the course(s) retaken and will calculate a separate application-related cumulative grade point ratio (GPR) for the ADN prerequisite and co-requisite courses that you’ve completed before the application deadline. The only exception is the chemistry course requirement, wherein you must achieve a grade of “C” or higher for the chemistry course (whether completed in high school or college), however, the chemistry course grade is not used when calculating the application-related GPR.

Do I need to maintain a certain grade and achieve a certain grade point ratio for the prerequisite and co-requisite (support) courses?

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.  A 2.5 cumulative grade point ratio (GPR) is required for the pre-requisite and co-requisite courses.

Does my KCC cumulative grade point ratio (GPR) count, when my application is reviewed by the KCC Nursing Department?

Your cumulative grade point ratio at Kapi‘olani Community College must be at least 2.0 or higher (which is a “C” average or higher) for ALL courses completed at KCC in order to be considered for the KCC ADN program.  However, your KCC cumulative GPA is not used for ranking purposes, when applicants are selected for the KCC ADN program.

Does my PSY 240 (Developmental Psychology) course fulfill the FAMR 230 (Human Development) course requirement?

If you completed the PSY 240 course (at Leeward Community College or Windward Community College) before January 1, 2010, the PSY 240 (at LCC/WCC) will fulfill the FAMR 230 course requirement for the KCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. However, starting on January 1, 2010 and thereafter, if you have not completed either PSY 240 or FAMR 230, you must complete FAMR 230 as part of the prerequisite for the KCC ADN Program.

What courses will fulfill the humanities requirement for the ADN Program?

The courses listed below will fulfill the humanities requirement for the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing:

AMST 201, 201;
ART 101, 189;
ASAN 100;
DNCE 150;
EALL 261, 262, 271, 272;
ENG 214, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257 (any alpha), 270 (any alpha), 271 (any alpha), 272 (any alpha), 273 (any alpha);
HAW 261, 262;
HIST 151, 152, 231, 232, 241, 242, 252, 281, 282, 284, 288;
HUM 269;
HWST 100, 107;
IS 109;
LING 102;
MUS 106, 107, 108, 170, 229, 230
PACS 108, 257, 273;
PHIL 100, 101, 102, 103, 211, 213, 250;
REL 150, 151, 202;
SP 251;
THEA 101

For updates on listing of courses that will fulfill the humanities requirement for the Associate in Science Degree, please access the on-line KCC catalog. Within the KCC Catalog webpage, click to the “College Policies” section within the Catalog for the most current academic year; after which, scroll down to the section titled “Associate in Science (AS) Degree,” specifically regarding the “Arts & Humanities (AH) courses for KCC AS degree.”

How do I prepare for the ATI-TEAS Pre-Admissions?

You are encouraged to consider using the exam study guide titled the Assessment Technologies Institute’s Version 5.0 – ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) Study Manual (ISBN 1933107987). The study guide may be purchased at the KCC Bookstore (in ‘Ohi‘a 116) or via private commercial bookstores or the internet. Although you may elect to take the ATI-TEAS exam at any time, you may want to consider completing the ADN prerequisite courses first before completing the ATI-TEAS exam. Completing the ZOOL 142-142L (Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Lab) may also provide additional background knowledge in preparation for the exam. >

Is there a time limit on my ATI-TEAS exam score?

Your ATI-TEAS exam score is good for three (3) years. As long as the exam score has not expired, you may use the same exam score when initially applying to the nursing program and if re-applying to the nursing program in a subsequent semester.

Am I able to re-take the ATI-TEAS exam, if I am not satisfied with my initial ATI-TEAS exam score?

Yes, you may re-take the exam every three (3) months. If the second exam is taken less than the three months after your first exam, your second exam score will be voided and, in order to be eligible to retake the exam, you must wait another three months from the date of your second exam.

If you’ve taken the exam more than once, you should complete your nursing application by indicating the best score you received on the ATI-TEAS exam. The KCC Nursing Department does not use the most recent exam score or does not average out the multiple scores received. Instead, the KCC Nursing Department will consider your best exam score received.

Are letters of reference needed as part of my application?

Letters of reference should document the applicant’s direct patient care experience in a health-related field as evidenced by completion of a training program, work experience in a health care field, or physician verification of caregiving experience.

How are students selected for the nursing program?

For the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, the “best qualified” applicants are selected based on four criteria: their grade point ratio (GPR) for the prerequisite courses and co-requisite courses (if completed before the application deadline), their adjusted individual total score for the Assessment Technology Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS) exam, completion of the co-requisite courses before the application deadline and (patient-based) health and medical work experience or training.  A range of points are assigned for the GPR for the prerequisite and co-requisite courses, for the adjusted individual total score for the ATI-TEAS exam, for each co-requisite course (completed before the application deadline) and the health and medical work experience or training.

For the LPN-RN Transition program, the “best qualified” applicants are selected based on the same first three criteria for the KCC ADN program as referenced above.  Transition Program applicants must also have a current LPN licensure.

For the Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program, the “best qualified” applicants are selected based on five criteria: their grade point ratio (GPR) for the prerequisite courses and co-requisite courses (if completed before the application deadline), their adjusted individual total score for the Assessment Technology Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS) exam, and their completion of the co-requisite courses before the application deadline as well as their completion of a (15-hour) medical terminology course and completion of a state-approved nurse aide course or nurse aide work experience within three years of application to the nursing program.

For the Adult Residential Care Home Operator (ARCH) program, the “first qualified” applicants are selected based on when they complete their application and the English reading requirement for the course.  ARCH Program applicants must also have a current nurse aide certification and complete six months of nurse aide work experience within the appropriate setting.

For the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide course, the “first qualified” applicants are selected based on when they complete their application and the English reading requirement for the course.

For the ADN Program, LPN-RN Transition Program and PRCN Program, qualified applicants who are deemed as Hawai‘i residents for tuition purposes are considered first for acceptance; after which, qualified, non-resident applicants are considered on a space-available basis.  Military personnel and their dependents are eligible to pay resident-level tuition based on their non-resident military exempt tuition status; however, they are deemed as non-residents when applying for the KCC nursing programs, since the military personnel’s home of record determines the state of residence.

How many applications are received and how many students are selected for the nursing program each semester?

For the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College receives approximately 175-200(+) application each semester of which approximately thirty (30) to forty (40) students are accepted each semester.  The number of acceptances will depend on the availability of instructors.

For the LPN-RN Transition program, the KCC Nursing Department receives approximately 20-40 applications each semester of which approximately ten (10) to twenty (20) students are accepted each semester depending on the availability of instructors.

For the Practical Nursing (PRCN) program, the KCC Nursing Department receives approximately 40-60 applications each Fall semester or Summer term of which approximately twenty (20) students are accepted each term depending on the availability of instructors.

For the Adult Residential Care Home Operator (ARCH) program, the KCC Nursing Department receives approximately 10-20 applications each semester of which approximately ten (10) to twenty (20) students are accepted each semester.

For the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide course, the KCC Nursing Department receives approximately 60-80 applications each semester of which approximately twenty (20) to forty (40) students are accepted each semester depending on the availability of instructors.

After applying to the nursing program, when will I be notified of my application status?

Fall applicants who apply for the ADN program by the February 1st deadline will be notified of their application status by mid-April.

Spring applicants who apply for the ADN program by the September 1st deadline will be notified of their application status by early November.

If you are applying for the Adult Residential Care Home Operator (ARCH) program or the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide course, you will be notified by the KCC Nursing Department of your application status within five to ten working days depending on when you submit your application to the KCC Kekaulike Information and Service Center (KISC).

Are non-resident students accepted into the nursing program?

All students are welcome to apply regardless of their tuition status (i.e., resident or non-resident); however, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College must first consider all qualified nursing applicants, who are deemed as Hawai‘i residents for tuition purposes. Students, who are deemed as non-residents for tuition purposes, will be considered on a space-available basis.

Is there a wait list for the nursing program?

There is no formal wait list for the nursing programs; however, there is an alternate list that is maintained for only a specific semester.

For the ADN Program, Transition Program and the PRCN Program, applicants who are not selected for admissions may be deemed as alternates depending on their ranking.  Alternate students are required to attend the Nursing Program’s New Student Orientation Session and are encouraged to complete the health requirements in case they are selected for the nursing program.  Alternate students may be offered admissions as early as two months before the start of the semester or as recent as one week before the start of the semester.  In either case, alternate students must be ready to start the nursing program at the time they are offered admissions or the next qualified alternate student, who has completed all of the health requirements, will be offered admissions into the program.  Alternates for the nursing program who are not offered admissions into their semester of application must re-apply to the nursing program in a subsequent semester.

I’ve completed all of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the KCC ADN program and was wondering if there are other courses that can be completed during the semester before I actually start the ADN program?

Below are other courses that are recommended for pre-nursing students.  While no extra application consideration is given for completing these courses, pre-nursing students gain extra knowledge in preparation for entry into the ADN program.

HLTH 110 – Medical Terminology (2 credits)
HLTH 125 – Survey of Medical Terminology (1 credit)
HLTH 160 – Study of Diseases (3 credits)
HLTH 252 – Pathophysiology (3 credits)
MEDA 100 – Introduction to Medical Assisting (3 credits)
NURS 9 – Long Term Care Nurse Aide (6 credits)
PHIL 250 – Ethics in Health Care (3 credits)
PSY 170 – Psychology of Adjustment (3 credits)
PSY 224 – Abnormal Psychology (3 credits at Windward CC)
PSY 371 – Abnormal Psychology (3 credits at UH-Mānoa)

Other courses such BIOC 241-Fundamentals of Biochemistry and BIOC 244-Essentials of Biochemistry also be taken in preparation for the UHM Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

What is a nursing student schedule like and am I able to work full-time or part-time while enrolled in the KCC ADN program?

Depending on the scheduled days/times for the lecture, lab and clinical practicum for a specific nursing course, a nursing student schedule encompasses the weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The decision to work is a personal choice, however, it is recommended that students lessen their work hours or forego working due to the demands within the nursing program.

Is financial aid available for the KCC nursing programs?

Federal financial aid (i.e., grants, college work study and loans), UH System tuition waivers and private nursing scholarships are available for students accepted into the KCC nursing programs.  Due to the short-term length of the nurse aide course and Adult Residential Care Home Operator (ARCH) program, federal financial aid is not available for students enrolled into the nurse aide course and ARCH program.

Will KCC offer its nursing program at other sites throughout O‘ahu?

The KCC Nursing Department currently offers its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at its Diamond Head (DH) campus site and satellite site at Leeward Community College, while its Practical Nursing (PRCN) program is offered at its Diamond Head (DH) campus site and will also be offered at its satellite site at Leeward Community College pending approval by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing. The nursing programs are offered at the (LCC) satellite site depending on instructor availability and classroom space.

Is certification available?

The KCC ADN Program prepares its graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). After the first semester of this program, students have acquired skills for employment as nurse aides. After the the third semester within the Nursing Consortium Curriculum within the ADN program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a licensed practical nurse.

Is the KCC ADN Program accredited?

The KCC ADN Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for admission into the upper division of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Accreditation:
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326
Tel: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
Website: http://www.nln.org/

State Approval:
Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing
Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
1010 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808.586.3000

DCCA-PVL ATT: BON
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Website: http://www.state.hi.us/dcca/pvl/

Do you offer non-credit courses in nursing?

For a current listing of non-credit courses in nursing, please reference the KCC Catalog for non-credit course descriptions. For current offering of non-credit courses, please click on Continuing Education & Training.

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