Nursing: Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses

Nursing: Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses

Program Description

The Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program curriculum is designed to prepare students for the nursing profession. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN nursing examination (National Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse) to become a registered nurse. The Associate in Science degree in nursing transition for licensed practical nurses program at Kapi’olani Community College located in Honolulu, Hawai’i is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Science degree in nursing program is continuing accreditation. New students are admitted each semester and are given both theoretical instruction and an opportunity for clinical application of nursing skills as they prepare for entry-level practice as registered nurses. After graduates have passed the nursing licensure examination, they will be prepared to fill beginning level positions as Registered Nurses in hospitals, doctor’s offices, or other health-related institutions, and participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care for clients throughout the life cycle. Graduates are eligible for admission to the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at UH Mānoa and UH Hilo.

Program Accreditation

The Associate in Science degree in nursing program at Kapi‘olani Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For additional program accreditation information, please go to Associate in Science degree in nursing program accreditation status.

Admissions Procedure

For detailed admissions information, go to the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Admissions Procedures webpage.


The Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses program prepares graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to perform as entry-level registered nurses.

Qualities Needed

Important qualities of a nurse include enjoying working with and caring for people as well as being personable, reassuring, patient, compassionate, honest and reliable. Other qualities include being able to accept, give and use constructive feedback; having good manual dexterity and coordination; being able to act quickly and effectively in emergencies; being able to speak and write well; being able to work independently and within a team; and being able to deal with a variety of emotional expressions.

In order to prepare for a nursing career and program, you will need to develop a strong background in math, science, and English; volunteer or work within a hospital, nursing home, clinic or other healthcare setting; develop good communication, computer, logical thinking and time management skills; take health-related courses; and complete prerequisite courses.

Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing/Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses program and has successfully obtained certification in Hawai’i by the Hawaiʻi Board of Nursing, s/he will be eligible to obtain a state license, which will allow the licensee to practice nursing in the State of Hawaii. Kapiʻolani Community College (Kapiʻolani CC) may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaiʻi. Kapiʻolani CC recommends the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student lives.

Contact Information

  • Counselor:
  • Nursing Dept: Kopiko Building, Room 201 – (808) 734-9305

Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses - Program Outcomes

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