Nursing: Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses 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 (see the Related Links section). The MKC provides career counseling, resources, and information.

How can I obtain advising information about the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program?
Attend a Nursing Information Session. For a current schedule, click on Nursing Information Session.

When can I apply to enter the program?
You can enter in the fall and spring. The fall semester application period is December 1 to February 1; while the spring semester application period is June 1 to September 1.

What degrees and certificates do you offer?
The associate in science (AS) degree.

Is certification available?
The LPN-RN Transition Program prepares graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Do I need to complete the prerequisite courses within a specific timeframe?
All prerequisite courses must be completed by the application period deadline: February 1 (for fall entrance) and September 1 (for spring entrance). There are no time limits for any of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the LPN-RN Transition Program.

Effective for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program in the Spring 2014 and thereafter, and as part of a pilot study to establish a three-semester Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program, the Nursing Department at Kapi’olani Community College (KCC) will offer the NURS 212 (Pathophysiology) course as a prerequisite course for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program. Interested students must complete all of the prerequisite courses for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program and possess a current practice nursing license in the state of Hawai’i in order to enroll in the NURS 212 course. Applicants for the KCC Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program must continue to fulfill all other admissions requirements and will be considered for admissions on a “best qualified” basis.

As the NURS 212 course is offered as a prerequisite course for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program, the Nursing Department will begin to phase out the four-semester Transition Program and begin to phase in the three-semester Transition Program. Students able to complete the NURS 212 course as a prerequisite may apply and be considered for admission into the three-semester Transition Program; while students who are not able to complete the NURS 212 course as a prerequisite course may apply and be considered for admission into the four-semester Transition Program (in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015). The Nursing Department anticipates phasing out the four-semester Transition Program in Fall 2015.

Interested students are encouraged to submit an application during the application period of December 1 to February 1 (for Fall entry) or June 1 to September 1 (for Spring entry), whereupon the Nursing Department will confirm the student’s eligibility, admission status and point of entry into either the three-semester or four-semester Transition Program.

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

Do I need to have a Hawai‘i state practical nursing license in order to be considered for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program?
Yes, a Hawai‘i state practical nursing license is required in order to be considered for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program.

Is there an LPN work experience requirement for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program?
Effective June 2009, the one year of full-time LPN work experience requirement was eliminated as a requirement for the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program.

Is the Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program accredited?
The Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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 Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Accreditation:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
http://www.acenursing.org

State Approval:
Hawaii State Board of Nursing
Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
1010 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808.586.3000

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

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