Nursing: Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses – Admissions Procedures

Thank you for your interest in the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing/ Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses program (also known as the LPN-RN Transition Program). The admission procedures below are intended to provide guidance on the application process for the LPN-RN transition program.

Application Period:

Applications for the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing/Transition for LPNs 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. After attending an information session, and for additional academic advising and support, visit a counselor during walk-in 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. in Kōpiko 201.

Click to the Forms & Documents section and select Nursing Information Session for date and times for the (in-person) information sessions. You may also view the (online) information session.

COVID-19 Advisory: Due to the COVID-19 virus, and in lieu of attending an (in-person) Nursing Information Session, you should view the (online) nursing information session. In addition, since walk-in advising has been suspended indefinitely due to the virus, please submit inquiries by e-mail at

Step #2: Complete all pre-admission requirements.
Complete all Transition 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 click to the Transition for LPNs Program Toolbox and select the LPN-RN Transition Program Self-Advising Form. Completing program co-requisite (support) courses is also recommended.

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

Students who have completed all of the prerequisite courses, ATI-TEAS exam and have their practical nurses license, and are interested in completing the NURS 212 (Pathophysiology) course as a prerequisite for the Transition Program, should contact a Nursing Department counselor to confirm their eligibility and obtain a registration override for the NURS 212 course.

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 LPN-RN Transition Program. An adjusted individual total exam score of 78% or higher is required to qualify for the Transition Program. The exam score remains current for three years and may be retaken every three months. The 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 Transition 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 KCC 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 LPN-RN Transition Program must complete a (Transition) Admissions Application/Checklist Form which may be obtained by referencing the Forms & Documents section and then selecting the “LPN-RN Transition Admissions Application/Checklist Form.

Step #4: Selection and Acceptance
Accepted students will be notified by regular mail of their acceptance into the LPN-RN Transition 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.

Step #7: Complete the LPN-RN Transition Bridge Course. Accepted students are required to complete the bridge course in preparation for their enrollment in the NURS 220 – Health and Illness I course which serves as the first-semester course within the Associate Degree in Nursing/Transition for Licensed Practical Nurses Program.

Step #8: Register online and pay your tuition.
After attending the Transition Program New Student Orientation Session, you will register online for the NURS 220 course. To register and make payment online, go to and follow the instructions to login. Payment by check may also be made at the KCC 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 #9: Purchase required books and supplies.
You will need to purchase required textbooks and supplies at the Kapi‘olani CC Bookstore located in Ohi‘a 116. Bookstore hours are Monday to Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Special extended hours are available during the week before the start of the semester. If KCC 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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