Nursing: Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program

Nursing: Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program

***Special Announcement for PRCN Program***
**FALL 2023 Application**

Effective April 1, 2023, the Nursing Department is conducting a pilot study to determine if a 5-year time limit waiver for science courses (PHYL 141, PHYL 142, & PHRM 203) can be granted for applicants who have completed 200+ hours of work experience in the healthcare field with direct patient care at a medical facility (home health care not eligible) within the past 3-years of the application period.

Please contact the Nursing Counselors for more information, on Counseling for Nursing Programs.

 

 

Program Description

The Practical Nursing program curriculum is designed to prepare students with entry level competencies needed for the Licensed Practical Nurse examination. The program consists of planned learning experiences in classroom, laboratory and faculty supervised clinical settings which will prepare the student to function in the role of a beginning practitioner of practical nursing. The program prepares the student for eligibility to take the licensure examination for practical nurses. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to take the licensing examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program is fully accredited by the Board of Nursing, State of Hawaii. The Practical Nursing Program prepares graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Admissions Procedure

The Practical Nursing program is a select admissions program; pre/corequisite courses, examinations, test scores, and/or other required documentation are submitted and reviewed during designated application periods. Applicants are then selected and notified by the Nursing Department.

For more information on the admissions, procedure visit the following links found in the Forms & Documents section below: Nursing Information Sessions, Self-Advising Forms, & the Admissions Application/Checklist.

Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Certificate Of Achievement - Practical Nursing (44-46 credits)
    The Practical Nursing program curriculum is designed to prepare students with entry-level competencies needed for the Licensed Practical Nurse examination. The program consists of planned learning experiences in classroom, laboratory and faculty-supervised clinical settings which will prepare the student to function in the role of a beginning practitioner of practical nursing. The program prepares the student for eligibility to take the licensure examination for practical nurses.

Nursing Program Career Ladder

After completing a Practical Nursing program and obtaining their practical nursing licensure, interested students may pursue the LPN-RN Transition (ANURS-LPN) which is for Licensed Practical Nurses who are interested in becoming a registered nurse. This program may be completed in three semesters after prerequisites are completed. For more information, visit the LPN-RN Transition Program page.

As an alternative to the pathway from a practical nursing program to the LPN-RN Transition Program, interested students may pursue the Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ADN) program, wherein after completing the third semester within the ADN program, nursing students will have an opportunity to register for and pass the NCLEX-PN exam to obtain their practical nursing licensure.

Potential Careers & Employers

There is a demand for practical nurses in long-term care facilities and home health settings with possible opportunities in the acute/hospital setting. The average entry-level salary is $20 per hour and with experience $28 per hour or more.

To learn more about nursing and other health care careers, please check the “Hawai’i Career Explorer” website at https://careerexplorer.hawaii.edu/.

For prospective employment as a registered nurse, please check the “Hawai‘i is Hiring” website at https://www.hawaiiishiring.com.

Licensure and State Authorization

Once the student has completed the Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing program and has successfully obtained certification in Hawai’i by the Hawaʻi 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 (Kapi‘olani 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

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

PRCN Program Outcomes

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