Practical Nursing Program Admissions Procedures

Thank you for your interest in the Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing program. The admission procedures below are intended to provide guidance on the application process for the Practical Nursing Program.

Application Period:

Applications for the Practical Nursing Program are accepted for the Fall semester and Spring semester. The Fall application period is April 1 to May 15, while the Spring application period is August 1 to September 15. When applying for the Fall semester, please note that the KapCC Practical Nursing program will be offered in its entirety at the Nursing Department’s satellite site at Leeward Community College. When applying for the Spring semester, the KapCC Practical Nursing program will be offered in its entirety at the Nursing Department’s Diamond Head campus (at KapCC).

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 PRCN Program Toolbox and select Nursing Information Session for dates and times for the (in-person) information sessions.

Step #2: Complete all pre-admission requirements.
Complete all Practical Nursing Program prerequisite courses and other admissions requirements before applying to the program. A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses.  For a listing of the prerequisite courses and other admissions requirements, please click to the Practical Nursing Program Toolbox and select the Practical Nursing Self-Advising Form.  Completing program co-requisite (support) courses is also recommended.

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 Practical Nursing Program.  An adjusted individual total exam score of 65% or higher is required to qualify for the PRCN 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 60% or higher will be considered for admissions into the PRCN 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 KapCC Admissions Application/Checklist Form.
If you are new, transferring or returning to Kapi‘olani Community College, submit an (online) “University of Hawai‘i System Application Form.”

All students applying to the Practical Nursing Program, must complete a (Practical Nursing) Admissions Application/Check List Form which may be obtained by accessing the “Practical Nursing Program Toolbox,” and then selecting the “PRCN Application/Checklist Form.”

Effective April 1, 2017 and pending approval by the College and the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing, students interested in starting the KapCC PRCN Program at the Diamond Head (DH) campus site should apply for Spring entry, while other students interested in starting the KapCC PRCN Program at its Leeward Community College (LCC) satellite site should apply for Fall entry.

Step #4: Selection and Acceptance
Accepted students will be notified by regular mail of their acceptance into the Practical Nursing 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: Register online and pay your tuition.
After attending the Practical Nursing New Student Orientation Session, you will register online for the NURS 101, NURS 110 and NURS 120 courses. 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 ʻIlima 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 KapCC Kekaulike Information and Service Center (KISC) 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 #8: Purchase required books and supplies.
You will need to purchase required textbooks and supplies at the KCC 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 KapCC 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 KapCC Bookstore.

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