Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program Special Announcements

Concept-Based Curriculum for Practical Nursing Program

Pending approval by College and the Hawaii Board of Nursing, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KapCC) plans to implement a new concept-based curriculum for the Practical Nursing (PRCN) program starting in the Fall 2017 semester, thus enabling practical nursing students to consider the context for their learning ultimately bringing “real world” meaning to content knowledge and skills.  By updating and implementing the concept-based curriculum, the PRCN program will also be seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in order to complement the program’s current status as an approved nursing program by the Hawaii Board of Nursing.

To enable the Nursing Department to make the required adjustments to the new nursing courses within the KapCC Practical Nursing Program, the practical nursing courses offered in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 will be designated as experimental courses; after which, pending approval by the college, the practical nursing courses will be converted to non-experimental (permanent) courses starting in the Fall 2018. Pending final approval by the Hawaii Board of Nursing, nursing students entering the PRCN program in the Fall 2017 semester and thereafter and who successfully complete the PRCN program will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to obtain their practical nursing license in Hawai‘i.

Revised Program Entry and Application Periods for Practical Nursing Program

Pending approval by College and the Hawaii Board of Nursing, the points of entry and related application periods for the Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program will change effective April 1, 2017, wherein applications for Fall entry will be submitted between April 1 to May 15; while applications for Spring entry will be submitted between August 1 to September 15. Consequently, for those applicants who were intending to apply to the Summer 2017 Practical Nursing program and if their science courses are set to expire after the application period, the Nursing Department will grant a one-time waiver on the five-year time limit for those aforementioned applicants if they apply for the Fall 2017 Practical Nursing program between April 1, 2017 to May 15, 2017. In the aforementioned circumstance, the five-year time limit will be waived only for those science courses completed at the end of the Fall 2011. The Practical Nursing Program will no longer admit students in the Summer term.   Students accepted into the PRCN Program in the Fall semester will complete their nursing program (in Fall, Spring and Summer) at the KapCC Nursing Department’s satellite site at Leeward Community College, while students accepted into the PRCN Program in the Spring semester will complete their nursing program (in Spring, Summer and Fall) at the KapCC Diamond Head campus.

Given the changes to the points of entry and related application periods, the Nursing Department will not be admitting students into the PRCN program in Summer 2017, ultimately cancelling the (October 1, 2016 – December 15, 2016) application period.

Revised Pre-Admissions Exam Requirement for Practical Nursing Program

Applicants will still be required to 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. As an update on its previous announcement, the Nursing Department has decided to postpone indefinitely the implementation of the ATI TEAS exam policy requiring practical nursing applicants to achieve proficient level scores in all four categories (i.e., English language, reading, math and science) within the ATI TEAS exam, wherein practical nursing applicants need only obtain an adjusted individual total score of 60% or higher (or equivalent scaled score or higher) and complete all other admissions requirements to be considered for admissions on a best qualified, first accepted basis.

Revised Nurse Aide Requirement for Practical Nursing Program

Effective April 1, 2018 and pending approval by the college, nursing program applicants, who utilize a nurse aide course to fulfill the nurse aide requirement for the KapCC Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program, must complete a Hawai‘i-state approved nurse aide course with a minimum of 150 hours of classroom lecture, lab and clinical practicum. PRCN applicants must complete the NURS 9 – Long Term Care Nurse Aide course offered by Kapi‘olani Community College or complete any equivalent nurse aide course offered at another institution. Nursing program applicants, who utilize the nurse aide work experience to fulfill the nurse aide requirement for the KapCC PRCN Program, must provide proof of the nurse aide work experience and completion of any Hawai‘i state-approved nurse aide course.

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