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 Hawai‘i. 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.
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.
When applying for the Fall semester, please note that the Kapi‘olani CC Practical Nursing program will be held in its entirety at the Nursing Department’s off-campus instructional site at Leeward Community College. When applying for the Spring semester, the Kapi‘olani CC Practical Nursing program will be held in its entirety at the Nursing Department’s Diamond Head campus at Kapi‘olani CC.
For more information on the admissions procedure visit the following links found in the Forms & Documents section below: Nursing Information Sessions, PRCN Self-Advising Form (pdf), & the PRCN Admissions/Checklist Form
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 Hawaiʻi. The Practical Nursing Program prepares graduates for the National Council of Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Degree & Certificates
Certificate Of Achievement – Practical Nursing (44-46 credits)
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 Kapiʻolani CC Practical Nursing (PRCN) Program, must complete a Hawai‘i state-approved nurse aide course with a minimum of 135 hours of classroom lecture, lab and clinical practicum. PRCN applicants must complete the NURS 100 & NURS 100 Lab – Long Term Care Nurse Aide course offered by Kapi‘olani CC 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 Kapiʻolani CC PRCN Program, must provide proof of the nurse aide work experience and completion of any Hawai‘i state-approved nurse aide course.
ATI TEAS Exam Announcement: (updated 4/19/2022)
Effective May 31, 2022, the Kapiʻolani CC Nursing Department will NO longer allow the ATI TEAS to be proctored at home. After this date, all students must take the ATI TEAS exam at a testing center.
The nursing department will grandfather in all exams taken since March 20, 2020 when UH officially mandated the “Stay at Home” order. Effective June 1, 2022 the ATI TEAS exams must be taken in a testing center to be considered for the Kapiʻolani CC Nursing Programs.
Practical Nursing Program: FALL 2023 Application, April 1 – May 15, 2023
Effective April 1, 2023, the Nursing Department is conducting a pilot study to determine if a waiver of the 5-year time limit for science courses that have expired (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.
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 all Kapiʻolani CC LPN-RN Transition prerequisites are completed. For more information, visit the LPN-RN Transition Program page.
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.
For prospective employment as a registered nurse, please check the “Hawai‘i is Hiring” website.
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 Hawai‘i 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 may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaii. Kapiʻolani CC recommends the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student lives.
The program is fully accredited by the Board of Nursing, State of Hawai‘i.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing, the student should be able to:
- Function as a member of the health care team under the supervision of the R.N. and/or M.D.
- Participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care.
- Administer safe nursing care for patients throughout the life cycle.
- Identify the legal and ethical responsibilities of the practical nurse.