The Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ANURS/ADN) Program is for individuals with no previous nursing education and who are interested in becoming a registered nurse. The ADN/ANURS Program can be completed within four semesters after program prerequisites are completed.
Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum
Effective Fall 2012, the KCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program will be realigned with the UH-Mānoa Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program via the Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum, thus enabling ADN graduates to continue their nursing education in pursuit of a BSN degree at UH-Mānoa.
In preparation for the Nursing Consortium Curriculum, pre-nursing students must complete ten (10) prerequisite courses by the application deadline, while two (2) co-requisite/support courses may be completed within the KCC ADN program or prior to the application deadline. For a listing of the prerequisite and co-requisite courses, please reference the ADN Self Advising Form situated within the FORMS section within the ADN: Admissions Procedures webpage.
Effective December 1, 2012 and thereafter, ADN program applicants will be required to complete all ten (10) prerequisite courses by the KCC ADN program application deadlines (i.e., February 1st for Fall entry and September 1st for Spring entry).
Pilot Study for ATI-TEAS Pre-Admissions Exam for Nursing Program:
Effective June 1, 2013 and as part of a pilot study to analyze the Assessment Technology Institute’s Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI-TEAS) exam and determine if the minimum adjusted individual total score should be revised, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) will accept an ATI-TEAS adjusted individual total score of 65% or higher to fulfill the pre-admissions exam requirement for the KCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program and the KCC LPN-RN Transition Program. Applicants for the KCC nursing programs must continue to fulfill all other admissions requirements and will be considered for admissions on a “best qualified” bases.
Five-Year Time Limit for Science Courses Eliminated:
Effective June 2012 and thereafter, the Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) will eliminate the five-year time limit for the science prerequisite and co-requisite courses for the ADN Program and LPN-RN Transition Program. Starting with those applicants for the ADN Program and LPN-RN Transition Program in the Spring 2013 semester and thereafter, students will no longer be required to complete their science prerequisite courses and co-requisite courses within five years of their application to the nursing program. The science prerequisite and co-requisite courses include ZOOL 141-141L, ZOOL 142-142L, MICR 130, PHRM 203 and CHEM(any numeric).
The five-year time limit policy is being eliminated, since students accepted into the ADN Program in the Fall 2012 and thereafter will be required to complete the NURS 212 – Pathophysiology course, which will focus on pathophysiological concepts that are basic to understanding illness and injury and the corresponding spectrum of human responses, which serve as a foundation for the formulation of clinical decisions and care planning.
Nursing Program Career Ladder and Licensure
A career ladder model is incorporated into the Associate in Science degree in Nursing program to provide students with an opportunity to acquire skills to become a nurse aide as well as obtain training and licensure to become a practical nurse and a registered nurse.
After completing the first semester within the ADN program, students acquire skills to become a nurse aide (without the benefit of certification) in the acute setting. Students interested in obtaining certification as a nurse aide in the long-term care setting should apply and be accepted to enroll in the NURS 9 - Long Term Care Nurse Aide course. After the third semester within the Nursing Consortium Curriculum within the ADN program, students are eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN) examination to become licensed practical nurses. The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Program prepares graduates for the National Council for Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination and to perform as entry level registered nurses.
The KCC ADN Program in its entirety with all complementary support services is offered each Fall and Spring at the KCC Diamond Head (DH) campus site and the Leeward Community College (LCC) satellite campus site starting in the Spring 2010. The KCC DH campus site is located in the Kōpiko Building at 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816, while the LCC satellite campus site is located in the Health Science Building at 96-045 Ala Ike Street, Pearl City, HI 96782.
Inquiries about the KCC ADN Program and its offerings at the DH and LCC satellite campus sites may be directed to the KCC Nursing Department at its DH campus office at (808) 734-9305. Inquiries via e-mail may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADN Student Handbook
All new nursing students are required to familiarize themselves with the Nursing Department policies and procedures relative to the ADN Program as described within the KCC ADN Student Handbook. The handbook describes program policies relative to academics, clinical performance, uniform regulations, employment, health and safety requirements, course progression, resolving student concerns, course withdrawal and readmissions, graduation, licensure, college policies, privacy rights, financial aid, disability support services, learning resource center and nursing laboratory guidelines for faculty and students.
The Nursing Department at Kapi‘olani Community College is pleased to inform students, faculty and the community about the program outcomes for its Associate in Science degree in nursing program. Several major outcomes are regularly monitored in order to continually improve the nursing program at KCC: graduate completion rate, NCLEX-RN (licensure) pass rate, graduated student satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and job placement rate. Specific data may be found within the Nursing Program Outcomes (PDF document).
Important qualities of a nurse include enjoy working with and caring for people as well as being personable, reassuring, patient, compassionate, honest and reliable. Other qualities include being able to accept, give and use constructive feedback; having good manual dexterity and coordination; being able to act quickly and effectively in emergencies; being able to speak and write well; being able to work independently and within a team; and being able to deal with a variety of emotional expressions.
In order to prepare for a nursing career and program, you will need to develop a strong background in math, science and English; acquire paid work experience with direct patient care within a hospital, nursing home, clinic or other health care setting; develop good communication, computer, logical thinking and time management skills; take health-related courses; and complete prerequisite courses.
There is a demand for nurses in the specialty areas and long-term care facilities. The average entry-level salary is $31 per hour and with experience $45 per hour or more.
The KCC ADN Program is approved by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). For more information on the KCC ADN Program’s accreditation, please contact the ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; Tel. 404.975.5000; Fax 404.975.5020; website; http://www.acenursing.org.
For more information, please contact:
Kapi'olani Community College
Kōpiko Building, Room 201
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816