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bulletDear Prospective Nursing Student,

Thank you for your interest in the Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program. This handbook is intended to be an important resource in planning your admission or transfer into the program. The University of Hawai‘i, an EEO/AA Institution is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

If you have questions or comments please feel free to directly contact:   

Pua Palmeira, Counselor
Phone: 808-245-8258 for an appointment or

Email: marlapua@hawaii.edu

Please also visit the Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program’s website at: http://info.kauai.hawaii.edu/program_desc/index.htm. Please also visit the campus and meet the faculty and staff.

For more general information on Kauai Community College point your browser to http://kauai.hawaii.edu.   For more information about admissions and steps to enroll go to http://kauai.hawaii.edu/admissions/ar/admrec.htm

Click here to see Admission Criteria, Pre-requisites

To apply to the nursing program, follow the Nursing Checklist and complete the Prerequisite  Completion Summary.  Applicants who apply for the A.S. Nursing Program by the February 15 deadline will be notified of their application status (accepted and waitlisted) by March 15. Students will receive a letter from the Nursing Department regarding their acceptance into the program and eligibility to register.

bulletBackground of Program

The Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program began as an LPN vocational program in 1958. It became an Associate Degree RN program in 1973 and was established as a career ladder nursing program approved by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents and the Hawaii State Board of Nursing in 1980. Full National Leagues for Nursing accreditation was received for the first time in 1985, again in 1993, 2001, and most recently in 2009. Structurally the Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program is a career ladder program in which students are able to exit after one calendar year eligible to sit for LPN licensure exams (NCLEX LPN) or continue through a second year to be eligible to test for RN licensure (NCLEX RN).

bulletThe Career Ladder Concept

The Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program is built around the career ladder concept. The faculty believe that ALL levels of nursing are important and contribute to the health care system in diverse and meaningful ways. The faculty also believe that our diverse student population requires many user-friendly entry and exit points in pursuing a nursing career and that there should be academic and career recognition and opportunity at each level. Accordingly, the faculty is committed to providing an educational system that meets these goals through a career ladder that first prepares the student for LPN licensure, then RN licensure, and finally provides easy transfer into BS education and beyond.

bulletHawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium

In response to the State of Hawai‘i’s growing need for qualified registered nurses, the University of Hawaii’s nursing programs are developing a unified approach to nursing education. The University of Hawai‘i Statewide Nursing Consortium’s (HSNC) mission is to:  Develop a system of nursing education that meets Hawai‘i’s need for well educated, culturally sensitive and caring professionally competent nurses.  The educational programs the HSNC has under development will maximize the investment made by the State of Hawai‘i by developing new ways of offering nursing education that avoids unnecessary duplication of courses, experiences,  and content,  streamlines the delivery of nursing education, and offers baccalaureate level education for nurses throughout the State. 

The curriculum is designed as a 4 year competency-based, integrated curriculum that could culminate in a baccalaureate degree. The curriculum will be the same across all nursing programs participating in the HSNC. Admission requirements for Statewide nursing curriculum are established by each campus. Community college students can choose to exit the program after achieving the competencies of the 3rd year earning an AS degree.  Community college students wishing to complete a baccalaureate degree will continue into the 4th year of the program, with a seamless transition into either on-campus or distance-based 4th year curriculum offered through University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene (SONDH).  This model will be more efficient and cost effective for AS students seeking a BS degree in nursing (currently, Hawaii's AD programs are 3 years in length and nurses take an additional 2 years at the SONDH to earn their BS degree).  

The first nursing courses for the new curriculum will be offered in fall, 2010.  The first graduates from the Associate Degree component of the curriculum will graduate and be eligible for transfer to the SONDH for their 4th year in Spring 2012.  The first graduates from the (baccalaureate degree level) Statewide Curriculum will exit the program in spring, 2013.


The Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). This commission may be reached by mail at: NLN Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; by internet at: http://www.nlnac.org or by phone at (404) 975-5000.

The Kaua‘i Community College Nursing Program is also approved by the Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing. The Board may be reached by mail at: Hawai‘i State Board of Nursing, Professional and Vocational Licensing Division, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 96801; by email nursing@dcca.hawaii.gov; or by phone at (808) 586-3000.

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