Nursing

Welcome to The Nursing Program at Kaua'i Community College!

The Kaua‘i Community College Career Ladder Nursing program is built around the career ladder concept that allows flexibility in career and educational planning. The program admits new students every fall semester. The Career Ladder Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone: (404) 975- 5000. The program was reaffirmed accreditation until Spring 2025. The ACEN (www.acenursing.org) is officially recognized as the accredited agency for nursing education by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Successful completion of the first level of the curriculum leads to a Certificate of Achievement (CA) and eligibility to take the State Board Examination for licensure as a Practical Nurse. The first level curriculum requires two semesters and one summer session, resulting in the CA. Continuation into the second level of the Career Ladder Nursing program is based upon satisfactorily meeting established criteria for entry of continuing students into the second level. The second level requires an additional two semesters and leads to an Associate in Science (AS) Degree and eligibility to take the State examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Graduates will also be eligible for admissions to the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UH Mānoa after completing additional prerequisite courses which can be taken concurrently with the AS degree program. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) seeking advanced standing into the second level of the Career Ladder Nursing program must meet established criteria for entry of LPNs into the second level.


Program Admission Requirements

Complete prerequisite courses with:

  1. A grade of “C” or higher (C- is not accepted).
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam with scaled scores at the Proficient
    Level or higher in all content areas. Basic and Developmental Level scores in any content area will
    not be accepted.
  4. The Nursing Program Admissions Committee will utilize an admissions rubric approved by the
    Nursing program faculty as the basis for admission into the Nursing program. Prospective students
    should see the Health Science counselor for the current admissions rubric.

Graduation Requirements

A grade of “C” or higher in all Nursing program courses is required for graduation. Students need to complete computerized proficiency testing on a Standardized Exit Exam with a satisfactory exam score in the spring semester of the second level. Students failing to obtain a satisfactory score will be required to complete a designated NCLEX-RN review course at his/her own expense before the AS Degree in Nursing can be confirmed.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. A competent nurse’s professional actions are based on core nursing values, professional
    standards of practice, and the law. [Institution Student Learning Outcome (ISLO): Personal
    Responsibility]
  2. A competent nurse develops insight through reflective practice, self-analysis, and self-care.
    [ISLO: Cognition, Personal Responsibility]
  3. A competent nurse engages in ongoing self-directed learning and provides care based on
    evidence supported by research. [ISLO: Cognition, Information Competency, Social
    Responsibility, Personal Responsibility]
  4. A competent nurse demonstrates leadership in nursing and health care. [ISLO: Social
    Responsibility]
  5. A competent nurse collaborates as part of a health care team. [ISLO: Communication, Social
    Responsibility)
  6. A competent nurse practices within, utilizes, and contributes to the broader health care
    system (including the Global Community). [ISLO: Social Responsibility]
  7. A competent nurse practices client-centered care. [ISLO: Communication, Cognition,
    Information Competency, Social Responsibility, Personal Responsibility]
  8. A competent nurse communicates and uses communication technology effectively. [ISLO:
    Communication, Information Competency]
  9. A competent nurse demonstrates clinical judgment/critical thinking in the delivery of care of
    clients while maintaining safety. [ISLO: Cognition]

 

GUIDED PATHWAYS TO COMPLETION

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Nursing (Register Nursing) Associates of Science (AS) , 70 credits

Fall Semester 1

  • ENG 100 - Composition I, (3 credits)
  • Mathematics: MATH 100 or any MATH course 100-level or higher designated as FQ/FS (3 credits)
  • MICR 130 - General Microbiology (3 credits)
  • PHYL 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits)
  • PHYL 141L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab I, (1 credit)
Spring Semester 2
  • NURS 212 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • PHYL142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits)
  • PHYL 142L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
  • PSY 240 - Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Fall Semester 3
  • NURS 210 - Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (9 credits)
  • NURS 211 - Professionalism in Nursing I (1 credit)
Spring Semester 4
  • NURS 203 - General Pharmacology (3 credits)
    NURS 220 - Health and Illness I (10 credits)
Summer Session Semester 5
  • NURS 230 - Clinical Immersion I (4 credits)
Fall Semester 6
  • NURS 320 - Health and Illness II (10 credits)
Spring Semester 7
  • NURS 360 - Health and Illness III (9 credits)
  • NURS 362 - Professionalism in Nursing II (1 credits)

Total credits: 70

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Practical Nursing Certificate of Achievement (CA), 50 credits
 
Fall Semester 1
  • ENG 100 - Composition I (3 credits)
  • Mathematics: MATH 100 or any MATH course 100-level or higher designated as FQ/FS (3 credits)
  • MICR 130 - General Microbiology (3 credits)
  • PHYL 141 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 credits)
  • PHYL 141L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab I (1 credit)

Spring Semester 2

  • NURS 212 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • PHYL 142 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 credits)
  • PHYL 142L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
  • PSY 240 - Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

Fall semester 3

  • NURS 210 - Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (9 credits)
  • NURS 211 - Professionalism in Nursing I (1 credit)

Spring semester 4

  • NURS 203 - General Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 220 - Health and Illness I (10 credits)
Summer Session Semester 5
  • NURS 230 - Clinical Immersion I (4 credits)

Total credits: 50

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