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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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (www.nlnac.org), 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; telephone: 1-800-669-1606. The NLNAC is officially recognized as the accredited agency for nursing education by the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Successful completion of the first level of the curriculum leads to a Certificate of Achievement 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. The Certificate of Achievement requires 39 credits.

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 Degree and eligibility to take the State examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Graduates will also be eligible for admissions to the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UH M_anoa.

Licensed Practical Nurses 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. Transfer students applying for advanced standing will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Admission Requirements
This policy is for new applicants to the nursing program. Applicants must demonstrate basic skills proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics as part of acceptance into the nursing program. Proficiency level may affect the sequence of courses in which students can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete the program. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

Admissions Prerequisites/Requirements:

· Graduated from an accredited high school or GED equivalent.

· Satisfactory completion of high school (within past five years) or college chemistry. High school chemistry must be at the college-prep level with a final grade of “B” or higher.

· Test into ENG 100 or have completed ENG 100 with a grade of “C” or higher.

· Test into MATH 25 or have completed MATH 24 with a grade of “C” or higher.

· Students requiring developmental course work in English, reading, or math are required to complete 24 selected college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in prerequisite, co-requisite, and support courses.

· Satisfactory National League for Nursing RN Pre-Admission Exam scores (this exam may be waived with a composite ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT combined score of 1100).

Notice to students:
Health care students are required to complete University prescribed academic requirements that involve clinical practice in a University affiliated health care facility setting with no substitution allowable. Failure of a student to complete the prescribed clinical practice shall be deemed as not satisfying academic program requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to satisfactorily complete affiliated health care facility background checks and drug testing requirements in accordance with procedures and timelines as prescribed by the affiliated health care facility.


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