This program prepares students to take the state licensure examination (NCLEX) for registered nursing with an option to take the practical nursing state licensure examination if they desire. Graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community based settings.
The Associate of Science Degree program requires four semesters of course work in nursing (42 credits) and 30 credits of non-nursing prerequisite and co-requisite courses for a total of 72 credits.
A grade of "C" or better is considered passing for all nursing and support courses. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better must be maintained to remain in the nursing program. All courses required for the degree must be taken for a letter grade.
Entry Proficiency Level Requirements
Proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics is recognized as essential for a successful nurse.
Entry levels for reading, writing, and mathematics for prerequisite courses are:
- Reading: Complete English 21 or placement into English 102
- Writing: Complete English 22 or ESL 15 or placement into English 100
- Mathematics: Complete Math 25 or 26 or placement into Math 27
Admission Requirements to the Associate of Science Degree Program:
- Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) test scores.
- Completion of the 27 semester hours of prerequisite courses with a "C" grade or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of the spring semester prior to program entry and evidence of math proficiency by completion of Math 25 or 26 or COMPASS placement into Math 27.
- Applicants are selected for admission to the Associate of Science in Nursing Program using a point system based on grades earned (by March 1st) in the required nursing support courses and TEAS V scores. Additional points are awarded ¬†to applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses.
- Qualified applicants who are deemed as Hawai‚Äėi residents for tuition purposes are considered first for acceptance into the Associate in Science Degree Nursing Program; after which, qualified, non-resident applicants are considered on a space available basis.
- Applicants for the nursing program need to be aware of the following¬†regarding clinical agency requirements: 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 health care 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.
In order to be considered for acceptance in the A.D.N. program on the LPN Transition Track, the following requirements must be met:
- Graduation from a state accredited LPN program.
- Full time equivalent employment as an LPN for at least one year.
- Experience in an acute hospital setting or long term care facility in the last five years.
- Applicants must apply and be accepted into the ADN program and meet all the standard admission requirements.