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PN General Information & Requirements

Student nurses at clinical

The Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Licensed Practical nurses work in a variety of health care settings under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. More information about Licensed Practical Nursing can be accessed at

The Certificate of Achievement consists of 17 semester hours of non-nursing support courses and 27 semester hours of nursing courses; 44 semester hours in all. The program is 40 weeks long and includes 2 semesters and an 8-week-long summer session.

Admission Requirements to the Practical Nursing Program (PRCN) for Fall 2018:

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills  (TEAS ) test scores. Students must have an adjusted individual score or scaled score at the Proficient or higher level to be considered for admissions.
  • Completion of the 14 semester hours of prerequisite courses with a “C” grade or better.
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 by the end of the spring semester prior to entry, if attended college previously.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics as evidenced by completion of courses or placement test scores.
  • Applicants are selected for admission to the Practical Nursing Program using a point system based on grades earned, required and in-progress nursing support courses and TEAS scores (by January 15).
  • Qualified applicants who are deemed as Hawai‘i residents for tuition purposes are considered first for acceptance into the Practical 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.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Hawai'i State Board of Nursing. The address for Board of Nursing (BON) is DCCA-PVL, Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801. The telephone number is 808.586.3000. The BON web site is