LPN To RN Transition Pathway

The purpose of the LPN – RN Transition pathway is to provide the opportunity for students with previously acquired nursing knowledge and skills as an LPN in a RN program to continue and achieve an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and to pass the NCLEX-RN. Admission into the LPN-RN transition pathway and into the second year of the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program is on a space-available basis and course equivalency evaluation. In order to be eligible for admission into the Transition Pathway, the LPN must meet the following admission criteria: (Please refer to LPN-RN Transitions Rubric).  

Application deadline:  May 1st prior to the desired semester of reentry.     

  1. Completed the first level Associate Degree Nursing Program such as (UH Nursing Consortium Curriculum, KCC Career Ladder Program, or similar RN Associate degree programs). 
  2. Possession of a valid Hawai‘i LPN License in good standing 
  3. Complete all program prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher and a minimum GPA will be 2.75 
  4. Completed NURS 212, Pathophysiology and NURS 203, Pharmacology (or equivalent Pharmacology course prior to Fall 2017) with a grade of “C” or higher 
  5. If science and math courses are older than 7 years, students will be required to take the ATI TEAS exam and achieve a “Proficient” or higher score in all areas. 

Credit is granted for the following courses at the time of admissions into the AS Program:

  • NURS 210 Health Promotion Across Lifespan (9 credits)
  • NURS 211 Professionalism 1, (1 credit)
  • NURS 220 Health & Illness 1, (10 credits)
  • NURS 230 Clinical Immersion, (4 credits)


Revised 4/24/23