Nursing Resourses

Degree Benefits

What can you do with an Associate Degree in Nursing?

  • An associate degree (AS) from the Kaua`i Community Colleges ACEN accredited Nursing program qualifies you to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. 
  • When you pass the exam (and pay the Hawaii State Board of Nursing the licensing fee) you will be awarded a license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Hawai`i. 
  • Because of reciprocity agreements across the U.S. you may apply to "any" state for an RN license to work in that state.  
  • Upon graduation, you may also elect to continue your education by enrolling in a RN to baccalaureate in nursing (BSN) program. There are many RN-BSN programs across the US. including the Hawai`i State Nursing Consortium (HSNC) program and the Executive RN-BSN program at UH Manoa

Once you are licensed as an RN with an Associate Degree, you can work as a:

  • Staff RN in a hospital
  • Staff RN in an outpatient clinical setting
  • Travel nurse with short term or long term contracts around the world
  • Home care nurse or case manager
  • Charge nurse in a residential care facility
  • School nurse
  • Specialty nurse after further training

This list only represents a small portion of the possible career opportunities!