Licensed practical nurses are in high demand in Hawaii, and there’s expected to be an increase in that demand, so if you’re looking to enter the healthcare field, or make a career change, becoming an LPN is an attractive option.
Before you rush into Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) training in Hawaii though, there are a few things you should know.
Choose State Approved Training Programs for LPN’s In Hawaii
The first step in becoming a registered LPN in Hawaii is to complete a state Board of Nursing approved course. You won’t be allowed to take the certification exam if you take a course that’s not state approved – so make sure that you check before you sign up.
Where to Find State Approved LPN Courses in Hawaii
There are four accredited and approved LPN training programs in Hawaii at the moment – but that could change as new courses are added, or a particular course’s approval status changes. The best advice is to contact community colleges or training facilities in the area you live, and ask them whether the courses they offer are state approved, before signing up.
Check How Long the Course Will Take to Complete
Full time LPN training courses in Hawaii can take anything from 12 to 18 months to complete, however, there are also part time courses, that can take up to 36 months to complete, so make sure you check before you sign up.
LPN Course Content In Hawaii
When you sign up for an LPN training program, and it’s a state approved one, you will be covering the same syllabus as you would at any other approved facility in the state. That course content usually includes everything from emergency procedures, like CPR, to nursing theory, hands on clinical training with patients (supervised by an RN), and many other skills. In fact, by the time you have completed the practical, classroom and lab based studies, you will be ready to work as an LPN anywhere in the state.
Licensing and Prospects for LPN’s in Hawaii
Even after you have completed your studies, there’s still one more hurdle to get past, before you can register as an LPN in Hawaii: you need to pass the NCLEX-PN or licensure exam.
Once you’ve done that, however, you will be able to earn an average of nearly $40,000 per year, and have the option of launching a long term career in healthcare, that could potentially lead to further studies to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or to take up an administrative role in health-care. A lot of LPNs though also choose to remain in their role.
Accredited LPN Schools, Training Classes & Programs in Hawaii
Hawaii Community College
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 974-7560
This community college is a part of the Hawaii University system and housing is provided by the university. The LPN program is a 40 week program and covers 40 semester hours worth of study. The graduate receives a certificate of achievement and students are required to a few prerequisite course before admission.
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Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 734-9305
The LPN program here takes one year to complete and students have the option of applying for financial aid in the form of scholarships and federal grants. Their state of the art library and computer labs are available to assist students with their study needs. Other resources include academic advising, disability and emergency services.
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Kauai Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8325
Students who have completed their LPN program have had a 100% pass rate in the years up to 2009 and a 94% pass rate in 2010 for the NPLEX-PN state exam. The program requires 60 credits to graduate and is completed in one year. The cost of the LPN program is $317 for residents while non residents pay $350.
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UH Maui Community College
310 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone: (808) 984-3250
The career services at this school caters to students and graduates through internships, placements and counseling. There is a student government body along with several clubs and organization for those interested in extra curricular activities. Students from the LPN program receives a certificate of achievement upon graduation. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
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