Kapiolani Community College

Honolulu, HI 96816

Kapiolani Community College (KCC) is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a two-year community college that has been serving the community for a very long time. The school was established all the way back in 1946 and it used to be known as Kapiolani Technical School. The school still offers many technical programs but it is also fully focused on providing students with occupational and professional programs. This is a great academic school that can give students access to the best educational experience on the island. It is considered to be the largest comprehensive community college in Hawaii. KCC serves over 31,000 students and it continues to be seen as a renowned academic institution that is very forward-thinking.

KCC nursing students can expect a fantastic program that will allow them to learn and grow in a helpful environment. Students will be able to pursue practical nursing programs in order to become LPNs. There is also an associate’s degree course that will appeal to those who wish to become RNs and an RN bridge program for those who hold an LPN license. This college holds all of its programs to a very high standard and the nursing programs are among the most respected. This is a thorough program that will cover all necessary knowledge as well as many recent advancements to keep students up to date on the latest nursing trends. 


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate62%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 8 45
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 9 24
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90%
  • NCLEX-PN: 97.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
07/01/1970 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
01/01/1993 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates --

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$126/credit
In State Students$126/credit
Out of State Students$340/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $5,670 $5,670 $15,300
ADN 70 $8,820 $8,820 $23,800
BSN 125 $15,750 $15,750 $42,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 48% of Kapiolani Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 29% $4,296
Other Federal Grant 4% $778
State Grant & Scholarships -- --
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 25% $1,908
Federal Student Loans 10% $3,901
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,010
$30,001 to $48,000$5,624
$48,001 to $75,000$7,644
$75,001 to $110,000$9,577
Over $110,000$10,101

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown

Relevant scholarships

Dan & Pauline Lutkenhouse & Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden Scholarship

Applicant must be a resident of Hilo Coast and Hamakua Coast, north of Wailuki River and be majoring in agriculture, medicine, science or nursing.

Filipino Nurses’ Organization of Hawaii Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Hawaiian full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in nursing and are of Filipino ancestry. Applicants must have permanent address in ...

Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society Nursing Scholarship Fund

The eligible candidate for this scholarship  must have been accepted in a nursing program at a two or four year college or university in Hawaii, pursing an RN or LPN degree.

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. Scholarship Fund

Applicant to this scholarship must be graduate of a high school on the island of Hawaii and be accepted as an upper classman into one of the following college programs: school of engineering, ...

Laura Jean Armstrong Scholarship

Applicants to this scholarship must be a resident of the State of Hawaii demonstrating financial need and attending a degree in nursing in an accredited college or university.

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Hawaii state board of nursing.

Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816

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