Kauai Community College

Lihue, HI 96766

Kauai Community College is located in Lihue, Hawaii. This community college is a two-year institution that offers a large number of courses for students to choose from. This school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It was originally founded way back in 1965 and has been a popular option for those seeking higher education in the area ever since. There is an impressive number of degree programs available at this community college, making it a great fit for just about any student. Aside from associate’s degree programs, this school also offers many certificate programs for some job-focused courses. Students will be able to have a great experience when they attend this school.

The Kauai Community College Nursing Program is highly respected. This program produces fine nurses every year and is going to be able to give prospective students the best possible nursing education. Students can choose between the practical nursing program and the registered nursing program. Those pursuing the RN program will be able to earn an associate in science degree. The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  Students can expect to learn everything that they need to know to succeed as professionals and will also be ready to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN examination for licensure. Graduates of the ADN program can join UH Mānoa BSN program upon graduation (some prerequisites required).


Campus LocaleRemote Town
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate64%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 6 11
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 5 15
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 74.1%
  • NCLEX-PN: 96.5%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1971 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1985 - 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, 66% of Kauai 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 40% $3,772
Other Federal Grant 1% $500
State Grant & Scholarships 9% $2,810
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 45% $2,199
Federal Student Loans 5% $2,992
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$7,876
$30,001 to $48,000$9,333
$48,001 to $75,000$10,145
$75,001 to $110,000$12,528
Over $110,000$14,761

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien
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.

Kauai Community College
3-1901 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, HI 96766

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