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Instructional Annual Report of Program Data (ARPD)

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College: Hawaii Community College
Program: Nursing: Practical Nursing

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The last comprehensive review for this program was on 2008, and can be viewed at:
STEM Program

Program Description

The C.A. in Practical Nursing program supports the mission of the College by teaching the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for students to become licensed practical nurses.  Experiences throughout  the program promote student growth as well as cultural competency.  Graduates contribute to the Hawaii Island community through their work as nurses and well informed members of the community.   

Program Mission

The mission of the C.A. in Practical Nursing program is to provide a continuous and adequate supply of competent licensed practical nurses for employment in the health care delivery system of Hawai’i County.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Healthy

Majors Included: PRCN     Program CIP: 51.3901

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 72 78 70 Healthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 12 11 11
3 *Number of Majors 44.5 50 31.5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 11 19 12
3b     Fall Full-Time 48% 43% 46%
3c     Fall Part-Time 52% 57% 54%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 0% 3%
3e     Spring Full-Time 50% 39% 42%
3f     Spring Part-Time 50% 61% 58%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 0% 0%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 322 242 302
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 0 0 119
6 SSH in All Program Classes 322 242 421
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 11 8 14
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 5 2 7

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 9.2 9 13.9 Healthy
10 *Fill Rate 95.8% 90% 83.6%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 1 1 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 44.5 50 15.7
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 35.3 50 22.4
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 1.3 1 1.4
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $113,924 $277,234 $360,032
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $113,924 $261,075 $335,902
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $16,159 $24,130
15 Cost per SSH $354 $1,146 $855
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 3 1 4
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 100% 89% 85% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 1 3
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 57.6% 62.9% 43.5%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     15.6%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 9 10 8
20a Degrees Awarded 0 0 0
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 9 10 8
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed   Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 1 1 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 1 1 1

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 1 0 3  
24 Enrollments Distance Education Classes 8 N/A 61
25 Fill Rate 80% N/A 85%
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 100% N/A 79%
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 N/A 3
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) No Fall Courses N/A 33%

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.00 81.82 Not Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 45.45 Not Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 57.14 Not Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 60.00 Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 17.00 12.24 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.25 0.00 Not Met

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     8  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     3
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     8
38 Number of Pell Recipients     25
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     1
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

Overall Health -- Healthy

Demand -- Healthy

The demand for this program is low and has gone down since last year.  Most students interested in nursing want to be registered nurses.  The number of replacement positions is in line with the number of graduates.  However, community health care agencies requests for LPNs is on the increase due to the increase in community facilities serving the elderly.

Efficiency -- Healthy

The program is scored as efficient based upon only one FTE being assigned to it.  However, more than one FTE is used to deliver this program.  This program uses faculty assigned to the ADN program to deliver part of the theory credits as well as the Summer courses.   Therefore the program's efficiency is questionable. 

Effectiveness -- Healthy

The program is effective in that the graduation rate is high.


Previous Program Actions

1.  Explore feasibility of using distance education to offer the program in sites other than East Hawaii and expand admissions.

2.  Utilize Laulima as a partial of total method of teaching all program courses.

3.  Determine and implement a method to obtain adequate employment data.


Perkins IV Core Indicators

It is unclear to the author what data was used to make the decisions.   Therefore an analysis cannot be made.

Part III. Action Plan

Program Action 1

Move all the program faculty, staff, classrooms and labs into Hale Aloha, a "green building".

Moving the entire Nursing & Allied Health Division into Hale Aloha, a green building, will promote sustainability.  Facilities on the upper campus currently occupied by the Division can be turned over to UH-Hilo possibly eliminating the rent currently being paid to house UH-Hilo faculty in an off campus location.  This should encompass UH System collaboration.



Part IV. Resource Implications

Cost Item 1

2 High Fidelity Patient Simulators for Hale Aloha                  Equipment                      $86,666.00

The two high fidelity patient simulator in Hilo is over 5 years old and will need to be replaced soon.  In addition, the plans for Hale Aloha include two patient simulators and two simulation suites.  High fidelity simulation has become a routine teaching methodology utilized by all UH nursing programs and the original simulators were provided by the Hawaii legislature. It is essential that this equipment continue to be available to the nursing program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


The student will retrieve, integrate, and apply relevant and reliable information, concepts from multiple disciplines and standards of nursing as the basis for evidence based nursing care.


The student will utilize the nursing process as a framework for critical thinking to assess, plan, priortize, implement and evaluate safe and effective nursing care for those having predictable nursing needs.


The student will demonstrate caring and compassion by developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships based upon mutuality and respect for the health and healing practices, beliefs and values of the individual and community.


The student will communicate and function as s member of a multidisciplinary health care team.


The student will demonstrate the ability to deliver effective health education as an integral part of promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, management of chronic conditions and end of life care.


The student will demonstrate professional behaviors and practice within the legal and ethical framework of licensed practical nursing.


The student will use self-reflection to evaluate their nursing effectiveness and personal experiences for ongoing learning and growth.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

See letter from the Hawaii Board of Nursing.

B) Expected Level Achievement

See Hawaii Community College Assessment Reporting Form and consult the following web sites for complete assessment information:     

C) Courses Assessed

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D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

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E) Results of Program Assessment

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F) Other Comments

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G) Next Steps

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