Application Periods & Deadlines

Applications are only available during our application period. We accept applications during the following times:

  • January 22 - February 28 for summer admission
  • September 1 - September 30 for winter admission

All materials must be received in the Division office (B-6 of the PCC Foothill Campus) by Feb. 28 or September 30 at 3 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

General Admission Information

Before applying to the Career Ladder Nursing program, please review the following admission requirements and recommendations.

  1. Nursing students must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English in a rapidly changing health care environment.
  2. Transcripts and applications are not kept on file. Prior applications and transcripts are shredded after the completion of the selection process.
  3.  It is highly recommended that basic science courses; anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and microbiology be completed within the past five years with a grade of “C” or higher. The BRN requires a C or better in all BRN required coursework in order to be considered for licensure. 
  4. It is recommended that you complete non-nursing courses prior to beginning the RN program. The program is very rigorous and students will generally not be able to manage additional classes or work during the semesters they are in the program.
  5. An Assessment/Readiness test (TEAS 6) is required. This is a basic test of reading, vocabulary, math and science that is highly correlated with success in a registered nursing program. A minimum score of 62 is required to apply to the nursing program. Study material to prepare for or help raise your TEAS score can be found in ATI's Smart Prep for TEAS  at  Official results must be sent to PCC Nursing for consideration in admission.
  6. Social Security number is required to be admitted to the program. The clinical sites we use require each student to have a social security number to register and chart in the electronic medical record (EMR) and complete the clinical portion of their nursing education.
  7. You need an influenza vaccine (flu shot) at the time of application.
  8. Valid LVN license. Recent LVN graduates may provide transcripts with certificate posted.
  9.  Submission of an application packet does not guarantee admission.

How to Apply

  Complete Your Application Packet

To apply to the Career Ladder Nursing program you need to submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • A completed Career Ladder Program Application
    (January 22 - February 28 or September 1 - September 30).
  • One official U.S. high school transcript or GED certificate or Equivalency Report from one of the college’s acceptable companies
    This is not required if an Associate or higher degree is posted on U.S. college transcripts.
  • One official transcript of ALL U.S. colleges and universities attended, including Pasadena City College*
    *If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated.
  • One official transcript from the LVN school you graduated from.
  • Copy of your current California LVN license (front & back)
  • Printout of TEAS 6 transcript with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62 or higher. 

Be aware that unofficial transcripts and photocopies of diplomas are not acceptable, and incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. If you are accepted into the program, the college’s Records Office will also require transcripts.

2   Submit Your Application Packet

You must submit your application to the Health Sciences Division office by 3pm on the final day of the application period (February 28 or September 30). If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

Pasadena City College
Career Ladder Nursing Program
Health Sciences Division B-6
3035 East Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Selection Criteria

Selection to the program is based on the following criteria:

  • GPA for Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, English,  (minimum GPA 2.5 to apply)
  • Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tool TEAS (minimum score of 62 to apply)
  • Completion of relevant coursework; Introduction to Sociology, Human Nutrition, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Elementary Statistics, Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication, Critical Thinking (ENGL 001C, PHIL 025, 030, 033, PHSC 002,SPCH 006 or 012).
  • Relevant healthcare certificates, current patient care experience, veteran status, previous academic degree 
  • Life experiences or special circumstances of an applicant (all applicants receive the maximum points)
  • Proficiency or advanced coursework in languages other than English 

See the Full Selection Criteria Here

Program Acceptance

We will notify applicants to the Career Nursing Program by email approximately 10 weeks after the close of the application period.

Upon acceptance to the  program, you will be required to:

  1. Complete the application for admission to Pasadena City College. Apply Now.
  2. Complete a Health Clearance (forms will be provided) and enter medical and immunization data into
  3. Complete an annual background check through to be able to attend clinical experiences. Details regarding these clearances will be provided with the acceptance packet upon selection. Clinical affiliation sites require an unencumbered background check.
  4. The RN program requires a clear drug screen each semester you are providing patient care.

    If you have questions or concerns about the drug screen or background check, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss these concerns with the nursing program director. You can also view some of the issues on the BRN website at

Transcript Evaluation

If you are a student with foreign transcripts, you must have your transcripts evaluated by one of the following three companies before applying. A detailed/comprehensive report with breakdown of upper and lower division courses is required.

International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310) 258-9451 |

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310) 275-3530 |

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626) 339-4404 |

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

License requirements:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.