Application Periods & Deadlines

Applications are only available during our application period. We only accept applications filled out and submitted online during the following times:

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

All materials must be received by Feb. 28 or September 30 at 3 pm. 

To All Applicants:

Pasadena City College is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. This is a very fluid situation, and the college is adapting its response as events change.

All complete applications will be processed.  There will be a delay in notifying students of their status due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unusual situation we are all currently facing.  Watch this page for the latest updates.

We also encourage you to visit the following website for additional information

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. Valid California LVN license. Recent LVN graduates may provide transcripts with certificate posted.
  8.  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 an online application that includes:

  • A completed Career Ladder Program Application
    (January 22 - February 28 or September 1 - September 30).
  • One unofficial 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 unofficial 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 unofficial transcript from the LVN school you graduated from.
  • Copy of your current California LVN license verification printed from the BVNPT website
  • Copy of TEAS 6 transcript with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62 or higher. First page only showing your score.

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 official, sealed, unopened transcripts.

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).
  • BA/BS/MA/All coursework required for AS degree at PCC
  • 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.
  5. Submit official, sealed, unopened college transcripts to Admissions and Records.

    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 |