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 1 - January 24 Admission to the program will begin with the first course, N210 Nursing Role Transition, in the Summer intersession.
July 5 - July 20 Admission to the program will begin with the first course, N210 Nursing Role Transition, in the Fall semester.
All materials must be received by the deadline date. Applications, transcripts and
other supporting documents are not accepted late.
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 https://pasadena.edu/about/president/coronavirus-updates/index.php
General Admission Information
Before applying to the Career Ladder Nursing program, please review the following admission requirements and recommendations.
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.
Transcripts and applications are not kept on file. Prior applications and transcripts are shredded after the completion of the selection process.
All applicants should request two (2) official transcripts from each college they
have attended. Keep one set of transcripts for your personal records. This is the
set you will open, scan and save as a PDF file to upload to the application. All
applicants are required to upload a set of official transcripts from each college
(including your LVN school and Pasadena City College) attended with your online application.
One set of transcripts must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records
by the end of the application cycle.
Follow these basic directions for scanning documents to your online application:
English 001A Reading and Composition, Anatomy 025 Human Anatomy, Physiology 001 Human Physiology, Chemistry (college chemistry with a lab), and Microbiology 002 Microbiology must be completed with a minimum 2.5 GPA before you can apply to the Career Ladder program. It is preferred that the 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.
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.
An Assessment/Readiness test 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 http://atitesting.com/teas/smart-prep Register and pay the test fee through ATI and take the proctored exam in person or online. Official transcripts must be sent to PCC Nursing for consideration in admission. Students not meeting TEAS eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to retake the TEAS exam and reapply for entry into the nursing program. If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is encouraged not to retake the TEAS exam or re-apply to the program.
If you have previously purchased your TEAS transcript to be sent to Pasadena City College ADN Program electronically, you will not be able to resend your TEAS transcript if you are reapplying to the program. Once the TEAS transcripts have been sent electronically, it will be saved in our system. You must upload a PDF file of your TEAS transcript to your application each time you apply.
Currently, ATI TEAS 6 and TEAS 7 scores will be accepted.
NOTE: Beginning with the July 5 - July 20, 2023 application, only the TEAS 7 score will be accepted.
A 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.
Valid California LVN license. Print out a copy of your license verification from https://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/consumers/license_verification. Recent LVN graduates may provide transcripts with certificate posted.
Questions regarding course equivalency for coursework taken at colleges other than Pasadena City College should be directed to the Counseling Office. The Counseling Office can be reached at https://pasadena.edu/academics/support/counseling/index.php
Submission of an application packet does not guarantee admission.
Late submission of application, transcripts, or other supporting documents is not accepted.
How to Apply
If you are not currently enrolled at PCC, you need to apply for admission to the college, in addition to applying to the Career Ladder Nursing Program. Apply now to PCC.
Please Note: Acceptance to the college is not an acceptance into the nursing program. College admission is necessary and allows you to obtain a PCC ID number.
To apply to the Career Ladder Nursing program you need to submit an online application that includes:
For submitting transcripts with your online Career Ladder application:
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). Students not meeting TEAS eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to retake the TEAS exam and reapply for entry into the nursing program. If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is encouraged not to retake the TEAS exam or re-apply to the program.
- 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
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:
- Complete a Health Clearance (forms will be provided) and enter medical and immunization data into CastleBranch.com.
- Covid 19 and Influenza vaccinations are required for clinical rotations.
- Complete an annual background check through CastleBranch.com 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.
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 www.rn.ca.gov.
How to Provide Your Transcripts to PCC's Admissions and Records Office:
It is your responsibility to request the transcripts from the schools you have attended and ask that they be sent directly to the PCC Admissions & Records office. All transcripts from other schools must be official.
You can have transcripts sent in one of the following ways:
1. By Mail
Ask your school to mail an official transcript to us at:
Pasadena City College
Admissions & Records Office L-113
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91106-2003
2. Electronically (PDF Only)
An official transcript can be emailed in the following ways:
Emailed from the third party vendor, Credentials Inc., Parchment, National Student
Emailed from a school or 3rd party vendor not listed above to email@example.com
Note that an emailed transcript from you, the student, will not be accepted
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 | www.ierf.org
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310) 275-3530 | www.aceil.com
American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626) 339-4404 | www.aerc-eval.com