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 2022 intersession.

July 1 - July 15 Admission to the program will begin with the first course, N210 Nursing Role Transition, in the Fall 2022 semester.

All materials must be received by the deadline date. Applications, transcripts and other supporting documents are not accepted late.

Career Ladder (LVN to RN) Application

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. 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 upon acceptance to the program.

Follow these basic directions for scanning documents to your online application:

    • Open and scan the official transcripts using a device such as a printer or scanner
    • Follow the scanner manufacturer's directions to scan each document to your computer or USB drive
    • Select the PDF file format option before scanning. Only PDF files of your transcripts and other supporting documents will be accepted. Formats such as JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIF, screenshot, word documents, etc. will not be accepted for the application process.
    • Save your PDF document to a folder in a location on your computer or removable drive that you can easily access (Desktop or Documents folder is suggested)

      NOTE: Students who do not have access to a personal scanner may choose to use a commercial copying center to have their required documents scanned and made into PDFs that then may be uploaded as part of your application.

      Follow these basic directions for uploading documents to your online application:
    • When prompted on  the application to upload your documents marked "Drop Files here or Select Files" click on this button
    • Find the PDF files you want to upload from your computer or flash drive.
    • Select the file by double clicking on it (tap twice)
    • Your file will be uploaded.

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 (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 http://atitesting.com/teas/smart-prep  Official results 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 eligibile 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.

If you are taking the ATI TEAS in 2021, then you will most likely take the ATI TEAS 6 which is the current version of the TEAS exam.  The TEAS exam is scheduled to change between October 2021 and June 2022.  We will accept the ATI TEAS 6 score through the end of 2022.  When the new version of the TEAS is realized, we will have a grace period during the transition. Grace period is TBA pending the release of the new TEAS exam.

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


1  Apply for admission to PCC

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.

2   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.

For submitting transcripts with your online Career Ladder application:

  • A scanned pdf version of all official college transcripts must be uploaded with your application.  This also includes your LVN Nursing School transcripts.  If you are submitting Advanced Placement coursework to meet any requirement an official A.P. transcript must be submitted.  Verification of any advanced degrees you have earned must be posted to your official transcripts.
  • If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated. A scanned pdf version of the official evaluation report must be uploaded with your application.
  •  One official transcript from the LVN school you graduated from must be scanned, saved as a PDF file and uploaded to your application.
  • Copy of your current California LVN license verification printed from the BVNPT website https://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/consumers/license_verification 
  • Attach a copy of your TEAS 6 transcript with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62 or higher to your online program application. In addition, request ATI send your TEAS results to PCC unless you have previously sent your TEAS transcript electronically from ATI to Pasadena City College ADN program.
  • Documentation of all applicable criteria for awarding points.

Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. Late applications, transcripts and/or supporting documents will not be accepted after the deadline date.

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).  Students not meeting TEAS eligibility criteria are offered a remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligibile 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).
  • Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science or Masters Degree
  • 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. Submit official college transcripts to the PCC Admissions and Records Office. Note: Your PCC transcripts are already on file and do not need to be sent to Admissions and Records.
  2. Submit your official LVN school transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Clearinghouse
Emailed from a school or 3rd party vendor not listed above to transcripts@pasadena.edu
Note that an emailed transcript from you, the student, will not be accepted

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 | 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