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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Valid California LVN license. Recent LVN graduates may provide transcripts with certificate
- Submission of an application packet does not guarantee admission.
How to Apply
1 Complete Your Application Packet
To apply to the Career Ladder Nursing program you need to submit an online application
- 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
- One unofficial transcript from the LVN school you graduated from.
- Copy of your current California LVN license verification printed from the LVNPT 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 to the program is based on the following criteria:
- GPA for Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, English, (minimum GPA 2.5 to
- 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
- 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
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 the application for admission to Pasadena City College. Apply Now.
- Complete a Health Clearance (forms will be provided) and enter medical and immunization
data into CastleBranch.com
- 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
- The RN program requires a clear drug screen each semester you are providing patient
- 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 www.rn.ca.gov.
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
LVN to RN Gainful Employment
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.
For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment
earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click
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.