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
  • October 1 - October 22 for winter admission

All materials must be received by Feb. 28 or October 22 at 3 pm. 

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.

  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. All applicants should request two (2) official transcripts from each college they have attended. One set of transcripts myst be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records. 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) attended with your online application.

    Follow these basic directions for scanning documents to your online application:
    • 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.
  4. EngIish 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 highly recommended 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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 an online application that includes:

  • A completed Career Ladder Program Application.
  • All official transcripts must be submitted to the Pasadena City College Office of Admissions and Records.  Please note you will be required to submit official transcripts of all U.S. colleges and universities you have attended (except for Pasadena City College).  A scanned pdf version of the official transcripts must also be uploaded with your application.  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.
  • One official transcript from the LVN school you graduated from must also be submitted to the Pasadena City College Office of Admissions and Records. A scanned pdf version of the official transcript must also be uploaded with 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. 
  • Documentation of all applicable criteria for awarding points.

Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. 


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).
  • 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. 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 CastleBranch.com
  3. 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.
  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 www.rn.ca.gov.

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