Application Periods & Deadlines

We accept applications every year from March 1 - April 1. Your application and all required materials must be received in the Division office (B-6 of the CEC) by 3 pm on the final day of the application period. 

If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

General Admission Information

Before applying to the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program, please review the following admission requirements and recommendations.

  1. You must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English. If English is your second language, you are encouraged to enroll in Speech 3, 10, 121 and/or 125 and Medical Assisting 115 to enhance your success.
  2. If you are selected for acceptance to the LVN program you must take the TEAS exam and achieve an adjusted individual score of 58 or higher. If you score less than 58, you will be given a remediation plan to complete within one year. Enrollment in the LVN program is delayed until remediation is complete and you score 58 or higher on the retake of the LVN TEAS exam within one year.
  3. You must resubmit transcripts and applications each application period.
  4. Prerequisites must be complete before you can enroll in LVN courses. However, “In Progress” work for the prerequisites may be considered during the selection process. Final selection is pending evidence of satisfactory completion of any “in progress” prerequisites. View Prerequisites
  5. We highly recommend that basic science courses (nutrition, physiology, anatomy, and psychology) are completed within the past five years with a grade of “C” or higher.
  6. All courses offered in the Vocational Nursing Program may be challenged for credit. Contact the department for information.
  7. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.
  8. If you are requesting a transfer from another nursing program or advanced placement, you will need to obtain a petition from Student and Learning Services in L-112.

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 Vocational Nursing Program. Apply now to PCC .

  Complete Your Application Packet

To apply to the Vocational Nursing Program you need to submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • A completed Vocational Nursing program application
    Applications are only available online during the filing periods (Mar 1 - Apr 1).
  • One official 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 official 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.
  • Copy of a valid California Nurse Assistant Certificate
    Expired certificates are not accepted

Be aware that unofficial transcripts and photocopies of diplomas are not acceptable, and 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 transcripts.

3   Submit Your Application Packet

You must submit your application to the Health Sciences Division office by 3pm on the final day of the application period (April 1st). If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline is the following business day.

Pasadena City College
Licensed Vocational Nursing Program
Health Sciences Division B-6
3035 East Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107

Selection Criteria

We use the following criteria to determine acceptance amongst eligible applicants:

  1. New applicants to the VN program who have completed all requirements and prerequisites with a grade of “C” or higher have priority admission.
  2. Students who withdrew from the VN program a year ago and are eligible for readmission.
  3. Transfer students.

If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of positions available, selections will be prioritized according to prerequisite grade point average. Additional qualified applicants will be placed on an alternate list.

Program Acceptance

We will notify applicants to the Vocational Nursing Program by email approximately 12 weeks after the close of the application period.

Upon acceptance to the  program, you will be required to:

  1. Complete a Health Clearance (forms will be provided)
  2. Complete a criminal background check in order to be able to attend clinical experiences. Details regarding these clearances will be provided with the acceptance packet upon selection.

    If you have questions or concerns about the 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 BVN 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:

International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 |

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 |

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 |

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.

License requirements:

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:

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.