Application Periods & Deadlines

March 1 - April 1. We only accept applications filled out and submitted online during the application period.  All materials must be received by April 1.

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


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. We do not keep transcripts or applications on file.  We shred prior applications and transcripts after the completion of the selection process.  Therefore, if you are reapplying, 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 an online application packet that includes:

  • A completed Vocational Nursing program application
    Applications are only available online during the filing periods (Mar 1 - Apr 1).
  • One unofficial U.S. high school transcript or GED certificate or Equivalency Report from one of the college’s acceptable companies
  • 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 transcripts evaluated.
  • Copy of a valid California Nurse Assistant Certificate.  You may print out your C.N.A. verification from the California Department of Public Health Licensing and Certification Verification website.
    Expired certificates are not accepted

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 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 BVNPT 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 |