Do I have to take the TEAS for the LVN program?

Applicants for the LVN program are not required take the TEAS exam.  The TEAS exam will not be used for any admission criteria for the LVN program.

Note:  The TEAS exam is required for the Registered Nursing and Career Ladder (LVN to RN) applicants.

Eligibility FAQs

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite courses is required. 3.0 GPA is preferred.

Yes, students must have an official high school transcript or GED or Foreign Equivalency report stating that the high school is equivalent to graduation from a U.S. High School at the time they apply. They do not need an associate degree.

Yes, a social security number is required to start the LVN program.


No, prerequisite courses can be taken at other regionally accredited colleges/universities in the U.S.

‘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.

No, online science courses are not accepted.

However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic any prerequisite sciences courses taken online during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 will be accepted.

No, all prerequisite coursework must be taken for a letter grade.

However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic the prerequisite courses taken for a ‘P grade in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, will be accepted.

Selection and Application

Typically, 20 students are admitted per year.

Applicants will be informed by email approximately 12 weeks after the close of the application period.

The students should have a comprehensive evaluation done by one of the three PCC approved evaluation agencies. The students might be able to receive credits for courses such as humanities, PE, and math. The students will get units for these courses.


Nursing students must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English. To enhance success, these students are encouraged to enroll in Speech 010, Medical Assisting 115, and additional speaking and listening English courses. LVN applicants are required to show proof of eligibility for English 001A.

LVN salaries average approximately $40,000-45,000 per year in the state of California. Some employers may offer a slight increase in salary for LVN’s with an associate degree. Employers do not pay usually pay any more for a bachelor’s degree in a different major.

Students are not required to retake the prerequisite courses as long as they have passed them. However, students are encouraged to take these courses again if they do not remember the contents taught in these courses.


Yes, if the student has already taken a higher level of the course required as a prerequisite. The student should fill out a course substitution form and submit to the LVN director for approval, prior to applying to the program.

The Career Ladder program accepts 20 applicants per semester. PCC LVN graduates applying for placement in the LVN to RN Career Ladder program are awarded 2 points as part of the admission process.

For information on costs for the LVN program please visit the LVN Costs webpage.