Application Periods & Deadlines
Applications are only available during our application period. We only accept applications
filled out and submitted online during the following times:
To All Applicants:
Pasadena City College is responding to the corona virus outbreak. This is a very fluid
situation, and the college is adapting its response as events change.
There will be a delay in the opening of the Registered Nursing application period
due to the corona virus outbreak. Please check back periodically for updated information.
We applaud your eagerness to enter the health care field! Thank you for choosing Pasadena
City College's RN program to meet your educational goals.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this unusual situation we are all
currently facing. Watch this page for the latest updates.
General Admission Information
Before applying to the Registered Nursing Program, please review the following admission
requirements and recommendations.
- You must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both
written and spoken English during rapidly changing clinical environments.
- An assessment/readiness test (TEAS) is required for all applicants including those
who have previous degrees. This is a basic test of reading, vocabulary, math and science
that is correlated with success in a nursing program. A minimum score of 62 for TEAS
6 is required to apply to the nursing program. You can purchase study materials from
the ATI website, www.atitesting.com. Register and pay the test fee through ATI and take proctored exam at an ATI approved site. You must request to have the official
results sent to PCC Nursing for consideration in admission.
- 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.
- English, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, and Microbiology must be completed with a
minimum 2.5 GPA before you can apply to the RN program. We strongly recommend that
you complete all 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. View Prerequisites.
- We highly recommend that basic science courses: chemistry, microbiology, anatomy,
and physiology are completed within the past five years with a grade of “C” or higher.
Science courses must be 4 semester units or more with a documented lab component.
The BRN requires a C or better in all BRN coursework in order to be considered for
- A Social Security number is required to be admitted to the program because most clinical
sites require students' social security numbers to meet federal requirements for use
of Electronic Medical Records.
- You need an influenza vaccine (flu shot) at the time of acceptance into the nursing
program. Access to the annual flu vaccine can be limited to the fall of each year.
All clinical sites require yearly proof of vaccination. If you miss availability,
you may need to defer entry into the program.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.
Selection to the program is based on the following criteria:
- GPA in English, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, (minimum GPA 2.5).
- Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tool TEAS score (minimum score 62)
- Completion of relevant course work with C or better: Introduction to Sociology, Human
Nutrition, Elementary Statistics, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication, and Critical Thinking (Eng 1c, Ph 25, 30,33, Ph Sc
2, Sp 6,12)
- BA/BS/MA/MS/All coursework required for AS degree at PCC.
- Relevant healthcare certificates, veteran status, previous bachelor's degree or above
- Life experiences or special circumstances of an applicant (3 points awarded to all
Applicant may have one or more special circumstances, but the maximum points awarded
to each applicant. Documentation not required.
- Proficiency reading, writing and speaking or college level coursework in languages
other than English
See the full Selection Criteria Here
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 Registered Nursing Program. Apply now to PCC .
2 Complete Your Application Packet
To apply to the Registered Nursing Program, you need to submit an online application
- A completed Registered Nursing program application.
- If you need help calculating your prerequisite gpa, you may use https://gpacalculator.net/college-gpa-calculator/
- 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
- Copy of your current TEAS transcript with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62
or higher. First page only showing your score.
- Documentation of all applicable criteria for awarding points.
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.
We will notify applicants to the Registered Nursing Program by email approximately
8 weeks after the close of the application period.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to:
- Complete a Health Clearance, all required immunizations and titers. A clear drug screen
is required each semester of the nursing program. Forms will be provided. We strongly
suggest using the PCC Student Health Center as they are familiar with all health requirements.
- Complete an annual background check to attend clinical experiences. Hospitals require
unencumbered background check documentation.
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 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 the breakdown of upper and lower division courses is required. Credit
from foreign schools can only be recognized for math, humanities, and the physical
International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 | www.ierf.org
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 | http://www.acei-global.org/application-for-evaluation
American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 | www.aerc-eval.com