Application Periods & Deadlines
Applications are only available during our application period. We accept applications
during the following times:
- April 1 - April 30 for admission to the Fall semester program
- October 1 - October 31 for admission to the Spring semester program
All materials must be received in the Division office (B-6 of the Foothill Campus)
by April 30 or October 31 at 3 pm. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday,
then the deadline is the following business day.
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.
- 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 we have determined to be linked 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 the 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.
- Nursing prerequisites (English, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Intermediate
Algebra, which starting 2019, will be replaced by Statistics 50) must be complete
with a minimum 2.5 GPA before you can enroll in RN courses. We strongly recommend
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. View Prerequisites.
- We highly recommend that basic science courses (microbiology, anatomy, and physiology)
are completed within the past five years with a grade of “C” or higher. The BRN requires
a C or better in all BRN coursework in order to be considered for licensure.
- 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.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.
Selection to the program is based on the following criteria:
- Previous Academic degrees (from a U.S. accredited college), or relevant health care
certificates held by an applicant (maximum 25 points)
- Grade point average in relevant course work (maximum 25 points)
- Completion of relevant course work (maximum 20 points); Nutrition 11 = 5 points, Psychology 24 = 5 points, Sociology 1 = 5 points, Speech
001 or 10 = 5points
- 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
are 3 points to each applicant. Documentation is no longer required.
- Advanced level coursework in languages other than English (maximum 2 points)
- Approved diagnostic assessment tool TEAS (maximum 25 points)
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 a complete application
packet which includes:
- A completed Registered Nursing program application. Download Application.
- 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
- Printout of current TEAS transcript with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62
- Documentation of all applicable criteria for awarding points.
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 in a sealed envelope to the Health Sciences Division
office by 3pm on the final day of the application period (April 1st for Fall admission or
October 31st for spring admission). If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday,
then the deadline is the following business day.
Pasadena City College Foothill Campus
Registered Nursing Program
Health Sciences Division B-6
3035 East Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
We will notify applicants to the Registered Nursing Program by email approximately
10 weeks after the close of the application period.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to:
- Complete a Health Clearance (forms and website will be provided)
- Complete a background check in order to be able to attend clinical experiences. Hospitals
require unencumbered background check documentation. 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 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:
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