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.

    1. You must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English. 
    2. 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, 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.
    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. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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. 
    7. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.

Selection Criteria

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 applicants)
    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 .

  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 transcripts evaluated.
  • Printout of current TEAS transcript with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62 or higher
  • 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

Program Acceptance

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:

  1. Complete a Health Clearance (forms and website will be provided)
  2. 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

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 |