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.

    1. You must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English during rapidly changing clinical environments. 
    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 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, 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.
    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. 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.
    5. 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 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. 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.
    8. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.

Selection Criteria

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 applicants)
    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 .

  Complete Your Application Packet

To apply to the Registered Nursing Program, you need to submit an online application that includes:

  • A completed Registered Nursing program application. 
  • If you need help calculating your prerequisite gpa, you may use
  • 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 transcripts evaluated. 
  • 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.

Program Acceptance

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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. 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 education requirements:

International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 |

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 |

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 |