Application Periods & Deadlines

Applications are only available during our application period. We only accept applications filled out and submitted online during the following times:

For Spring 2021 Admission - Applications will be accepted 11/1/2020 through 11/20/2020 at 3pm.

To All Applicants:

The SAR-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic has impacted classroom and clinical nursing education at Pasadena City College.  As a result, the PCC RN program elected not to admit a new cohort for the Associate Degree Nursing Program in Fall 2020.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has successfully resumed nursing education for our continuing students and we are looking forward to accepting a new cohort of nursing students in Spring 2021.  Pasadena City College's Nursing Program is committed to providing students with an empowering education that prepares them to enter the nursing field ready to embrace all the rewards and challenges that the profession offers.

In response to the pandemic and to ensure overall safety, nursing program instruction is currently being provided as a hybrid program with lectures conducted either synchronously or asynchronously using our learning management system (Canvas) and zoom.  Essential nursing skills continue to be taught face-to-face in our on-campus skills laboratories and at our clinical affiliate partner sites.  The RN program follows all Covid-19 safety recommendations from the CDC and the Pasadena Public Health Department.

Please return to this page for updates and announcements about the Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program at PCC.

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 an application each application period.
    • All applicants should request two (2) official transcripts from each college they have attended. One set of transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records. Keep one set of transcripts for your personal records. All applicants are required to upload a set of official transcripts from each college (including Advanced Placement transcript scores) attended with your online application.

      Follow these basic directions for scanning documents to your online application:

    • Scan the official transcripts using a device such as a printer or scanner

    • Follow the scanner manufacturer's directions to scan each document to your computer or USB drive

    • Select the PDF file format option before scanning. Only PDF files of your transcripts and other supporting documents will be accepted. Formats such as JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIF, screenshot, word documents, etc. will not be accepted for the application process.

    • Save your PDF document to a folder in a location on your computer or removable drive that you can easily access (Desktop or Documents folder is suggested)

      NOTE: Students who do not have access to a personal scanner may choose to use a commercial copying center to have their required documents scanned and made into PDFs that then may be uploaded as part of your application.

      Follow these basic directions for uploading documents to your online application:

    • When prompted on the application to upload your documents marked "Drop Files here or Select Files" click on this button

    • Find the PDF files you want to upload from your computer or flash drive

    • Select the file by double clicking on it (tap twice)
      Your file will be uploaded.

    • 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.

      Note:  Online labs completed during the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters will be accepted.  Pass/Fail grades for lab courses will be accepted for the Spring 2020 semester only.
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • Please get an influenza vaccine (flu shot) during the fall if you anticipate applying for the program. Access to the annual flu vaccine is 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 Criteria


Selection to the program is based on the following criteria:

  • GPA in English Reading and Composition, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, College Chemistry, Microbiology, (minimum GPA 2.5). 
  • Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tool TEAS score (minimum score 62) 
  • Completion of relevant course work with C or better: Introductory Sociology, Human Nutrition, Elementary Statistics,  Psychology (Introduction or Lifespan), Speech Fundamentals (Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication), and Critical Thinking (English 1C Intermediate Composition, Philosophy 25 Introduction to Critical Thinking, Philosophy 30 Logic,Philosophy 33 Introduction to Symbolic Logic, Physical Science 2 Scientific Method as Critical Thinking, Speech 6 Argumentation and Debate, Speech 12 Argumentation and Critical Thinking)
  • BA/BS/MA/MS/ Degree
  • Relevant healthcare certificates, veteran status
  • 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 https://gpacalculator.net/college-gpa-calculator/
  • All official transcripts must be submitted to the Pasadena City College Office of Admissions and Records. Please note you will be required to submit official transcripts of all US colleges and universities you have attended (except for Pasadena City College).  A scanned pdf version of the official transcripts must also be uploaded with your application. If you are submitting Advanced Placement coursework to meet any requirement an official A.P. transcript must be submitted. Verification of any advanced degrees you have earned must be posted to your official transcripts.
  • If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated.
  • Attach a copy of your TEAS 6 transcript saved as a PDF file with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62 or higher to your online program application. In addition, request ATI send your TEAS results to PCC.
  • Documentation of all applicable criteria for awarding points. All documents uploaded to your application must be saved in PDF format.

Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. 

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 www.rn.ca.gov

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 | 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