ADN Generic & Career Ladder Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the TEAS score must be submitted with your RN application. A minimum score of 62 overall is required for eligibility to the nursing program. Only computer exams will be accepted with the exception of CSULA’s paper/pencil TEAS exams. To register for the exam and/or purchase study guides please visit: www.atitesting.com. Students who wish to repeat the exam should first consult with www.atitesting.com to see if there is a ‘grace period’. Upon retaking the exam, the highest overall TEAS score will be used (repeating the exam will not count against you). Due to COVID 19we are accepting the TEAS if taken via proctorio. Students needing an extension due to COVID-19 may speak with the Nursing Counselor. TEAS 6 is the only version that will be accepted, older version of the exam, TEAS 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 will not be considered.
No, online science courses are not accepted.
However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic any prerequisite sciences courses taken online during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 will be accepted.
No, all prerequisite coursework must be taken for a letter grade.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the prerequisite courses taken for a ‘P grade in the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 will be accepted.
No, prerequisite courses can be taken at other regionally accredited colleges/universities in the U.S.
No, there is no recency requirements, courses do not expire, and there is no negative impact for admission consideration if they were taken a while ago. We will accept course taken over 10 years ago, however the RN program strongly recommends courses be taken within the last five years.
Yes, if a student repeats a prerequisite course, such as Anatomy, the highest grade will be used. There are no limitations on how many times a student can repeat these courses.
No, all prerequisite courses must be complete in order to apply (English 001A, Anatomy 025,Physiology 001, Microbiology 002, and Chemistry 002A).
Please consult with a Nursing Counselor for more information.
Advanced Placement (AP) of these courses will be calculated as follow: Score of 5 = A, Score of 4 = B, Score of 3 = C
No, to be awarded points courses must be complete with a grade posted on the transcript to be considered.
Yes, students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. will need to complete: Nutrition 011, Sociology 001, Psych 024, Speech 001 or 010, Statistics 050, Critical Thinking in order to graduate from the ADN program however, courses listed under the ‘Additional GE Requirement for the RN Program’ are waived.
No, however it is strongly recommended that you consider completing as many of the GE courses listed under ‘Nursing Specific GE’ and ‘Additional GE requirement for the RN program’ to be awarded additional points. Students admitted without having complete all GE’s will be required to complete the course by the end of the RN program.
Note: The courses listed under ‘Additional GE Requirements for the RN program’ are waived for students with a regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree from the U.S.
No, however students that have completed the LVN program at PCC will earn two additional points.
No, the multicriteria for selection will be used to select all eligible applicants.
No, as of Spring 2019 students with an associate degree will no longer earn 5 points.
Graduates from the PCC LVN program will receive 2 additional points towards the Career Ladder LVN to RN program option and 5 additional points for having an LVN license.
Yes, they have to take all the above courses in the U.S.
For the RN Program spring 2020 application cycle, we received 362 applications, 32 students were admitted. Among the admitted students, the points range from 80-90. For the Career Ladder Program, we received 43 applications, 18 students were admitted. Among the admitted students, the points range from 62-90.
Starting 2019, students will no longer receive points for volunteering.
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. PCC’s RN program does not have a waiting list.
Yes, the majority of clinical sites require students to complete a drug screen within 2 weeks of starting at the hospital.
Student must select one Health Science program to apply to per semester.
A Social Security Number is required to apply to the program because the majority of clinical facilities require an social security number to access patient electronic records.
Applicants will be informed by email about 10 weeks after the close of the application period.
A general report is required for students who have a high school degree from another country. A comprehensive report is required for students who have attended post-secondary education in another country.
This fast track program that PCC has partnership with Cal State LA is called Collaborative Track ADN to BSN Program. This program allows students who complete the PCC RN program to transfer to Cal State LA’s BSN program in a seamless manner. Approximately ten applicants are chosen for this program, and take summer classes at Cal State LA during their PCC nursing program, followed by a year of courses to graduate with a BSN. To learn more about this program, visit the Cal State LA Nursing website.
Two official transcript are required from each college you have attended. Two official AP scores are also required from college board. One set of official transcripts from each college attended must be submitted to the Office of Admission & Records. The second set must be opened by the applicant and uploaded to the application. The transcript should be scanned and save as a pdf file. Applicants who only submit official transcript to Admissions & Records but do not upload transcripts to the application will not be considered. Late submission will not be permitted.
If you have a health care license (BLS/CPR cards are not a license) you must provide a copy of your license scanned and saved as a PDF file with your application. Licensure must be current - expired licenses will not be considered.
High school transcripts are not required.
Nursing students must have the ability to communicate safely, accurately, and effectively in both written and spoken English. To enhance success, these students are encouraged to enroll in Speech 010, Medical Assisting 115, and additional speaking and listening English courses. LVN applicants are required to show proof of eligibility for English 001A.
The average annual salaries for RNs are $60,000 - $90,000 and vary greatly depending on geographic location and health care setting. Some hospitals like Kaiser pay their BSN higher than ADNs while other hospitals pay them the same if they do the same work. Many hospitals are no longer hiring ADN nurses. Students should plan on continuing their nursing education to the BSN, Master’s level, and Doctorate of Nursing Science.
The clinical facilities used in the nursing program require every student to have an unencumbered background check in order to participate in the clinical portions of the nursing program. If students are not sure whether their conviction (depends on types and how long ago) will prevent them from attending the clinical facilities, they can visit the Board of Registered Nursing website for information on Prior Convictions and Disciplinary Actions at
The RN-BSN Collaborative programs are intended for students who would like to get started on a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing while concurrently enrolled in the Associate degree Nursing program at PCC. Students interested in the collaborative programs must first be admitted into the RN program at PCC, and schedule an appointment with the Nursing Counselor to determine whether they have fulfilled the additional course and requirements. Program courses for the BSN Bridge are held in the summer sessions. Financial aid is not available for the bridge programs. Students can received financial aid in the second year of the BSN program. The cost of each program varies and can range from $350-$566 per unit depending on the University.
Students admitted into the Generic or Career Ladder RN options must earn an Associate degree. Eligible LVN students admitted into the 30 unit option are not required to earn a degree for licensing.