Application Periods & Deadlines
Applications are only available during our application period. We only accept applications filled out and submitted online during the following times:
- April 1 - April 15: Admission to the program will begin with the first courses in the Fall semester.
- August 1 - August 15: Admission to the program will begin with the first courses in the Spring semester.
All materials must be received by the deadline date. Applications, transcripts and other supporting documents are not accepted late.
Registered Nursing Application
To All Applicants:
The SAR-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic has impacted classroom and clinical nursing education at Pasadena City College. 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. This is a basic test of reading, vocabulary, math and science that is highly correlated with success in a nursing program. A minimum score of 62 is required to apply to the nursing program. Study material to prepare for or help raise your TEAS score can be found in ATI's Smart Prep for TEAS at www.atitesting.com. Register and pay the test fee through ATI and take proctored exam in person or online. Official transcripts must be sent to PCC Nursing for consideration in admission. Students who apply that have met all other admissions criteria and do not meet the established TEAS eligibility criteria will be given the option to participate in a TEAS remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to retake the TEAS exam and reapply for entry into the nursing program. If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is encouraged not to retake the TEAS exam or re-apply to the program.
- If you have previously purchased your TEAS transcript to be sent to Pasadena City College ADN program electronically, you will not be able to resend your TEAS transcript if you are reapplying to the program. Once the TEAS transcript has been sent electronically, it will be saved in our system. You must upload a PDF file of your TEAS transcript to your application each time you apply.
- Currently, ATI TEAS 6 and TEAS 7 scores will be accepted.
- NOTE: Beginning with the August 1 through August 15, 2023 application, only the TEAS 7 score will be accepted.
- 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. Keep one set of transcripts for your personal records. This is the set you will open, scan and save as a PDF file to upload to the application. All applicants are required to upload a set of official transcripts from each college (including Advanced Placement transcript scores) attended with your online application. One set of transcripts must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records by the end of the application cycle.
For the online Registered Nursing Application:
Follow these basic directions for scanning documents to your online application:
- Open your official transcripts that you will be uploading to the nursing 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 lab courses will be accepted. Pass/Fail grades for lab courses will be accepted for the Spring 2020 semester only.
- Questions regarding course equivalency for coursework taken at colleges other than Pasadena City College should be directed to the Counseling Office. The Counseling Office can be reached at https://pasadena.edu/academics/support/counseling/index.php
- We prefer 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.
- Covid 19 vaccination and current influenza vaccine (flu shot) are required for admission to the program. Access to the annual flu vaccine is limited to the fall of each year. All clinical sites require yearly proof of vaccination. As a requirement to access the clinical affiliate sites which are a required part of the curriculum, all students must show proof of completion of an approved Covid-19 vaccination series. Additionally, to register for in-person classes beginning with Fall 2022, all students must submit proof of a Covid-19 vaccination. Although students might be eligible to obtain an exception to participate in activities on campus, our clinical affiliate sites do not afford trainees this option for the safety and protection of their patients and staff.
- Late submission of application, transcripts, or other supporting documents is not accepted.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.
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). Students who apply that have met all other admissions criteria and do not meet the established TEAS eligibility criteria will be given the option to participate in a TEAS remediation plan. After successful completion, students are eligible to retake the TEAS exam and reapply for entry into the nursing program. If the remediation plan is not complete by the deadline, the student is encouraged not to retake the TEAS exam or re-apply to the program.
- Completion of relevant course work with C or better: Introductory Sociology, Human Nutrition, Statistics, Psychology (Introduction or Lifespan), Speech Fundamentals (Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication), 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
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
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. Please note: Acceptance to the college is not an acceptance into the nursing program. College admission is necessary and allows you to obtain a PCC ID number.
2 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/
- You will be required to submit official transcripts of all US colleges and universities you have attended (including Pasadena City College) with your application. A scanned pdf version of the official transcripts must 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 transcript saved as a PDF file with an Adjusted Individual Total score of 62 or higher to your online program application. Label this PDF file "TEAS Transcript". In addition, request ATI send your TEAS results to PCC. It will be sent electronically from ATI 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.
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:
- 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. You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. As a requirement to access the clinical affiliate sites which are a required part of the curriculum, all students must show proof of completion of an approved Covid-19 vaccination series. Additionally, to register for in-person classes beginning Fall 2022, all students must submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Although students might be able eligible to obtain an exemption to participate in activities on campus, our clinical affiliate sites do not afford trainees this option for the safety and protection of their patients and staff.
- 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.
- All official transcripts must be submitted to the Pasadena City College Office of Admissions and Records upon acceptance to the program. Do not send Admissions and Records your PCC transcripts as they are already on file. Electronic transcripts are accepted when sent from school to school.
Provide Your Transcripts to PCC Admissions & Records Office.
It is your responsibility to request the transcripts from the schools you have attended and ask that they be sent directly to the PCC Admissions & Records office. All transcripts from other schools must be official.
You can have transcripts sent in one of the following ways:
1. By Mail
Ask your school to mail an official transcript to us at:
Pasadena City College
Admissions & Records Office L-113
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91106-2003
2. Electronically (PDF Only)
An official transcript can be emailed in the following ways:
1. Emailed from the third party vendor, Credentials Inc., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse.
2. Emailed from a school or 3rd party vendor not listed above to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Note that an emailed transcript from you, the student, will not be accepted by the Admissions & Records Office.
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