Nursing Program: Admission

Sylvania Health Admissions Office, HT 205 | 971-722-4795


Nursing Student

Thank you for your interest in the Portland Community College (PCC) Nursing Program!

PCC is a member of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE). This coalition of statewide nursing educators and programs consists of OHSU, PCC, Umpqua Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Rogue Community College, Lane Community College, Clackamas Community College, Mount Hood Community College, and Blue Mountain Community College. OCNE schools have the same prerequisites and comparable application processes for students.

Applications for the 2015-2017 Nursing Program are now available. PCC will begin accepting nursing program applications for the 2015-2017 nursing program October 1, 2014.

Admission Application Process

The PCC Nursing Program is a competitive, closed entry program. Nursing program admission applications are evaluated on a three tier point system:

Tier I Admission Process: Application evaluation

Applicants are evaluated using a 60 point system. Points can be earned in the following areas:

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Completion of A&P sequence by the end of fall term prior to the application deadline
  • Completion of all 45 prerequisite credits by the end of fall term prior to the application deadline
  • Completion of a prior degree
  • Discretionary points (prerequisites completed at PCC and Healthcare Experience)

Please be aware that completion of nursing prerequisite requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.

Tier II Admission Process: Proctored essay

Based on application point totals from Tier I, the top 160-200 applicants will be invited to participate in an on campus proctored essay worth up to 40 points. Essays are held at the Sylvania Campus. The 60 application points from Tier I will be added to the 40 essay points from Tier II to determine who will be offered a seat in the program. The 80 applicants with the highest combined point totals from Tier I & II will be offered a seat in the nursing program. Applicants will be notified of invitation to the proctored essay via their PCC email address. This is the only method of notification. Applicants who do not check their PCC email address should forward their PCC email address to one they check more frequently. 2015-2017 proctored essay dates will be posted here in February of 2015.

Tier III Admission Process: Post-selection requirements

The top 80 students offered a seat in the PCC Nursing Program must successfully complete additional the following requirements prior to beginning the nursing program in the fall:

  • Pass a criminal background check*
  • Pass a 10 panel drug screen*
  • Submit proof of current immunizations and CPR certification*
  • Completion of outstanding prerequisites by the end of spring term with a C or higher (if in-progress at the time of application)

*Applicants should NOT pursue meeting these requirements prior to being offered formal placement into the PCC Nursing Program. Students offered placement will receive specific directions from PCC’s Nursing department on how to fulfill these requirements. Failure to successfully complete any of the above requirements will result in a rescinded admissions offer. Both the criminal background check and drug screen are administered by the PCC Nursing Department. Applicants with questions or concerns about the criminal background check and drug screen may contact the Oregon Board of Nursing at 971-673-0685 or the Health Admissions Office at 971-722-4466.

Minimum Application Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply to PCC’s Nursing program if they meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • At least 30 of the 45 credits of prerequisites must be completed by the end of fall term 2014 (December 14th, 2014)
    • BI 231** must be completed by the end of fall term 2014
    • Math 95** or higher OR placement test** demonstrating placement into Math 111 or higher must be completed by the end of fall term 2014
  • The remaining prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring term 2015

**Course/requirement has 7-year expiration. Course/requirement must be dated 2008 and more recent

Grade requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of prerequisite courses must be at least a 3.0
  • Individual prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher


2015-2017 PCC Nursing Applications are now available. PCC will begin accepting nursing program applications for the 2015-2017 nursing program October 1, 2014. Applications submitted prior to the October 1, 2014 date will be returned to sender. All applications must be received by February 16, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Application deadline:

February 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

All application materials must be submitted to the Health Admissions Office, SY HT 205, by this deadline. Materials postmarked but not received by the deadline will NOT be accepted. Applications should be mailed at least one week prior to the application deadline or hand delivered directly to the Health Admissions Office. Application materials may not be faxed, e-mailed, or scanned.

Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Portland Community College Health Admissions Office – SY, HT 205
P.O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990

Timeline for fall 2015 admission

  • February 16, 2015 by 5:00pm: APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE. This is NOT a postmark deadline. Applications must be received in SY HT 205 by this deadline. No exceptions.
  • Late-March, 2015 (Tier I admission): 150-200 applicants are notified by PCC email of proctored essay selection.
  • Mid-April, 2015 (Tier II admission): Proctored essay held at the Sylvania Campus. Invited applicants must attend to be considered for the program.
  • Mid May, 2015 (Tier III admission): Top 80 applicants offered placement in the Nursing Program. Notification letters will be e-mailed to your MyPCC email address. All admission decisions are final.
  • Summer 2015 (Tier III admission): Students offered a place in the program must meet post-selection requirements as well as attend two mandatory orientations before being eligible to begin the program in the fall.
  • Fall 2015: Program begins.

Computer Literacy Requirement

Students in PCC’s nursing program must be computer literate, meaning proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, Internet and email use, and basic understanding of computer terminology. PCC does not require proof or documentation of computer literacy. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are prepared to use computers prior to beginning the nursing program.

Before submitting your application, please remember to:

  • Become a credit seeking admitted student to PCC (unless already admitted)
  • Sign and date the 2015-2017 Nursing application applicant data form and checklist
  • Submit payment for the $40 application fee (check or money order)
  • Include official transcripts from ALL colleges other than PCC
  • Include ALL required work experience documentation

Applicants are responsible for completing and submitting all required forms and materials. Incomplete applications will be rendered ineligible.