Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Admission Application Process

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 Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Community College, Umpqua Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Rogue Community College, Lane Community College, Clackamas Community College, Mount Hood Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Clatsop Community College, Treasure Valley Community College and Blue Mountain Community College. OCNE schools have the same prerequisites and comparable application processes for students.

The application cycle for the nursing program starting fall term of 2017 is now closed. The next application cycle for the nursing program starting in the fall of 2018 will open November 1, 2017 and will close on February 15, 2018 at 9:00pm PST.

PCC uses an independent organization for online application processing called the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NCAS). Applicants will need to review application instructions as well complete and submit all materials for the NCAS application by the February 15, 2018 deadline.

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

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Minimum Application Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply to the 2018–2020 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 2017 (December 13th, 2017)
    • BI 231** must be completed by the end of fall term 2017
    • Math 95** or MTH 105, 111 or higher OR placement test** demonstrating placement into Math 111 or higher must be completed by the end of fall term 2017
  • The remaining prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring term 2018

**Course/requirement has 7-year expiration. Course/requirement must be dated 2010 and more recent.

Grade Requirements
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA of prerequisite courses
  • Individual prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
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.

Tier I Admission Process: Application evaluation

*Applicants are evaluated using a 70 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, Veteran status and Healthcare Experience)

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

*Please be aware that the selection criteria is under review for the 2018-2020 application year.

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 30 points. Essays are held at the Sylvania Campus. The 70 application points from Tier I will be added to the 30 essay points from Tier II to determine who will be offered a seat in the program. Up to 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 in March of the date and time they are to attend the timed, 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.

Please plan ahead when you get your assigned day and time so that you will have amble time to arrive on campus and park. We will not be able to offer alternate days and/or times during that week. You must attend the essay on your assigned day, at the assigned time. Applicants will be provided 2–3 essay questions at the time of their essay appointment. The entire essay process takes about 1.5 hours. This time will include checking in, instructions and printing of the essay. The time provided for applicants to type to the essay questions will be 50 minutes.

The 2017 proctored essay dates will be scheduled for the middle of April.

PCC and OCNE reserve the right to change or update the areas to be assessed as necessary. Consortium members have agreed that the applicant's score on the proctored essay will not be released to the applicant.

Tier III Admission Process: Post-selection requirements

Up to 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 nursing program office assistant at 971-722-4466. Applicants may also view a list of potentially disqualifying crimes and conditions.

Admission Timeline for Fall 2017 Applicants
  • Late March/Early April, 2017 (Tier I admission): 160-200 applicants are notified by PCC email of proctored essay selection.
  • The week of April 10, 2017 (Tier II admission): Proctored essay held at the Sylvania Campus. Invited applicants must attend to be considered for the program.
  • Late May, 2017 (Tier III admission): Up to 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 2017 (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.
    • The first orientation will be held the third week of June, 2017.
    • The second Orientation will be held the week of September 11-15, 2017.
    • September 25, 2017: Program begins.

Please review page three of the Advising Guide to view the point distribution for the 2018 application cycle. Please remember, once an application cycle closes on February 15, the point distribution will again be under review and subject to change for 2018. Please consistently check the website, advising guide or attend an information session to stay informed of any program or requirement changes.