Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Admissions: Step 5

Complete prerequisite classes and earn points toward admission

The following prerequisite classes are available at Portland Community College. If you believe you have met the core requirements of any of these classes at other colleges, please contact healthca@pcc.edu to have your transcripts "unofficially" evaluated to determine completion of requirements. Your classwork may need to be evaluated by the Department Chair, as well, before you will be advised on whether your previous coursework meets PCC class requirements.

  1. WR 121 - English Composition
  2. MP 111 - Medical Terminology
  3. MTH 65 – Introductory Algebra, 2nd term
  4. BI 121 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, 1st term (will also accept BI 231-232)
  5. BI 122 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd term (will also accept BI 233)

ALSO RECOMMENDED – CAS 133- Basic Computer Skills and/or CAS 121 – Computerized Keyboarding – Applicants should type 35 wpm to begin the program.

All prerequisite classes must be passed with a grade 'C' or above. Prerequisite may be in progress when you submit your application but must be complete by the end of the summer term. If you are taking classes at a college other than Portland Community College you will need to provide an official copy of your grade within a week of it being posted to receive points. 

Receiving admission points

  • Students will receive admission points for grades in prerequisite classes, two short answer essays, two recommendation forms and experience working and volunteering in five different areas. Students who have applied before in the past two years but not been accepted will receive two additional points and students with a prior degree, AAS or higher, will receive an additional point.
  • Admissions decisions will be made before the end of summer term. If any prerequisite classes are in progress during summer you will be given points based on a C grade and, if you are admitted but do not pass that class, you may have your admission rescinded.
  • For detailed information on the point system used for admission see the advising guide.
  • Students will be ranked in order of points and time of application, so it is to your advantage to get your application in early in case your points put you at the cutoff for admission. 
  • See the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Application for more information on the essays, the recommendation forms and the format used for documenting experience. (see step 6).