Portland Community College Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Nursing

Sylvania Health Admissions Office, CC 208 | 971-722-4795

Admission

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 is now closed. The next application cycle for the nursing program starting in the fall of 2021 will open on November 1, 2020.

PCC uses an independent organization for online application processing called the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NCAS). Applicants will need to review the application instructions as well complete and submit all materials for the NCAS application by the extended February 25, 2020 9pm PST deadline.

The PCC Nursing Program is a competitive, closed entry program. Nursing program admission applications are evaluated on a three phase point system. The point system is subject to change on a yearly basis. The selection criteria for the 2020 application cycle is now available for review. Please check back on a regular basis to ensure you have the most up to date information.

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Portland Community College is an affirmative action equal opportunity institution. Students are admitted without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, national origin or marital status.

Minimum Application Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply to the 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 2019 (December 15, 2019). See the advising guide for a complete list of the required 45 prerequisite credits.
    • BI 231** must be completed by the end of fall term 2019.
    • Math 95** or higher OR placement test** demonstrating placement into Math 111 or higher must be completed by the end of fall term 2019.
  • The remaining 45 prerequisite credits must be completed by the end of spring term 2020.

**Course/requirement has 7-year expiration. Course/requirement must be dated 2013 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.

Phase I Admission Process: Application Evaluation

Phase I will evaluate students on a 58 point scale. 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
  • Science GPA
  • Support course completion (2 maximum)
  • Courses completed at PCC
  • Community engagement
  • Service member experience
  • Previous application alternate status
  • Healthcare certification
  • Healthcare experience

Please be aware that completion of nursing prerequisite requirements alone does not guarantee admission to a program. Applicants need to answer all the required essay questions in NCAS. All prerequisite courses, community engagement and healthcare experience hours must be complete by the end of fall term (December 15, 2019).

*Requirements and selection criteria are subject to change on a yearly basis.

Phase II Admission Process: Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) and review of cover letter, resume and essay responses
  • The HSRT exam will be proctored at PCC. Students moving on to Phase II will be notified via an emailed invitation with a date and time to take the exam at the Sylvania Campus.
  • Cover Letter (500 word max): Please explain why you have chosen to pursue a career in nursing? Please highlight your relevant passions, attributes and experiences. How you will use them to contribute and enhance the nursing profession?
    • The cover letter needs to be uploaded to your NCAS application under the documents tab and attached as "other".
  • Resume (one page max): The resume will need to be to be uploaded to your NCAS application in the documents section and attached as “other”. The resume must include the following sections:
    • Education: Any past degree(s) and current institution you are attending (if applicable)
    • Work Experience: Please include up to 4 of the most relevant (not recent) experiences and a brief description of your job responsibilities and duties.
    • Community Engagement: Volunteer/Unpaid work experience
    • Awards, Achievements, and or Special Skills: May include leadership opportunities, awards/achievements, special skills or certifications or other languages spoken.
  • Essay Responses: The essay question prompts can be found under the "questions" tab of the PCC NCAS application. All questions require a response and each question may not exceed 250 words.

Based on application point totals from Phase I, the top 60-90 applicants will be invited to participate in the HSRT Exam. These students will also have their cover letter, resume and essay responses (submitted with the NCAS application) reviewed. Evaluation of the HSRT scores, cover letter, resume, and essay question responses will determine who is offered placement into the program. Once offered placement, applicants will still need to successfully pass the requirements outline in phase III. Applicants will be notified in late March of the date and time they are assigned to attend the HSRT exam via the email address they designated through their NCAS application. This is the only method of notification. The HSRT exam will be scheduled for the second week of May.

Please plan ahead when you get your assigned day and time to ensure you have ample time to arrive on campus and park. You must attend the HSRT exam on your assigned day, at the assigned time. We are not able to offer alternate days and/or times during that week. The entire exam process takes about 1.5 hours. This time will include checking in, instructions and taking the exam.

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 scores on the HSRT exam, cover letter, resume and essay responses will not be released to the applicant.

Phase III Admission Process: Post-selection requirements

Applicants offered a seat in the PCC Nursing Program must successfully complete the additional 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 Applicants Starting Fall 2020

  • The week of April 13, 2020 (Phase I admission): All applicants are notified of their application decision. Applicants will be informed if they are moving on to the second phase of the selection process. The 60-90 applicants who move on to phase II will have an opportunity to have their cover letter, resume, and essay responses reviewed. They will also be required to take part in the HSRT exam as a part of the phase II selection process.
  • May 11, 12, and 15, 2020 (Phase II admission): The HSRT Exam will be held at the PCC Sylvania Campus.
  • Late May/Early June, 2020 (Phase III admission): Up to 32 applicants will be offered placement in the Nursing Program. Notification letters will be emailed to the email you designated through NCAS. All admission decisions are final.
    • Once you have been offered a seat in the program (alternate or accepted) all communication will come through your PCC email address – not the email you designated through NCAS.
  • Summer 2020 (Phase 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, 2020.
    • The second Orientation will be held mid-September.
  • September 21, 2020: Program begins.

Please review page three of the Advising Guide to view the point distribution for the 2020 application cycle. Please remember, the point system is subject to change on a yearly basis. Please consistently check the website, advising guide and/or attend an information session to stay informed of any program or requirement changes.

Portland Community College is an affirmative action equal opportunity institution. Students are admitted without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, national origin or marital status.