Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


2015-2017 Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for the 2015-2017 Nursing Program admission has changed. Please review the new points system by downloading a copy of the updated Advising Guide.

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.

Admission for the 2015-2017 Nursing program is closed. Current applicants should read the timeline for Tier II and Tier III admission listed below. Applications for the 2016–2018 Nursing program will be accepted starting October 1, 2015.

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 in March of the date and time they are to attend 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.

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 and 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 2015 proctored essay dates will be the week of April 13, 2015.

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

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. Applicants may also view a list of potentially disqualifying crimes and conditions.

Minimum Application Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply to the 2016–2018 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 2015 (December 13th, 2015)
    • BI 231** must be completed by the end of fall term 2015
    • 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 2015
  • The remaining prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring term 2016

**Course/requirement has 7-year expiration. Course/requirement must be dated 2009 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


PCC will begin accepting nursing program applications for the 2016-2018 nursing program October 1, 2015. Applications submitted prior to the October 1, 2015 date will be returned to sender. All applications must be received by February 15, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Application deadline:

The application deadline for the 2015–2017 Nursing Program has passed. Applications for the 2016–2018 Program will be accepted from October 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016 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

  • Late-March/Early-April, 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.
    • The 2015 Nursing program proctored essay will be held on April 14, 15 and 16.
  • 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.
    • The 2015 Nursing Program orientation will be held on June 17.
    • 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 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.