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PCC Nursing Program Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in the Portland Community College Nursing Program. To start the application process, please review the following information. The PCC Nursing Program is now working with an independent organization for online application processing called the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NCAS).

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Application Information

Applications open:
November 1, 2019
February 25, 2020 by 9pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) (12 midnight Eastern Standard Time). This deadline has passed and is now closed for the 2020 application cycle. The 2021 nursing program application cycle will open November 1, 2020.

This is the deadline for submitting your NCAS application. You will also want to be sure your official transcripts have been received by NCAS by this date and time.

It is important that you create, mail and upload appropriate documents for your application sooner rather than later. NCAS takes anywhere from 7-10 business days to post a transcript to an applicant’s account. Please keep this in mind when submitting your transcripts to NCAS. PCC encourages applicants to submit application materials and mail official transcripts as soon as possible to ensure your nursing application review is not delayed. It is important that you understand how to check your application status through NCAS. PCC requires full verification. If you apply and/or send transcripts within two weeks of the application deadline you run the risk of not getting your materials posted by the application deadline. Do not wait until the February 25 deadline to apply and/or send your transcripts.

Students finishing prerequisite courses in fall term 2019 need to wait until grades have posted prior sending official transcripts to NCAS. Please be aware that NCAS does not accept e-transcripts.

Application Checklist

Please review the following items to ensure you are eligible to apply to the PCC Nursing Program.

Review Requirements

Review the Advising Guide which outlines the program prerequisites, minimum application requirements and point distribution used for selection.

Admission Requirements
  • Students are required to be admitted to PCC prior to applying to the nursing program.
  • Submit a PCC Admissions Application (if not already admitted to PCC). This application is free of charge and should take around 5-10 minutes.
    • If you are an International Student on an F1 student visa and are interested in applying to the PCC Nursing program you must also be admitted to PCC. Please view additional international admission requirements.
    • When selecting your application type, choose credit. This will assign you a 9 digit Student ID number that begins with the letter G.
    • You will need to know your PCC Student ID number and will be asked to enter it on your NCAS online application for PCC.

Application Materials

Application materials may include, but are not limited to:

Nursing CAS (NCAS) Application (required)
  • Create, complete and submit your Nursing CAS application (NCAS). You may begin creating your NCAS account as early as August 15, 2019. PCC’s nursing application will not be available until November 1, 2019.
  • If you previously applied to a nursing program using NCAS (from 2016 through 2019), please make sure to use the re-applicant button to create your 2020 NCAS application. This will save you time and energy. Please review what you can and cannot use from your previous application.
  • Submit your NCAS online application as well as all required transcripts/supporting documents by 9pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) (12 midnight EST) on February 25, 2020.
  • The cost to apply online through NCAS is $50 for an undergraduate program application and $35 for any additional undergraduate program application.
  • Applicants will need to submit, mail and/or upload all materials for the NCAS online application by the February 25, 2020 by 9pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) (12 midnight Eastern Standard Time) deadline.
Application Fees (required)
  • Submit a mandatory, non-refundable supplemental application fee to PCC of $40. Please be advised that this application fee is in addition to the NCAS application fee and paid directly to PCC.
    • You will receive a payment confirmation email. Please save that email as a PDF and upload the payment receipt to your NCAS online application in the documents section under "supplemental fee" as proof of payment. Failure to pay this supplemental application fee will render your PCC NCAS application ineligible. This supplemental fee is due each application year.
  • The cost to apply online through NCAS is $50 for an undergraduate program application and $35 for any additional undergraduate program application.
    • This fee is due each application year.
Transcripts (required)

PCC requires all official transcripts be mailed from all colleges attended, including PCC directly to NCAS. All official college transcripts must be mailed to NCAS at the address listed below:

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

  • If you are in progress with courses fall term 2019, please make sure to wait until final grades have posted to order/send transcripts. Make sure to have the registrar include Transcript Request Form.
  • Applications will not be reviewed or considered without all official transcripts on file through the NCAS system.
  • NCAS offers professional transcript entry services for an additional fee. Although the transcript entry step of the application is a timely process, PCC does not encourage applicants to use this service. NCAS is not responsible if you miss important deadlines for you application. Please review the "Turnaround times for applicants who participate in the entry service" section for important details.
  • Students with foreign transcripts must have their official transcript evaluation sent to NCAS to complete their PCC application. Please refer to this list of suggested services.
Cover Letter and Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (500 word maximum).
    • 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 will need to be uploaded to your NCAS application in the documents section and attached as "CV/Resume".
  • Resume (may not exceed one page). 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: Leadership opportunities, awards/achievements, special skills or certifications or other languages spoken.
    • The resume will need to be to be uploaded to your NCAS application in the documents section and attached as "CV/Resume".
Essay Question Responses (required)

There are three essay questions which are required as a part of your admissions application. You can find the essay prompts in the PCC NCAS application under the questions tab. The questions must be answered in 250 words or less in this section and will be required to submit your PCC Nursing Application.

Health Care License/Certification (if applicable)

Applicants interested in earning points for their license or certification are required to submit the Health Care Certification Form with their NCAS application. All License and Certifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the admission evaluation committee. International and domestic certifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the admission evaluation committee. All supporting documents must be translated to English and be included/uploaded in your Nursing CAS application. There is no expiration or minimum number of practice hours required. Failure to upload the healthcare certification form and provide supporting documentation will impact consideration for experience points. Applicants must also provide copies of professional credentials.

Acceptable proof of certifications must come from a professional credentialing body such as the OSBN, ARRT, OVMEB, ADA, Etc. Diplomas or certificates of completion will not be acceptable forms of certification.

Health Care Experience (if applicable)

Applicants interested in earning points for Healthcare experience must complete the required Healthcare Experience Documentation Form. This form must be uploaded to your NCAS application under the documents section. Hours must be complete by the end of fall term prior to the application deadline. Health care experience points will not be awarded if the healthcare experience documentation forms are incomplete or if supporting documentation of work experience hours is missing. International or domestic hours of healthcare experience will be considered. Paid or unpaid experience may be completed in a variety of settings. Some examples of acceptable settings may include but are not limited to: a medical setting, home care, community health, health education, or military experience. All supporting documents must be translated to English and be included/uploaded in your Nursing CAS application.

Community Engagement (if applicable)

Please complete the required Community Engagement form to gain points for your 50+ hours of volunteer and community engagement activities.

Service Member Experience (if applicable)

Applicants who have served (or are currently serving) as one of the following: Active or reserve members of the United States Military, Veterans of the United States Military and AmeriCorps or Peace Corps Volunteers will need to submit the Service Member Experience Documentation Form. Military Veterans will also need to submit their DD214, member 4 copy.

Placement Test Scores (if applicable-required if using scores for math competency)

Students may use placement test score reports to satisfy the math competency for admissions consideration. PCC accepts the following tests: COMPASS, ASSET, ACCUPLACER or ALEKS. Students must place into MTH 105/ 111 (College Algebra) as determined by PCC equivalent placement scores for COMPASS, ASSET ACUPLACER, or ALEKS placement tests. Raw test scores are required and are evaluated using PCC’s testing center guidelines for placement.

The accepted file formats for NCAS uploads are: MSWord (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), PNG (.png), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). The size limit for each file upload is 5MB.