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The Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program was created to provide access for all students, including underrepresented populations.

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Our admissions process is unique. The Pierce College ADN Program seeks qualified applicants who are committed to the field of Registered Nursing and who can convey the mission, vision and values of the program during the admissions process.

Detailed information about the application process is available on this website at approximately the following times:

  • Traditional two-year ADN program: Applications available every other spring term, starting Spring 2021.
  • Full-Time LPN/RN application submission window is August/September.
  • Part-Time LPN/RN application submission window is January/February.

Detailed instructions will be included on this webpage when it becomes available. It will be updated throughout the upcoming year to adjust dates and reflect other changes that may occur. The application periods and deadlines will be posted on the Nursing department page, and applications will be available/accepted ONLY during those periods.

Admissions to a nursing program requires passing a background check. Before continuing with your application process, please read through the Disqualifying Factors.

Application Workshops

An application workshop will be offered during the first week of the application period. Dates and times will be posted on the Nursing home page. The admission process is the same for both the ADN/RN and LPN/RN programs and is a lengthy and intense process broken down into three phases.

Phase I

Phase I is designed to determine applicant qualification and, through a point system, establish the pool of candidates who will be allowed to participate.

There are two components of the Phase I application packet:

Qualification Elements

  1. Online application
  2. ctcLink ID (You must complete college admission or reactivate if not current)
  3. Application fee (paid directly to college cashier)
  4. Prerequisite courses
  5. All waivers (if applicable, and completed with Pre-Nursing Advisor prior to application process. This pertains to establishing content equivalency for class/course content taken at all out-of-state colleges, or colleges that are not listed on the Course Equivalency chart)
  6. All required and extra point classes may be completed in the term you apply.
  7. Official transcripts from prior colleges attended. (If you met the language requirement in high school, a high school transcript is also required.)
  8. Professional recommendation (format provided)
  9. Any additional materials from the checklist

Scored Elements

  1. Professional resume
  2. Personal statement (question provided)
  3. Strong academic achievement in BIOL 241 (Anatomy and Physiology I), BIOL 242 (Anatomy and Physiology II), and BIOL 260 (Microbiology) may garner extra points

For more details, see the nursing application scoring rubric.

Phase II

Phase II is the notification of applicant status. Everyone who applied will receive a phone call and then a follow-up letter confirming their status. 

We have reinstated group interviews in our Phase II application process. The top applicants will be invited to come in for a mandatory group interview.

Phase III — For Newly Admitted ADN Students

Applicants who are being offered admissions will receive official notification. A small list of alternates will be established. Prior to the start of the program, incoming students must return a formal acceptance response and attend a mandatory orientation before completing the following:


  1. Completed Hepatitis B series (3 injections in all) AND Positive Hep B titer result
  2. Tdap in the last ten years
  3. 2-step TB screening (initially) or chest x-ray (if history of positive TB skin test)
  4. Positive Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or (2) injections
  5. Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or positive titer) for all 3 diseases
  6. Flu vaccine (Proof of vaccination for current season)

Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies.

Other Documents

  1. Documentation of current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider Training (Must include infant and child CPR)
  2. Proof of personal health insurance
  3. Online training modules (as directed by program)
  4. LPN license required for LPN to RN option applicants only
  5. Any additional requirements will be included in the application information

The occupation of RN requires physical strength and stamina. The student may be expected to lift up to 60 pounds and stand for long periods of time. Students will be asked to review and self-attest to a list of common physical, mental and psychological demands of the nursing profession.

It is critical that prospective students communicate with a pre-nursing advisor regularly and keep abreast of changes related to the admissions process by visiting this site often and/or attending monthly information sessions.

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