Situated at the Sylvania Campus, Portland Community College nursing training program is endorsed by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and certified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
In this training program, you will learn the knowledge as well as competencies necessary for an entry-level nursing job, and meet the requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is an essential requirement for practice.
The training program is built to prepare the pupil to be certified as a registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses deliver nursing care in many different health-care settings. Admitted Nursing pupils will have the alternative of completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University after successfully completing two years at Portland Community College.
About The School
Portland Community College (PCC) is the largest community college in the U.S. state of Oregon. Situated in Portland, it serves 1.9 million individuals in the five (5) county area of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, and Columbia counties.
Total estimated program cost is USD $13,176
Following are the minimum requirements for ADN-RN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
- At least 30 of the 45 credits of prerequisites must be completed by the end of fall term 2017 (December 13th)
- BI 231** must be completed by the end of fall term 2017
- 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 2017
- The remaining prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring term 2018
**Course/requirement has 7-year expiration. Course/requirement must be dated 2010 and more recent.
- 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.
****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 70 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, Veteran status 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 30 points. Essays are held at the Sylvania Campus. The 70 application points from Tier I will be added to the 30 essay points from Tier II to determine who will be offered a seat in the program. Up to 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 timed, 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, 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.
Tier III Admission Process: Post-selection requirements
Up to 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 [pdf]*
- 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
Portland Community College
Address: 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (971) 722-4910
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