Nursing - Application Process

Application Process

The Pierce College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program was created to provide access for all students including underrepresented populations, males, international/foreign born, older students, and individuals with lower socio-economic profiles.

    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 following attributes - our "4 C's" - associated with the science and art of nursing:

  • Competence
  • Care
  • Culture
  • Compassion

Application packets for the traditional two-year ADN program are available for download from this website in January. Application packets for the LPN-ADN Bridge program are also available on this website for download in January.

All forms and detailed instructions will be included in the application packet when it becomes available. They will be updated at these times each year to adjust dates and reflect any minor changes that may occur. The application periods and deadlines will be posted on the Nursing homepage - and applications will be accepted ONLY during those periods.

An application Workshop will be offered during the first week of the application period. Dates and times will be posted on the Nursing homepage. The admission process for both programs is a lengthy and intense process, broken down into three phases.

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. Application fee (paid directly to college cashier)
  2. Nursing application form with Student ID# (must complete college admission or reactivate)
  3. Course pre-requisite listing form
  4. All waivers (if applicable - and completed with Pre-Nursing Advisor prior to application process. This pertains to classes/course content taken at out of state colleges or in state colleges but not listed on the Course Equivalency chart)
  5. Proof of winter/spring registration (if applicable)
  6. Official transcripts from prior colleges attended. (If you met the language requirement in High School - a High School transcript is also required)
  7. Proof of first Hepatitis B injection (in a series of 3)
  8. Professional recommendation (format provided)
  9. Any additional materials from the check list

    Scored Elements

  1. Functional resume (organized by skill sets and not the chronological/employer based resume that most of us have)
  2. Personal statement (question provided in packet)
  3. Kaplan Entrance Exam

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.

Phase III - 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, successfully pass a criminal background check 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 (annually) 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)
  7. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies

    Other Documents:

  1. Documentation of current American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Provider Training (Must include infant and child CPR).
  2. Proof of personal health insurance.
  3. HIPAA Training (Nursing office facilitates) Fire safety and blood born pathogens – modules on line.
  4. Drug testing (Nursing office facilitates)
  5. LPN License required for Bridge Applicants only.
  6. Any additional requirements will be included in the application packet.

***The occupation of RN requires physical strength and stamina. The student may be expected to lift up to 60lbs and stand for long periods of time.

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.


Eustenia Kasjan M.A.
Allied Health Manager Nursing Advising/Admissions

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Program Director

Bebhinn Horrigan MACM
Nursing Program Coordinator
Front Office

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty

Tiffany Smith MN, RN
Nursing Faculty

Vicki Dickson ARNP, MN
Nursing Faculty

National Accreditation

This nursing program is
accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
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