Nursing Department - 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 program are available for download from this website around the middle of May.

Application packets for the LPN-ADN Completion Program are available on this website for download about the middle of February.

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 our Nursing Home Page - 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 our Nursing home page. 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 in the interview process.

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)
  5. Proof of spring and/or summer 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)

Scored Elements

  1. Personal recommendation (format provided)
  2. Professional recommendation (format provided)
  3. Functional resume (not the chronological/employer based resume that most of us have)
  4. Personal statements (questions provided in packet)
  5. Research paper (2 pages)
  6. Kaplan entrance exam

Phase II is the first notification and interview process. Applicant status is established based on the scoring committee's points awarded.

Based on the number of original qualified applicants, a select number of top candidates will be invited to participate in the interview process, which will bear points toward admission. A criminal background check will be required before interview.

Phase III is the selection notification and program preparation phase. Admission notification will be mailed and a small list of alternates will be established. Prior to the start of the program, incoming students must complete the following:


  1. Remaining two (2) Hep B injections or positive titer results.
  2. Tetanus/Diphtheria (in the last ten years) (Tdap required if immunized after 6/1/07)
  3. 2-step TB screening (annually) or chest x-ray
  4. Varicella (Chicken Pox) (2 injections or positive titer)
  5. Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 injections or positive titer)
  6. Annual Flu Vaccine (Proof of vaccination or signed waiver for students who decline vaccination)
  7. Pneumococeal (optional)
  8. Immunization requirements may change based on CDC guidelines and/or clinical facility policies

Other Documents:

  1. Prior to interview, the student must receive a "No Record on File" report related to crime against persons from
  2. Documentation of current Health Provider CPR training by AHA
  3. Proof of completed 7-hour AIDS Training Course.
  4. Proof of personal health insurance.
  5. HIPAA Training (Nursing office facilitates)
  6. Drug Screening (Nursing office facilitates)
  7. LPN License required for Bridge Applicants only.

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.

Becky Piper RN, MN
Program Director

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

Cindy Porn
P/T Office Assistant

Glenine Collins MSN, RN, NCS-BC

Ronda Durano MN, RN
Nursing Faculty, Clinical Liaison

Elizabeth Webber RN, MSN, CCRN
Nursing Faculty


National Accreditation

This nursing program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000