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Admission Process


Online Nursing Application:
Application is accepted for current period only.

LPN to RN Applicants:
Applicants must pass the RN Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care ATI Mobility Examination 60% or higher to qualify for Level 3 entry, and pass RN Care of Children 60% or higher for Level 4 entry. Refer to the Nursing Information packet.

Admission Process

All applicants must be fluent in the English language (both verbal and written), and possess the physical and emotional ability to complete the program. Further information regarding these requirements is available upon request.

Admissions policies are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep up-to-date on any admissions policy changes.

  1. Review the nursing program information packet
    Download and review the nursing program information packet.
    LPN's review: LPN to RN Packet All pre-nursing students need to review the expectations and processes to apply to the program.
  2. Apply to be a student at Tacoma Community College.
    Enrollment steps Note: This process can take up to 48 hours.
  3. Prerequisite courses
    Complete the core prerequisite courses with a 'B' or better in each course
    within two attempts (no B -).
  4. Apply to the Nursing Program
    Complete the online application (see directions below). All required documentation must be complete by deadline date. You will immediately receive a confirmation email to your TCC email if you have successfully submitted the application.
  5. Submit official transcripts
    Submit all transcripts for prerequisite work completed at other colleges sent to the transcript evaluator by the published deadline or sooner. Transcripts do not have to be evaluated by the deadline, just SUBMITTED by the deadline.
  6. Evaluation Process takes 4-6 weeks. If your application is disqualified for any reason, you will be notified by TCC student email.
  7. Nursing Lottery
    Qualified applicants are entered into the nursing lottery, which selects students for each nursing program. Positions will be filled from the top of the list until open positions are filled. Results are posted on the "Admission Lottery" web page.
  8. New Student Nursing Orientation
    If you are selected and accept a position in the nursing program, you will be required to attend a mandatory orientation. Information regarding additional requirements will be emailed after acceptance.

Important Dates

Traditional Student
Jun 1-Jul 1Sep 1-Oct 1Dec 1-Jan 2 
Traditional Student
  Dec 1-Jan 2 
(Level 4 entry)
 Sep 1-Oct 1 Mar 1-Apr 1
(Level 3 entry)
 Sep 1-Oct 1  

Acceptance Notification

Traditional StudentAugustNovemberFebruary 
LPN to RN November May
  • If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the effective deadline is the next business day.

Advising for pre-nursing group, please call 253.566.6091 or 253.566.5122and request the pre-nursing advisor.

Online Admission Process

Application to TCC Nursing is through on online application only. You will need to be an admitted or registered student at TCC, have access to the student portal and a TCC email account. If you have not attended TCC in the past 12 months, please fill out the admission application and you will be granted TCC student portal and email access. This can take up to 48 to process.

1.  Sign into the TCC portal (requires you to have an active TCC student account).

2.  Go to your Quick links area and expand the All Reports and Applications.

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3.  Select the Academics tab and click "Make Button." NOTE: The following is a sample of what you will see in the portal. You must go to the portal for the links to work.


4.  Find Allied Health/Nursing and Nursing Application on your Quick Links list.

5.  You should now access the nursing application, make your selections and confirm application. You do not fill out a lengthy application, it is a quick and simple process! (only LPN to RN students will need to upload documents) 

6.  When you have completed the application the system will send a confirmation email to your TCC email. Do not delete this email, keep it as reference that you have completed the online application.

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