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Admission Lottery

The Fall 15/Winter 16 admission lottery process is complete. Result letters were emailed to your TCC student email account.

Overview of the Lottery Process

TCC uses a weighted lottery to randomly select qualified students to fill its nursing cohorts.

See lottery qualifications. All students who successfully apply to the nursing program will be awarded a base score. The higher the students' score, the greater the probability their name will be chosen. Applying for the program with a high score does not guarantee admission.

TCC is committed to a fair and open lottery and to avoid any misinterpretation of results the program has instituted a witnessed verification process.  

  1. If your application qualifies, your lottery ID number will be entered into the lottery, including the appropriate weight earned by your application.
  2. Once all applications are processed, qualified applicants and weighted scores will be posted on the website for review.
  3. The lottery is run creating a randomized ordered list of all qualified ID numbers.
  4. Positions will be filled from the numbers at the top of the lottery list until all positions are filled. (For the fall and winter drawings even number positions (i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8) will be offered a position in the fall class and odd number positions (i.e. 1, 3, 5, 7) will be used to fill the winter class.)
  5. Results are then verified.
  6. All applicants will be notified of their status via the TCC e-mail system only.  
  7. If a student is accepted and then declines, the next randomly generated number will be accepted. This can be a lengthy process, so please be patient.

Acceptance cannot be deferred to a future quarter.

The lottery process will remain in effect for all future application deadlines until further notice.

If not selected

If you are not selected, and wish to be considered for future drawings, you must reapply. You do not need to resubmit transcripts.

You may also wish to explore a pre-nursing transfer degree or other allied health program offerings at TCC. For advising information for career paths please contact advising at 253.566.6091.

If you have any further questions regarding the lottery process please call Theresa Stach at 253.566.5085 or email

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