Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Advising Questions:

Q: I would like to plan a schedule of the courses I need to take in order to apply to the program. Or I need to know how my classes will transfer over to MHCC. Who should I contact?
A:The Academic Advising and Transfer Center can help students make an education plan and review course equivalencies. They can be reached at

Q: What do I need (academically) in order to apply to the program?
A: Applicants need:

  • MTH095 or higher (5 credits if taken at MHCC) or placement into MTH105/111 or higher.
  • BI231 (4 credits if taken at MHCC)
  • And 21 additional credits from the Prerequisite Course Planning Sheet (found in the application). In other words, applicants must have at least 30 credits from the Prerequisite Course Planning Sheet, of which must include MTH095 and BI231.
  • The prerequisites must be taken within the stated timeframe.
  • ALL transcripts must be submitted even if they do not pertain to the nursing prerequisites.
  • The GPA of the prerequisite courses must be a 3.0 or higher.

Program Admissions:

Q: Will the admissions evaluator let me know if I have something missing from my application materials?
A: No, the admissions evaluator will not contact you if anything is missing from your application materials. If you have a question about applying to the program, the application materials, or the process, please come see Katelyn Goslin, Nursing Admissions Evaluator during open hours. Sessions are offered from 2-3 p.m. on the following days in AC2256 (the Student Services Conference Room inside Student Services):

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Q: Should I retake a class to earn a high grade?
A: Having a strong prerequisite GPA is a critical component of being accepted into the program and being a successful nursing student. Applicants are advised to do well in all their prerequisite classes without having to repeat anything. If a prerequisite course is repeated, it does not count against the applicant in terms of points, but does not look favorable in the overall application process.

Q: Everyone who gets accepted has a 4.0 GPA right?
A: The prerequisite GPA of applicants who are interviewed is generally quite high, averaging a 3.75+. This is not to say students are not accepted into the program with a GPA lower than this, but applicants must be able to make up these points in other areas (i.e., discretionary points).

Q: I slacked off right after high school and failed a few classes— will this hurt my chances of getting admitted?
A: No, not at all. We don’t look at high school courses or GPA.

Q: For my grades, do I put down +/- on my prerequisite course planning sheet?
A: No, just list the letter grade.

Q: Do I need to have worked in the field prior to applying?
A: Having some health care experience is helpful, and those students with experience generally have an easier time in the program, but it is not a requirement.

Q: My prerequisite GPA is less than a 3.0, should I still apply?
A: No, do not apply. The application will not be considered for admissions and the application fee is non-refundable.

Q: Do you think I will be accepted?
A: We get this question all the time. The answer—we have no idea, and here is why: The program is only as competitive as the people applying, and the people applying change each and every year. What was considered “competitive points” last year could be, and probably will be, completely different this year.

Q: My transfer coursework from Clark College is already listed on my PCC transcript. Do I really have to get a Clark College transcript?
A: Yes!

Q: Why do I have to get a transcript from every college I have attended? All of my direct prerequisites were completed at one college.
A: There are three reasons:

  • Accreditation requirements.
  • OCNE requirements.
  • If someone was previously admitted into Clark College’s Nursing program and they were dismissed from the program because of patient misconduct, we have a legal (and moral) obligation to find out and discuss the situation and possible ramifications for admitting this student into the program.

There are absolutely no exceptions with transcripts. We need an official (sealed in an envelope) transcript for every college you have ever attended, regardless of relevancy, program of study, program length, or any other reason. If you do not submit all your transcripts, you will automatically be disqualified from the program.

Q: I have 1,000 hours of CNA work, should I get my employer to sign off on the work experience form?
A: You only want to submit the work experience form if you have over 1,547 work hours. If you do not have this many work hours, please just submit your CNA credentials off the OSBN website (or other state site).

Q: I have my CNA through a different state, is that okay?
A: Yes! Just submit your CNA credentials from your state board. Make sure your full name, expiration date, and license number are present.

Q: My CNA is expired, is that okay?
A: No. Discretionary points are only issued for those with a current CNA card.

Q: I don’t have any work experience as a CNA, but I do have a current CNA license. How do I document this to earn the extra discretionary points?
A: You’ll want to submit your license from your state board (Oregon is the OSBN). Make sure your full name, expiration date, and license number are present. Do not submit the work experience form.

Q: I have extensive volunteer health care experience. Is this worth anything?
A: Not at the time of application. However, applicants can speak to this experience and knowledge at the time of interview, if they are invited.

Q: Who do I make the application fee payable to?

Q: How do I submit my application?
A: You can turn it into the front counter inside Student Services (AC2253) or mail it to the address on the application.

Program Questions:

Q: Can I work while I am in the program?
A: This program is extremely rigorous. It is strongly advised to not work while you’re in the program. If you must work, let us help you make an action plan to see what’s appropriate for your situation.

Q: Is there a part-time program option?
A: Yes! However, applicants cannot apply to both the full-time and part-time program. The part-time program is advised for students with family/work obligations who cannot attend school full-time. To learn more about the part-time program visit:

Q: I have been accepted into the program but am planning on being on my honeymoon in Jamaica the week of orientation. This isn’t going to be a problem, is it?
A: Yes, it is a problem. All of the accepted and alternate students are required to attend the orientation. This is your time to choose: Jamaica or the nursing program?

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