• Nursing Admission Details

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    Thank you for your interest in our nursing program! The nursing program is limited entry. You must meet certain criteria before applying. Applicants are selected through a point-based system. We recommend you read through the other nursing webpages and attend an information session to learn more and get your questions answered. See nursing for more info.

    Admission Requirements

    You must meet the requirements described below by the application deadline date of February 15, 2024 for fall term 2024/winter term 2025 admission. Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) reserves the right to modify the local criteria and the process for selection.

    1) Minimum Application Requirements

    Course and transcript requirements:

    Please note: Courses with “Z” at the end are equivalent to the same course without the “Z”.

    • You must complete at least 30 of the 45 required prerequisite credits from the “Prerequisite Coursework” below by the end of fall term 2023. BI231 and MTH095/MTH098 or higher (or placement into MTH105Z/MTH111Z) must be included in the 30 credits. If the math admission requirement is met by placement into MTH105Z or higher, you must select from any other prerequisite courses to attain the minimum 30 credits.
      • By the end of summer term 2024 any remaining prerequisites must be completed.
      • Completing all 45 prerequisite credits by the end of fall term before applying will make your application more competitive. Consider mapping out a term-by-term education plan with an academic adviser.
    • All of your official regionally accredited college transcripts must be on file in MHCC's Admissions, Registration and Records office by the application deadline even if you are not using the credits towards your prerequisites.

    Grade requirements:

    • Grade point average (GPA) must be at least a 3.0 ("B" average) for prerequisite coursework only (not your cumulative GPA you see on your transcript).
    • Each prerequisite course must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.
    • "Pass" or "Satisfactory" grades will count as a "C" grade when calculating prerequisite GPA.

    2) Prerequisite Coursework

    Prerequisite courses with a 10-year expiration (Courses cannot be taken before 2014)

    • BI231, BI232 & BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II & III (12 credits): The full sequence of Human Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory, inclusive of all body systems. BI231 must be completed by the end of fall term 2023.
    • BI234 Microbiology (4 credits): Basic microbiology covering living microorganisms, particularly bacteria and viruses, with laboratory.
    • MTH095 Intermediate Algebra or MTH098 Quantitative Reasoning II or higher (4-5 credits) or placement into MTH105/MTH111 or higher since 2/15/19: you can meet the math admission requirement by taking the math portion of the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT). If you took a placement test at another school, or if you took a COMPASS test since 2/15/19, please have that school email a copy of your score report to testing services at testing@mhcc.edu to be evaluated. Placement scores do not appear on transcripts. ALEKS placement test, high school GPA, Smarter Balance or general education development (GED) scores cannot be used to meet the math prerequisite. Learn more about acceptable math placement test scores. If you test out of using a placement score and do not have a qualifying math course on your transcript, you must complete a math course to meet graduation requirements.

    Prerequisite courses with NO expiration date

    • FN225/HE225 Nutrition (4 credits): The class should cover biological functions, dietary sources of essential nutrients and the relationship of diet to health.
    • BI112 or BI102 or BI212 Biology with Genetics (4-5 credits): Any Biology course that lists genetics or heredity within the course description should fulfill this requirement. Human Anatomy & Physiology or Microbiology coursework cannot be used.
    • WR121Z English Composition and WR122Z English Composition or WR227Z Technical Writing (8 credits): The writing requirement is waived if you completed a Bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. You must select from any remaining prerequisite courses to meet the minimum 30 credits to apply and also select from the Art and Letters or additional Social Science courses from the AAOT degree to fulfill the 45 credits required for admission to the program.
    • PSY237 Human Development (4 credits): The class should cover the developmental process of human life covering the full life span. Human development courses that cover only part of the life span will not be accepted.
    • Social Science (1 course, 3-5 credits): Any Social Science course listed under the AAOT degree will fulfill this requirement. PSY201 is the prerequisite to PSY237 at MHCC and will count as the Social Science prerequisite. If you have taken multiple Social Science classes, pick the one with the highest grade to use on your nursing application.

    Use the transfer tool to see if your courses from other colleges apply!

    3) Phase 1 Point System

    If you meet all minimum application requirements by the application deadline, you will be scored by the following point scale:

    Academic Points: 32 points maximum

    • Prerequisite GPA (max 25 points) Only the prerequisite courses filled in on your application will be calculated for awarding GPA points. Pluses and minuses will not be considered.
    • GPA Points

      3.67 - 4.00


      3.33 - 3.66


      3.20 - 3.32


      3.15 - 3.19


      3.00 - 3.14


    • Human Anatomy & Physiology sequence (max 3 points) If you complete more than just the first A&P course (minimum needed to apply) you will gain:
      • 2 points for completion of A&P I and II with a "C" grade or higher
      • 3 points for completion of A&P I, II & III with a "C" grade or higher
    • College degree (1 point) If your transcript shows you earned a 2-year college degree or higher, you will gain 1 point
    • Prerequisite completion (max 3 points) If you complete more than the minimum credits required to apply by the end of fall term 2023, you will gain:
      • 2 points for completion of 36 out of the 45 required prerequisite credits
      • 3 points for completion of all 45 prerequisites credits

    Discretionary Points: 20 points maximum

    When you fill out the online application, you will need to self-disclose or include additional information for some of the discretionary points or they will not be awarded to you.

    • Prerequisite science courses taken at MHCC (up to 2 points) One point will be awarded for any of the following nursing prerequisite science courses completed at MHCC by the end of fall term 2023 not to exceed 2 points max: Human Anatomy & Physiology (BI231 or BI232 or BI233), Biology with Genetics (BI102 or BI112 or BI212), Nutrition (FN225 or HE225) and Microbiology (BI234).
    • Prior year alternate (2 points) If you were on the alternate list from the 2023/2024 application cycle and not offered a seat in the program, you will be awarded 2 points.
    • Not repeating A&P (max 3 points) If you have not repeated the prerequisite A&P courses within the past ten (10) years, you will be awarded up to 3 points.
    • MHCC district resident (1 point) If the address on your student record when you apply to the nursing program is within the MHCC district, you will be awarded 1 point.
    • Prerequisites taken at MHCC (1 point) If 30 prerequisite credits or more were completed at MHCC, you will be awarded 1 point.
    • Military service (1 point) If you have two years or more of military service and upload a copy of your DD214 with your application, you will be awarded 1 point.
    • Early Application (2 points) If you successfully submit your online application by January 12, 2024 and all required official transcripts are on file with MHCC, you will be awarded 2 points.
    • Certification and work experience (max 8 points) You must upload a copy of your current or expired credentials with your application to earn these discretionary points.
    • Current Licensure/Certification: You will provide your employer’s email address on your online application and a direct link will be sent to them for verification.

      Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT)
      Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
      If you are a medical assistant without certification, you can gain one less point for each level of hours worked. Please see the FAQ page for more information.
      Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
      Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
      Certified/Registered Respiratory Therapist (CRT/RRT)
      Certified Surgical Technician (CST)
      Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)
      Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA)
      Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
      Military Medic/Corpsman (DD214 or military transcripts verifying medical training will need to be submitted)
      Paramedic/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

      Hours of work experience Points

      0 - 400


      401 - 1,000


      1,001 - 1,500


      1,501 - 2,000




      Expired Licensure/Certification: You can earn 4 points for an expired licensure/certification but work experience points will not be awarded.


    (November 1, 2023-February 15, 2024)

    1) Become an MHCC Student

    Apply for General Admission if you are new to MHCC or returning after four (4) terms or more. Select AGS in Health Professions as your major. Please note it could take 1-2 business day to receive your MHCC ID number.

    2) Pay Application Fee ($35)

    Once you are ready to submit your application, pay online for the $35 non-refundable application fee. You will need to upload your payment receipt with your application.

    3) Submit Official Transcripts

    See Additional Transcript Considerations at the end of this page for more information.

    4) Apply to the Nursing Program

    Submit your nursing application and all required documents by February 15, 2024. To be eligible for the early application discretionary points, submit your application by January 12, 2024 (including official transcripts with fall 2023 grades). You will receive an application received confirmation email if submitted successfully.

    Phase 2 Selection Process (Spring 2024)

    Based on the point system, up to the top 175 applicants from Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2. You will find out your status by late March/early April.

    Phase 2 takes place in April and may include an essay, interview and other requirements which will be explained in detail if you are invited to Phase 2.

    From this selection process around 72 students are accepted every year between the fall and winter cohorts. You will not be able to choose which cohort you start with. You will be notified in May if you are accepted to the program for fall or winter term start, put on a waitlist or not accepted.

    Acceptance to the Program

    If you offered a seat in the program after Phase 2, you will be required to complete the following to keep your position in the program:

    • Complete all 45 prerequisite classes by the end of the summer term before beginning the program (if not completed at the time of application).
    • Attend the required orientation in late June (a specific date and time will be in your acceptance letter).
    • At orientation information and due dates will be given for the required immunizations, basic life support (BLS) certification, criminal background check and drug screen. These must be completed and turned in by the assigned due dates.

    Additional Transcript Considerations

    Transcripts must be issued directly from the institution where the course(s) were completed. Coursework showing as transferred from one college to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts should be sent via secure electronic delivery service (such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse) or directly from the school to: ar@mhcc.edu. E-transcripts cannot be sent by you to MHCC as they are not considered official. If submitting unopened official transcripts by mail, send to:

    Mt. Hood Community College - Nursing Application
    Admissions, Registration and Records
    26000 SE Stark St.
    Gresham OR 97030

    • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required from all institutions attended.
    • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
    • AP, CLEP, DSST or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for admission requirements and must be issued directly from College Board, DSST or International Baccalaureate (see credit alternatives) and sent directly to MHCC.
    • Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using to meet admission requirements and must first be evaluated by an outside credential service. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline for the program. For more information, visit: international transcript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
    • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file.