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Transfer Information

Students who have completed coursework at a college or university since leaving high school may submit their official academic transcripts for evaluation of transfer credit to Pacific College. Students with degrees from non-U.S. colleges and universities must submit an official translation to English and an evaluation prepared by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) member organization.

 

Pacific College accepts credit from regionally accredited institutions. It may also accept credits from institutions that are accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, provided that the quality of the institution and instruction can be verified.

 

The official descriptions of the courses submitted for consideration for transfer must be comparable to the coursework at Pacific College. Official course descriptions from the catalog of the college or university where credit was earned will be used to determine comparability and must be provided by the student during the evaluation process.

 

Only college-level credits will be considered for transfer. No remedial or developmental courses will be considered for transfer. Only courses with an earned grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher will be considered for transfer credit.

 

Pacific College has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.

Challenge Examinations

The maximum number of credits accepted for challenge examinations is 15-semester units. Recognized challenge examinations include:

  • Advanced Placement (AP);
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP);
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST);

 

Experiential Learning Credit

Pacific College does not grant credit for prior experiential learning except as required by law.

 

An undergraduate transfer applicant:

1. Must participate in the enrollment process with an Admissions Advisor

2. Submit a completed application for admission

3. Shall submit proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent

a. From an institution that meets the requirements of a state Department of Education or the United States Department of Education, or

b. From foreign coursework translated to English and evaluated by a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation   Services (NACES®) to be equivalent to a United States high school diploma, or

c. From a state-issued high school equivalency certificate received after passing any one of three high school equivalency tests recognized by the United States Department of Education: the General Educational Development (GED®) Test, provided by the GED Testing Service (GEDTS®); the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®), provided by Educational Testing Service (ETS); and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™), provided by CTB/McGraw-Hill.

4. Submit official academic transcripts to the Registrar’s Office for any coursework completed at a postsecondary institution.

5. Meet any program-specific entrance requirements as noted for a particular program of study

6. Complete an enrollment agreement and pay any fees due at time of enrollment

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Application Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements listed below have been established for all students:

1. Freshman Applicants

  • Must be a high school graduate from a regionally accredited high school, OR
  • Possess a General Educational Development Test proficiency certificate (GED), OR
  • Possess a High School Proficiency Certificate, AND
  • Must take a mathematics and English entrance assessment

2. Transfer applicants

  • 60 semester units of transferable college credit
  • Must have graduated from high school, passed a high school GED test, or received a Certificate of Proficiency from a State Department of Education to be accepted on a provisional basis
  • Applicants transferring from either regionally-accredited colleges and universities or schools accredited by an agency approved by the Department of Education are admitted as degree students provided their cumulative grade point average from all schools is 2.0 (C) or better
  • Applicants with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 (C) may be admitted on probationary status
  • Students who have documents from a foreign country must request a NACES credential evaluation agencies to determine eligibility
  • Applicants must take a mathematics and English assessment or show equivalent coursework.

3. Provisional Acceptance

Undergraduate students may take courses during provisional acceptance while the Registrar’s Office awaits official transcripts from:

  • All colleges and universities student has previously attended
  • Military documents
  • All examinations the student has taken including CLEP, AP, DANTES, and/or Excelsior College exams
  • High school transcripts (required if the student has less than 60 units transferable coursework from previously college-level institutions or if the student has never attended a college or university)
  • A GED or high school proficiency certificate may be submitted by students to complete this requirement.

If the Registrar’s Office does not receive all required documentation within three months of the date of admission, the students’ studies will be interrupted until all documents are received by the College. This interruption can affect financial aid eligibility.

4. For admission into the Associate of Science Degree programs, a successful pass rate on the entrance exam or equivalent assessment results from a California testing center is required. Determination of equivalency will be made by the Director of Education. Vocational Nursing students must pass the nurse entrance exam or its equivalency as determined by the Director of Education.

5. All Allied Health students must clear a criminal background check and complete an interview with the appropriate Program Director or Chair. Vocational Nursing students need to refer to the Pacific College Vocational Nursing Handbook regarding Admissions and Student Information and Services. Policies in the Vocational Nursing Handbook supersede those of the Pacific College catalog for Vocational Nursing students only.

Admissions Procedures For Vocational Nursing Program Diploma or Associate of Science Degree Program
  • Successful pass rate on the entrance exam or equivalent assessment results from a California testing center
  • Background Check
  • Proof of a recent Physical Examination
  • A completed application for admission
  • Proof of high school graduation, GED, or high school proficiency
  • Signed enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
  • Application fee
  • Acceptance of financial plan, if applicable
  • Personal interview; nursing students must have a second interview with the Director of Nursing or designee

 

If the Registrar’s Office does not receive all required documentation within three months of the date of admission, the students’ studies will be interrupted until all documents are received by the College. This interruption can affect financial aid eligibility.

All Allied Health students must clear a criminal background check and complete an interview with the appropriate Program Director or Chair. Vocational Nursing students need to refer to the Pacific College Vocational Nursing Handbook regarding Admissions and Student Information and Services. Policies in the Vocational Nursing Handbook supersede those of the Pacific College catalog for Vocational Nursing students only.

Admissions

If you are a caring and compassionate person and are interested in a healthcare career we look forward to talking with you about what Pacific College has to offer to help you reach your career potential. The steps below outline the admissions process that will help you get started on your new career today.

Since 1993, Pacific College has been one of Southern California’s premier nursing and vocational colleges. The College provides flexible programs for dedicated students who are looking for a stable career choice, good income, and the opportunity to start working in less than 2 years, unlike full-time universities which require over 4 years of education before getting a degree.

What To Expect During the Application Process

Schedule a visit to meet with an Admissions Representative to tour the facility and find out more about the programs and services offered by Pacific College

Provide proof of high school graduation or successful completion of the General Educational Development Test (GED)

Take the entrance exam

Schedule an appointment for a personal interview with the Director of Nursing (if applicable)

Schedule an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid Representative (if applicable).

Complete application forms including background check.

Complete enrollment forms.

Acceptance To The College

Upon completion of the required documents for admission, the College administration will review the information and offer the applicant a contract for enrollment, if s/he is accepted. If an applicant is not accepted, all fees paid are refunded except for fees for the entrance assessment, background check, and registration. Pacific College does not provide ESL instruction. Pacific College reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone.

Ability To Benefit Students

Pacific College does not admit ATB students as all programs require a high school diploma or equivalent for admissions.

Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

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Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

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Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) through May 10, 2022

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