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Program Requisites

See the current Class Schedule for more information on the following:


A.  Course Prerequisites Completion

No student may enroll in the Program unless he/she has successfully completed certain courses.  It is premature for a student to submit an application package if the student cannot complete all course prerequisites for enrollment in the Program by  BY TIME OF APPLICATION to the program for the following Fall admission.

B.  Course Grades

Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses.  This means the student must receive a letter grade of “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses for entry into the Program.  Grades of “C minus,” “Credit/no credit,” or “pass/no pass” grades are not accepted. All Nursing courses required for licensure which have been completed prior to admission must also be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

C.  7 Course Prerequisites

The Program has established seven prerequisite courses that MUST be completed prior to application to the Program.  The seven prerequisite courses are listed below. The prerequisite courses are designed to assure that students who are accepted into the Program have the necessary skills, concepts, and/or information to pass the Registered Nursing courses and achieve academic success in the Program

The Prerequisite courses for entrance into the Program are:

1. NE 90, Introduction to Nursing Education and Practice (See COM schedule for class dates and enrollment information).

2. CHEMISTRY: One four or five (semester) unit college credit course in chemistry (Chem 110, or Chem 114 or 115). A year of high school chemistry may be accepted. Must be taken for a letter grade.

3. ANATOMY:  One four or five (semester) credit unit college human anatomy course with laboratory (Biology 120). Must be taken for a letter grade.

4. PHYSIOLOGY:  One four or five (semester) credit unit college human physiology course (Biology 224), with laboratory. Must be taken for a letter grade.

5. MATH:  Math 101 or College of Marin math assessment test qualifying for Math 103 (challenge option). Effective Fall 2009 Math 103 is the college graduation requirement.

6. ENGLISH:  English 150.   Effective fall 2009. Must be taken for a letter grade.

7. MICROBIOLOGY: One four or five (semester) credit unit college microbiology course (Biology 240), with laboratory. Must be taken for a letter grade.

In addition to completing the above required prerequisite courses, the College of Marin strongly recommends that students who seek entry into the Program take two additional courses that will help them prepare for Nursing Instruction.  These courses are referred to as “advisory” courses and are described below.

The Advisory courses that are strongly recommended for entrance into the Program are:

     NE 95: Effective Strategies for Success in the Registered Nursing Program

     CIS 101:  Introduction to Personal Computers and Operating Systems

D.  Program Corequisites

Co-Requisite Courses Required for RN Licensure

  • SPEECH: 110, 120, 122, 128,130 or 132
  • PSYCHOLOGY: 110 and 112, or 114
  • 3 units from ANTHROPOLOGY 102, 103, 208, or SOCIOLOGY 110, 140

Co-Requisite Courses Required for General Education Degree

 Waived for students with a Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institutions

  • American Institutions 3 Units
  • Humanities 3 Units
  • Physical Education 1 Units
  • Cross Cultural Studies 3 Units
  • Communication and Analytical Thinking 3 Units
Students are strongly encouraged to take these courses prior to entering the program. Clinical rotations are on days and evenings leaving little time to enroll in required co-requisite courses.

E.  Courses completed at other  institutions

It is not necessary to take all the prerequisites at the College of Marin.  If you took some or all of the prerequisite courses at another college and you are considering transferring these courses to Marin, please follow Procedures for Substitution of Courses for the College of Marin Registered Nursing program below.

Prerequisite courses taken at institutions other than the College of Marin must be evaluated prior to acceptance into the Nursing Program. 

  1. U.S. Transcripts (from educational institutions other than COM)
    1. Download and complete the Petition for Course Substitution form here
    2. Mail completed form with official transcripts to: College of Marin - Enrollment Services (Attn: RN Application, 835 College Ave, Kentfield CA 94904)
  2. Foreign Colleges Transcripts
    Transcripts from foreign colleges and universities will be accepted only when evaluated by UC, CSU, or an evaluating service recognized by College of Marin.
    • The service recommended by the college is:
      International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
      P.O. Box 3665
      Culver City, CA 90231
      Tel: 310.258.9451

      Credit will be granted when the academic level of the course work is deemed to be comparable to that of classes taught in fully accredited U.S. colleges and universities.


Registered Nursing web page
Technical Contact: Angela Olmanson, Administrative Assistant to Dean of Health Sciences, 415.485.9319
Content Responsible:
Marshall Alameida, Dean of Health Sciences