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Program Information

The program which prepares you to become a Registered Nurse is covered in four sequential semesters, with a broad exposure to both nursing and the liberal arts. You will concentrate on learning the general and specific health care needs of people of all ages, from birth, adolescence, child-bearing years through older adulthood, in medical, obstetric, surgical and psychiatric situations. We balance classroom theory and campus laboratory practice, with a special emphasis on clinical experience in selected hospitals and health care agencies in the Bay Area.

Essential Requirements for Nursing Program

Nursing is a practice discipline which involves physical, mental and interpersonal demands. The physical demands include lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, twisting, bending, use of the senses, and fine motor skills. Mental demands include concentration, problem solving, attention, organization, managing emotions during stress, memory, judgment, following written & verbal directions. Interpersonal skills involve cooperation, social skills, and communication skills. The workplace is fast paced, involves use of technology with frequent exposure to blood and body fluids, odors, dust, chemicals and noise.

Employment Opportunities

Your education provides you with the knowledge and nursing skills required to practice in a wide variety of settings. R.N.'s are employed in acute care and long term care hospitals, community agencies, home care agencies, public and private facilities, and in direct and indirect patient care. For more information, view the Employment Forecast.

Enrollment Procedures

36 students are enrolled in the program each fall. Only applicants who qualify by meeting the program prerequisites as outlined will be considered. See Enrollment Procedures and the College of Marin academic catalog for complete information. Students are encouraged to meet with a college counselor to plan their course of study. A selection committee reviews applications to determine that requirements have been met.

Minimum Requirements

Completion of all pre-requisites with a “C” or better. A composite score of at least 72%, a “C” or better in all coursework required for licensure. Volunteer or work experience in a health related environment or field. A health clearance and background check will be required by clinical agencies. All materials submitted by the closing deadline. All applicants are bound by any new admission requirements.

Transfer & Challenge

Licensed Vocational Nurses and other health care workers are provided the opportunity to obtain credit for nursing courses through challenge exams, portfolio assessment and credit for equivalent courses. Advanced Placement for Transfer & Challenge Applicants is on a space available basis. See Transfer & Challenge Enrollment Procedures for complete information.

Thirty Unit Option

Licensed Vocational Nurses wishing to meet Board of Registered Nursing requirements only, must complete nineteen semester units of nursing and ten semester units of science, including physiology and microbiology. Contact the Nursing Office for procedural details.

RN License, AS Degree & Transfer Opportunities

The Associate in Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of the BRN content for licensure and College of Marin graduation requirements. Eligibility to take the RN licensing examination may be met by any of the following:

  • a) completion of BRN content for licensure,
  • b) completion of (a) and COM graduation requirements,
  • c) completion of 30 unit option- for LVN's only.

The RN license is awarded by the California State Board of Registered Nursing ( upon satisfactory completion of the NCLEX® RN examination. This examination is in addition to all examinations for course work given by the College.

Units earned are fully transferable to the university toward the bachelor's (B.S.) degree and higher, for broader career opportunities in the field of health care and administration and teaching.

Program Costs

College of Marin offers a broad program of financial aid to assist students who meet the economic guidelines with their educational expenses. More Info


The College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato CA 94949, (415)506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Deptartment of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee composed of health care professionals, and local citizens work with the College in planning the course of study to meet the needs of the community.

Application Procedure

Applications are accepted for Fall, starting January 2nd. Application deadline is: February 1st. Application forms are available on the website at "Enrollment Procedures".

               Mail or bring your application in a sealed envelope to:

                                College of Marin
                           Attention: RN Program
                           Admissions and Records Dept.
                           835 College Avenue
                           Kentfield, CA 94904.

Computer Information

This link Computer Information (download PDF of Enrollment Procedures PDF) provides information on basic computer skills and computer courses; suggestions on buying and configuring a home computer or  laptop. Good computer skills will help the student succeed in the College of Marin Nursing Program.


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Important numbers

Admissions 415. 457. 8811 x7722
Bookstore 415. 485. 9394
Counseling Office 415. 485 .9432
Financial Aid 415. 485 .9409
Student Health Center 415. 485. 9458
Testing Office 415. 485. 9469
RN Program 415. 485. 9319
EDPS & Tutoring 415. 485. 9605
Disabled Students Program & Services 415. 485. 9406

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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