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.
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.
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.
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:
The RN license is awarded by the California State Board of Registered Nursing (www.rn.ca.gov) 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.
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: www.accjc.org
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.
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
This link Computer Information ( 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.