College of Marin Nursing Program Review

The College of Marin (COM) gained its official name in 1947 after being named Marin Junior College when it was founded in 1926. Students that attend the college will have the opportunity to hold an Associate Degree in various fields of choice. They are also guaranteed entry into many specific University of California campuses based on the agreement established between these schools and the college.

There are 35 two-year vocational and career programs that prepare students for employment in various areas. The two campuses located at Kentfield and Indian Valley Campus have all the resources to attend the needs of their growing student body. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Registered Nursing (RN) Program

This is a two-year associate degree in nursing (ADN) program that equips students with the necessary knowledge to become active members in the health care profession. They will also be trained to be managers of care; apply critical thinking to various situations and develop cultural maturity to work with people from various backgrounds. The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. After successful completion they are eligible to sit licensure exams provided they meet all the requirements. They can then occupy roles as registered nurses in various health care settings. Applications should be directed to the Kentfield Campus.


All applicants must submit test scores for the ATI TEAS. The college only accepts Test Version V. Prior admission is necessary to obtain a Marin ID number that will be placed on the registered nurse application. Students must pass the 7 pre-requisite courses required by the school prior to submitting their applications. Students that completed some of these courses at another institution should complete the Substitution form to request consideration for these subjects. A background check will be performed on all applicants; however, those that believe that they will not pass a background check can explore other courses with an academic counselor. These courses should not require a background check. Other admission requirements include: drug screening, physical screening and immunization history along with others.


There are many nursing scholarships for students that have financial challenges. Some of these scholarships are institutional, whereas others are offered by external donors. The school also offers Federal Aid and State Aid to those that qualify. The Calwords Pell Grant Student Loans is one example of Federal Aid that is available to students that demonstrate dire need for financial assistance. Scholarships programs include:

1)     CNA Nursing Education Scholarship Fund

2)     Health Professions Education Foundation

3)     Kaiser Permanente

4)     National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

5)     National Black Nurses Association

6)     National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. (NFLPN)

7)     National League for Nursing (NLN)

8)     National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

9)     Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP)

10)     Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

11)     Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing

12)     The California Endowment Central Valley Nursing Scholarship Program

13)       U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Bureau of Health Professionals

College of Marin
835 College Avenue
CA 94904

Tel: (415) 457-8811

[wpgmza id=”146″]