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College of Marin’s Registered Nursing program prepares you for entry into the nursing profession and serves as a foundation for advanced nursing studies.

The program’s core concepts emphasize the competencies that RNs are expected to demonstrate in practice:  patient-centered care, clinical judgment/evidenced-based practice, teamwork and collaboration, safety, informatics, and professionalism.

The program’s integrated processes include: nursing process, health promotion, caring, teaching, pharmacological therapies, cultural diversity, nutrition and leadership. Graduates are prepared for entry-level practice in a variety of healthcare settings.



Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

Registered nurses are in high demand all across the country. Nursing skills are in far greater demand as a result of the new federal health care legislation.

JOB TITLE: Registered Nurse

  • Annual Earnings: $80,510 to $169,200
  • What They Do: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. RNs Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. They may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration is required.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200


Health – Registered Nursing Program
(415) 485-9319


Why Choose College of Marin for Registered Nursing?

  • You can complete your Associate and Bachelor Degrees at the same time – your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). COM offers these concurrent options together with Sonoma State University and Phoenix University.
  • COM has wide opportunities for multiple clinical sites throughout rotations resulting in extremely diverse clinical experience: CPMC, CHO (Childrens Hospital of Oakland), Zuckerberg General Hospital (SFZGH), Marin General, Kentfield Rehab, Kaiser Permanente, Aurora Behavioral, and John Muir Hospital.
  • 89% of students are hired within 9 months of graduating.
  • COM has a great relation with many Bay Area hospitals, including: Kaiser Permanente, CPMC St Luke’s, Marin General Hospital, Kaiser facilities, Kentfield Rehab, John Muir Hospital, Aurora Behavioral, Zuckerberg General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Oakland.
  • You’ll find amazing instructors; professors have real-world experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

How long does it take to earn the Associate Degree?

Completing the Associate Degree in Nursing takes 2 years — this program is proscribed (i.e. no flexibility).

What is the schedule like for earning my degree in nursing?

Clinical placements require day and evening scheduling Monday through Sunday. Because the clinical rotations are scheduled on both days and evenings, it is strongly recommended that all course requirements for registered nursing licensure and the Associate of Science degree be taken prior to entry into the program.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)