College of Marin Nursing will NO LONGER have a 7 year recency requirement for core biology courses (Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology) starting Fall 2021 admissions 

Due to Covid-19: For the Fall 2021 application cycle only, we will accept online courses for all prerequisites, including those with an online lab component from an accredited institution, to be vetted by Enrollment Services.


For this upcoming application cycle, College of Marin Nursing will be continuing with the seven-year recency requirement for all core biology courses. These courses include Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. These courses must have been completed within seven years of applying to the program, measuring from December of the year the application opens. For this upcoming application cycle (November 1, 2019 – February 1, 2020) this means core biologys must have been completed no earlier than December 2012. Courses older than this will not meet the recency requirement. If you have questions regarding this requirement, or other criteria of the admissions process, please meet with a COM counselor to review your application: (415) 485-9432

The Program has established five prerequisite courses that MUST be completed prior to application to the Program.  The five 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


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

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

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

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

5. CHEMISTRY: One four or five (semester) unit college credit course in chemistry (Chem 110, or Chem 114 or 115).

Program Corequisites

Co-requisite Courses Required for RN Licensure
  • COMMUNICATION: 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, or 105
  • 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.

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. 

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 applying to the Nursing Program. 
  1. U.S. Transcripts (from educational institutions other than COM)
    • Download and complete the Petition for Course Substitution form here
    • 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 ccourseworkis deemed to be comparable to that of classes taught in fully accredited U.S. colleges and universities.