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Multi-Criteria 1

Does my Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree need to be in a specific subject to receive the points?

No, your degree can be in any subject area as long as it is from an accredited university. All Bachelor’s degrees will receive 15 points and all Associate’s degrees will receive 10 points.

Multi-Criteria 2

Do transcripts have a recency?

No. As long as the transcripts you submit have all of your prerequisites on them.

Do I need to submit transcripts if I took all of my courses at College of Marin?

No. If all prerequisite courses were taken at COM, you do not need to submit anything.

What if I already submitted my Petition for Substitution form and transcripts previously? Do I need to redo it?

No, they are kept on file. The only exception is if you have taken any NEW courses or received a new degree.

What if I repeated one of the core biology (anatomy, physiology, microbiology), which grade will count?

The most recent grade attempted will be used in the GPA calculation. 

What if I withdrew from one of my prerequisites?

Withdrawals will not be counted against you.

What if I repeat my English, or Chemistry?

For GPA calculations of prerequisites, the most recent grade attempted will be used in the GPA calculation.

Will high school chemistry grades count?

No. Would need to be a high school AP chemistry score to satisfy the prerequisite.

Will a high school AP scores count?

Yes. A passing high school AP score will count as a graduation requirement as well as satisfy your RN program prerequisite(s). However, it will not go into your GPA calculation. Valid AP scores, do not expire.

What grades go into the minimum GPA calculation?

The 2.0 minimum GPA is calculated using only the relevant and recent coursework.

What if I have prerequisite courses in progress in the Fall?

If enrolled in any of the prerequisite courses in the Fall, you will need to apply after grades are posted at the end of the semester.

There is no preference given to the order in which the applications are received.

What if I took a class that is higher than the prerequisite?

The higher class will be counted towards the prerequisite requirements, however, will not be counted in your GPA calculation. No grade will be entered for GPA 

If I am reapplying do I need to update my Petition for Substitution form? 

No, your course equivalency is still on file.

EXCEPTION: If you retook any courses for a higher grade or received a degree at another college or university you must resubmit an updated Petition for Substitution form.

Multi-Criteria 3

What if I have an I-797 Notice of Action for refugee status that is pending?

It will not be accepted. Your I-797 Notice of Action must be approved or granted in order to receive points in the multi-criteria. 

What does First Generation to attend college mean?

NCES defines First-generation students as those whose parents’ highest level of education is a high school diploma or less. In cases where parents have different levels of education, the maximum education level of either parent determines how the student is categorized. 

What if I am an active military member, will I receive points in the veteran category?

No. You must have received a Defense form DD-214 Honorable Discharge for veteran status and to receive points in the multi-criteria.

Multi-Criteria 4

I am fluent in another language but have never taken a course to show fluency because I am a native speaker. How can I receive these points?

You can submit a letter written on official letterhead from a professor or work supervisor stating that you are a fluent speaker of that language.

Multi-Criteria 5

Can I take the TEAS more than once?

No. We will only accept the first attempt within the last 365 days. If you fail your first attempt you will be required to set up a remediation plan with the Registered Nursing Program, email nursing@marin.edu. If you pass, you can continue to use that score until ATI introduces a new version OR you can retake the TEAS for a higher score, but only after the 365 days is up from the first attempt. 

Does the TEAS exam have to be taken proctored in person or can it be taken proctored online?

Both options are accepted,

How do I order the official ATI transcripts?

Visit the ATI Testing website and send transcripts to College of Marin.

How should I study for the TEAS exam?

Please visit https://www.atitesting.com/teas-prep and follow ATI’s study and practice material. There also are ATI study guides available for use in the COM library.

If I took the TEAS exam previously, does my score expire?

If you have taken the CURRENT TEAS exam (the edition released in 2016) then your score is good for as long as that version of the exam stays current. If ATI comes out with a new version of the TEAS then you would need to take the new version.

Is College of Marin offering the TEAS exam?

Due to COVID-19 we will NOT be administering the TEAS exam on College of Marin's campus. To schedule an exam please connect with ATI directly to take the test: Link to ATI website


What time does the application close?

The application closes February 1st at 11:59pm.

What happens in the event of a tie in the multi-criteria admissions?

In the event of a tie, a personal statement, interview and/or lottery will be used at the discretion of the Registered Nursing Addmissions team. 

What is the 90/10 rule with regards to the multi-criteria admissions?

90% of the admitted students will come from the multi-criteria =39 students 10% will be from a lottery= 4 students 

  • The RN program can accept 39 students, and an additional 4 if the COM RN program receives the enrollment grant, totaling 43 spots in the program.
  • The enrollment opportunities are subject to change dependent on priority enrollment for returning students.

Will I receive notification of the points I received?

Yes. You will be notified in your evaluation letter after the closing of the application review of all applications. Applications will not be reviewed prior to the closing of the application.

When will the acceptance notifications be sent out?

Acceptances will be sent out starting the beginning of May and continue through the summer semester, until the cohort is full. 

General Questions

Are there admissions during the spring semester?

No, admissions are only held for the fall semester.

Do you offer the OB, Pediatric and Mental Health courses separately?

No, the Registered Nursing program is accepted by application only and is a 2 year program. The program does not currently have the space for individual classes.