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Registered Nursing Program | Careers in Health | College of Marin

Career Options

  • Registered Nurse

Career Profile

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. More and more, nursing is taking place outside the hospital setting as efficiency efforts drive more routine care into the home.


  • Collaborate with many valued members of the health care team.
  • Work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and clinics.
  • May wear a uniform and safety gear (e.g., masks and gloves).
  • May work days, nights, weekends, or holidays.
  • Train for 2 to 3 years to achieve a foundation of knowledge.
  • Must take a national board exam and meet the requirements for licensing.
  • May obtain advanced nursing degrees, such as nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, or nursing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Associate Degree in Registered Nursing – 68.5 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Estimated Cost: $3,275 in tuition and fees plus $2,500 in books and supplies.
  • Qualifying students have the opportunity to dual enroll at University of Phoenix or Sonoma State:
    • Sonoma State accepts approximately 11 Registered Nursing students per year, cost less than $15K
    • Students have a guaranteed spot for University of Phoenix (100% online), cost approximately $16K

Why College of Marin?

  • 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.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your degree in Registered Nursing at College of Marin.


Health – Registered Nursing

  • Nursing Dept. (415) 485-9319
  • Angela Olmanson, Program Administrator (415) 485-9667

Registered Nursing Advisory Committee

Fran Brown, Kaiser Permanente | Helen Cortopassi, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital | Caran Cuneo, Marin County Workforce Investment | Gregory A. DeBourgh, University of San Francisco | Sarah Eydam, UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland | Cynthia Harrison, Health Workforce Initiative, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office | Annette Hensley, John Muir Behavioral Health | Peggy Hilden, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals | Roxanne Holms, John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek | Allan Jennings, San Quentin State Prison | Mark Kobe, Sonoma Valley Memorial Hospital | Karin Reece, Marin General Hospital | Pam Schribner, Marin Community Clinics | Jonalyn Wallace, Kaiser Permanente | Nikki West, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Office | Katie Wickes, Kaiser Permanente | Shira Wight, Kaiser Permanente | Diane Wills-Garner, Kaiser Permanente Oakland

Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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!)