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Health Sciences & Education

Dr. Courtney Doussett​, Dean (Interim) - BNC 2 
                   cdoussett@collegeofthedesert.edu
     Gary Plunckett, Director of Kinesiology and Athletics - Kine 102C               
                   gplunkett@collegeofthedesert.edu
     Carol Scobie, Director of Nursing & Allied Health - BNC 5     
                   cscobie@collegeofthedesert.edu
     Dianne Russom, Director of McCarthy Childcare Center 
                   drussom@collegeofthedesert.edu
           Judy Howard, Administrative Assistant, Kinesiology & Athletics, Kine 102
                   juhoward@collegeofthedesert.edu
           Jill Buttles, Athletics Program Assistant, Kine 102
                   jbuttles@collegeofthedesert.edu
           Mark Demry, Administrative Assistant, Nursing, Health Sciences, & Early Childhood, BNC 2
                   mdemry@collegeofthedesert.edu
           Korina Vargas, Nursing Programs Assistant, BNC9
                   kovargas@collegeofthedesert.edu

Health Sciences and Education includes Nursing, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Childhood Development & Education, and Athletics programs/courses. These educational pathways include both theoretical instruction on campus and clinical experience in local facilities.

Use links at left for more specific information about Nursing programs, the Health Sciences degree, CDE, and Kinesiology/Athletics.

Health Sciences does not offer medically related technician (surgical, dental, X-ray, ultrasound, etc.) or therapist type courses at this time. 

  • Prospective students not already enrolled at College of the Desert DO NOT need to apply to the college until AFTER they have been accepted into the Nursing Program. However, official transcripts must be submitted with the nursing application, which will also be used by the Admission and Records Office for the college application.

  • While Social Security Numbers are not required to take classes at COD, the facilities used by the Nursing Program for clinical instruction DO require them as part of their security clearance process. Social Security Numbers are also required for licensing and/or certification examinations at the completion of the various healthcare programs. If you do not have a Social Security Number please contact the HS/Education office for further instruction.

  • The McCarthy Child Development and Training center serves children 12 months to 5 years old. It is state funded providing care for school hours as well as breakfast, lunch, and/or snack depending on the hours of care. Parents must provide income eligibility and need of services. Please call 760-862-1308 for more information.

  • If any student feels they are being treated unfairly, there is a grievance procedure outlined in the college catalog. Specific complaints directed to Faculty, Staff, Director, or Dean will not be entertained if anonymous.


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