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We are pleased that you are interested in the Nurse Assistant program at College of the Desert (COD). The program is approved by the California Department of Public Health. The links at the botto​m of the page include questions students most frequently ask and information that will provide answers for students.

If you still have questions after reading through the materials below please feel free to contact either the Health Sciences/Nursing Office at (760) 773-2579 or the Nursing counselor, Ana Stockwell, 760-776-7380 or email her at

The Nurse Assistant course (Health Sciences 064) is generally offered each fall and spring semester and currently has no separate application process for entry. Register as you would for any other class offered at COD. This is a 12-week program.

Due to the high demand and limited numbers of seats available, if you have not obtained at least a Level 2 registration priority it is highly unlikely that you will be able to register for this class (or even get on the waitlist). We suggest checking with the Partnership and Community Education (PACE) Office for any possible non-credit options. The California Department of Public Health provides listings of Approved Training Providers (select the Certified Nurse Assistant Training Programs) and other schools in California where CNA training can be found.

Nursing Assistant Certification

Students with qualifying hours in the RN or LVN programs are eligible to undergo examination for the Nursing Assistant certification.

Use the following links to pursue this option:

Mailing Address:

CA Dept. of Public Health
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

For all other counseling needs please call (760-773-2520) or visit the main Counseling Services office in the Administration building.​​​​​​​​​​