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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, Evelyn Trejo, 760-776-7415 or email her at​

The Nurse Assistant course (Health Sciences 064) is offered every semester and currently has no separate application process for entry. Register as you would for any other class offered at COD. This is a 6-unit course and costs the same per unit as any other COD course. It is a 12-week program.

  • The LiveScan will be done during the first class meeting for registered students. 

  • Students must come to the first class meeting with a valid government issued ID.

  • A current BLS card issued by the American Heart Association must be brought to the first class meeting.

  • A basic physical exam​ with proof of recent 2-step TB test, and flu shot must be done within 90 days prior to the first class meeting.                                                 

  • Background check and drug screening​​ must be completed within 30 days before the first class meeting. 

Drug Screening and Background Checks

The affiliation agreements with the clinical facilities regulated by the Joint Commission (TJC) require that all students have a clear drug screening and background check prior to each clinical rotation. If not, the student may not be allowed to participate in patient care at a clinical agency, which would prevent the student from completing the nursing program. Students are advised that an acceptable background check done for the clinical facilities does not guarantee the background check conducted by State Boards at the time of application for licensure or certification will be found acceptable. Background checks displaying discrepancies will be reviewed by the Nursing Director and facility assigned to determine if you are eligible to continue within the program.

All students will also be medically screened prior to the first day of clinical by the Employee Health Department of the assigned facility. Screening will include a physical elxamination, TB testing, flu shot, blood tests (titers) which show definitive immunity to communicable disease, and drug and alcohol screening.
  • All above requirements must be completed before the first class meeting, including late add and students "crashing" the course.

NO students will be added to the course after the first class meeting

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