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The COVID pandemic presents a fluid situation. At this time we are pausing admissions and applications for all programs.  Please continue to visit this webpage for future updates, as they become available.​​

Nursing is an exciting and challenging profession of responsibility, integrity, and personal growth. Nursing provides an essential service to others, involving the care of people, sick and well. As career professionals, nurses are dedicated individuals who have committed themselves to improving the quality of health care for others.

The COD Vocational Nursing Program was first approved to begin on August 16, 1965 and was followed up on December 7, 1966 for accreditation by the State of California Board of Vocational Nursing.

We expect that you will take advantage of the information provided on these pages before calling with questions.

If you still have questions after reading through the materials below please feel free to contact either the He​alth Sciences/Nursing Office at (760) 773-2579 or the Nursing counselor, Evelyn Trejo, 760-776-7415 or email her at​

You can also attend one of the information sessions scheduled during the semester.

Information Sessions​​​​​​​

The sessions cover all COD nursing programs (CNA, LVN, RN, & LVN-RN): pre-requisite courses, admissions process, application, cost, etc.​​​​​​

All upcoming Information Sessions will be held virtually, on Zoom. For more information, including a zoom link please email

Monday, October 26 @ 4:30 pm

Thursday, November 12 @ 12:00 pm

Monday, November 23 @ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, December 2 @ 5:30 pm

Tuesday, December 22 @ 3:00 pm

Application Packet for Fall 2021​ (Hopefully available in June, depending on the temporary closure conditions).

  • Please mail your application to Admissions & Records, through regular mail. Make copies of all your documents for your records. You will receive an email within a week confirming that your application was received. 

LVN Transition to RN program information:

See Advanced Placement link at top of the blue column at left.


Group information sessions are offered periodically during the spring semester to provide an overview of the nursing programs and a 'question and answer' time. 

Session availability is contingent upon nursing advisor availability.  

Come and Find Out...

  • What prerequisite courses are needed
  • How to apply
  • Program particulars
  • Job particulars
  • Bring your questions!

Upcoming Nursing Info Sessions:

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  • VN Reinstatement Form​​​. (Only available last three weeks of the semester)

For VN1 and VN3, forms should be submitted in May. For VN2, December.

Health and Background Screening:

All nursing and allied health students participating in a clinical rotation are required to have a clear background check. Background checks can be paid for at the COD Bursar's Office.

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.

In addition to screening prior to the start of each clinical experience, students may be subject to testing for cause; such as slurred speech, impaired physical coordination, inappropriate behavior, or pupillary changes.

All students will also be medically screened, prior to the first day of clinical by the Employee Health Department of the assigned facility. The screening will include a physical examination, TB testing, flu shot, blood tests (titers) which show definitive immunity to communicable disease, and drug and alcohol screening.

Students are responsible for all associated fees.

Onboarding is normally conducted in the month prior to the clinical rotation. Students MUST be available during that time. Missing onboarding may result in being dropped from the program. Students are required to have a new attestation form filled out by the Nursing Program Assistant every semester of the nursing program.

GENERAL INFORMATION: (Click on titles below)

Applicants are advised to not submit official transcripts to this division unless you are submitting an application packet. Official transcripts received separately from an application packet will not be retained by the division (they will be shredded). Please call if you have questions regarding this requirement.

​Current Nursing Students

Please check Canvas and with your instructor for ongoing information and updates concerning class supplements, handouts, and announcements.

Current Nursing Handbook

Nursing Handbook 2020-21​

Want to know how COD students compare to other programs?​

View the pass rates of the California NCLEX exam​.