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VOCATIONAL NURSING

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 information below contains the questions (and hopefully the answers) that prospective students most frequently ask.

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) 773-2578 or the Nursing counselor, Ana Stockwell, 760-776-7380 or email her at astockwell@collegeofthedesert.edu

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

LVN Transition to RN program information:

See Advanced Placement link to the left.

NURSING INFORMATION SESSIONS:

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.) See below for dates as they become scheduled.

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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Nov 15, 20183:00 PMPD - Nursing Rm 4
Dec 05, 201811:00 AMPD - Nursing Rm 9
  • VN Application (Available June 1, 2019, and ends June 21st at 4:00 PM)
  • 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.

  • Complete brochure

  • LVN uniform info [link info currently under revision]  Most other basic equipment is available at the COD Bookstore

Current Nursing Students

Please check Canvas and your instructor's web page for ongoing information and updates concerning class supplements, handouts, and announcements.

Current Nursing Handbook