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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 COD Nursing Counselor Ana Stockwell's Office at (760) 776-7380- astockwell@collegeofthedesert.edu or the Health Sciences/Nursing Office at (760) 773-2578.  You can also attend one of the information sessions scheduled during the semester. 


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 2016 Nursing Info Sessions:

No appointment necessary.

Thursday, November 10th – 4:00pm, Palm Desert, Nursing 6

Monday, December 5th – 12:00pm, Palm Desert, Nursing 4



  •  ​VN Application Packet (Available June 1, 2017 and ends June 21st at 5:00 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.


Nursing Study Lounge:

Room N1, the study room, is available for scheduling through Canvas. If you have any questions, please contact the Skills Lab Coordinator. 

LVN Transition to RN program information:

See Advanced Placement link in above left column.


All nursing and allied health students participating in an acute care rotation will be medically screened, prior to the first day of clinical by the Employee Health Department of the assigned facility.  Screening may include a physical examination, TB testing, blood tests which show definitive immunity to communicable disease, and will include drug screening (including alcohol).  See Facilities Links (in column at left) for health screening and background clearance information for your clinical site. Students who do not clear the screening will be dropped from the program.  Onboarding is usually conducted in the last two weeks before starting your clinical rotation so please do not make out of town plans for that time period.  Missing Onboarding will result in being removed from the program.
2016 Fall onboarding:  Yet to be determined.  Please check back often to see updates.


Nursing student ID Cards will be available at the ASCOD office at the beginning of each semester. Please note the ASCOD office staff will be strictly adhering to schedule. Please contact the School of Health Sciences and Education office if you have questions.
Want to know how COD students compare to other programs? 
Check for California LVN pass rates on the NCLEX.

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 separate from an application packet will not be retained by the division (they will be shredded). Please call if you have questions regarding this requirement.




All students attending COD will obtain a COD email address upon registering. We strongly advise activating this as soon as possible since this address will be used for all official notifications.  Once activated, there is also an option to have emails automatically forwarded to another email address for your convenience.

Current Nursing Students:

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

Current VN Handbook:

Handbook VN 16-17final.pdf​​