Advanced Placement

Advanced placement is defined as entering the nursing program at a level beyond the first semester. Applications are available only during the application periods noted below.

The Nursing Department offers advanced placement opportunities that permit students to obtain credit for previous education or for other acquired knowledge in the field of nursing including military education and experience, Licensed Vocational Nurses, or other healthcare workers. A challenge exam may be required.

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Group information sessions are offered periodically throughout the year which provides an overview of all COD nursing programs (CNA, LVN, RN, & LVN-RN), pre-requisite courses, admissions process, application, cost, etc.​​​​​​ and a "question and answer" time.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Zoom Link for all sessions listed below

Tuesday, November 9th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Friday, December 3rd, 9:00 am-11:00am


For more information, please email NursingInfo@collegeofthedesert.edu

To view a pre-recorded information session, click here.

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Information sessions for Fall 2022 Cohorts will be via zoom https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98337113856

December 1, 2021 7:30pm-9:00pm

December 8, 2021 7:30pm-9:00pm

Eisenhower and College of the Desert have come together in a collaboration to benefit the LVNs, employed at Eisenhower.  

The Eisenhower/College of the Desert LVN to RN Program is designed for currently practicing LVNs, employed as a part-time or full-time LVN by Eisenhower Health . The program allows advance placement in the RN program. Placement is based on inidividual assessment of previous learning credit and qualifications. 

Admission to the RN program requires application to the program. Admission is based on multi-criteria points. Candidates with the most points will be offered a provisional seat in the program. Candidates are only eligible for multi-criteria points after eligibility criteria has been met. 

Prospective students not already enrolled at College of the Desert DO NOT need to apply to the college until AFTER they have been accepted into the Nursing Program. However, official transcripts must be submitted with the nursing application, which will also be used by the Admission and Records Office for the college application.

While Social Security Numbers are not required to take classes at COD, the facilities used by the Nursing Program for clinical instruction DO require them as part of their security clearance process. If you do not have a Social Security Number please contact the HS/Education office for further instructions. 

Eligibility criteria for the Eisenhower LVN to RN program includes: 

BIO-013: Anatomy & Physiology w/lab-4 units

BIO-014: Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab – 4 units

BIO-015 Microbiology w/lab – 4 units

Science GPA 2.5 (no grade less than C)

Science courses must be within 10 years

No more than two repeats in the sciences in the last 7 years.

ENG-001A: College level transferable English course that includes a research component – 3 semester units

Unencumbered LVN License

Employed as a part-time or full-time LVN by Eisenhower Health

IV Certification is required for challenging second semester.

In addition to eligibility and prerequisite requirements, once a student is registered, further items are required to begin courses and clinical rotations. You will receive information on how to complete these items once admitted to the program.

Valid Social Security card
Valid Government ID
Clear background check
Clear drug screen
Malpractice Insurance
Physical Exam
Communicable disease clearance (titers & Vaccinations)
Current American Heart Association CPR card
Meet core performance standards
TEAS exam with a score of 62 or greater

** Please note: This partnership does not have any impact on registration priority. Prerequisite registration is not guaranteed. Priority for registration cannot be modified. **

All grades must be posted and included with the application in order to receive points. 

Applications are only available during application periods.

Fall 2022 - Application open January 5 -January 31

Spring 2023 - Application open July 1- July 29

All future applications for the RN program will be available in January for fall admissions and in July for spring admissions.

Begining in January, applications will be digital with automated responses. Please make sure to read the instructions thoroughly before beginning the application. The application will take approximately 1 hour to complete and must be completed at one time (no save option). 

Applications for the Fall 2022 advance placement cohorts are DUE January 31st by 5pm.

The first Eisenhower LVN to RN cohort will be in Fall 2022. Stats for admissions will be available in March 2022.

The LVN to RN Program is designed for currently practicing LVNs. The program allows advance placement in the RN program. Placement is based on inidividual assessment of previous learning credit and qualifications. 

The program is two to three (2-3) semesters in total, depending on assessment of student credit and qualifications.

Admission to the RN program requires application to the program. Admission is based on multi-criteria points. Candidates with the most points will be offered a provisional seat in the program. Candidates are only eligible for multi-criteria points after eligibility criteria has been met. 

Prospective students not already enrolled at College of the Desert DO NOT need to apply to the college until AFTER they have been accepted into the Nursing Program. However, official transcripts must be submitted with the nursing application, which will also be used by the Admission and Records Office for the college application.

While Social Security Numbers are not required to take classes at COD, the facilities used by the Nursing Program for clinical instruction DO require them as part of their security clearance process. If you do not have a Social Security Number please contact the HS/Education office for further instructions. 

Eligibility criteria for the LVN to RN program includes: 

  • BIO-013: Anatomy & Physiology w/lab-4 units
  • BIO-014: Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab – 4 units
  • BIO-015 Microbiology w/lab – 4 units
  • Science GPA 2.5 (no grade less than C)
  • Science courses must be within 10 years
  • No more than two repeats in the sciences in the last 7 years.
  • ENG-001A: College level transferable English course that includes a research component – 3 semester units
  • Unencumbered LVN License
  • IV Certification required to challenge second semester. 

In addition to eligibility and prerequisite requirements, once a student is registered, further items are required to begin courses and clinical rotations. You will recieve information on how to complete these items once admitted to the program.

  • Valid Social Security card
  • Valid Government ID
  • Clear background check
  • Clear drug screen
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Physical Exam
  • Communicable disease clearance (titers & Vaccinations)
  • Current American Heart Association CPR card
  • Meet core performance standards
  • TEAS exam with a score of 62 or greater

All grades must be posted and included with the application in order to receive points. 

Applications are only available during application periods.

Fall 2022 - Application open January 3-January 31

Spring 2023 - Application open July 1- July 29

All future applications for the RN program will be available in January for fall admissions and in July for spring admissions.

Applications for the Fall 2022 advance placement cohorts are DUE January 31st by 5pm.

The addmision stats for the period of October 2021 (entrance for Spring 22) are as follows:

Number of applicants - 34

Number of eligible applicants - 30

Highest Score - 62

Lowest Score - 12

Median Score - 44

Applicants admitted - 0

We were unable to take in a cohort as previously planned due to staffing challenges.

 

"Transfer student" is defined as students who have already been enrolled in a BRN approved nursing program and are changing schools.

Applications are only available during the application period.

Admissions for transfer students are only considered based on space available and admission is not guaranteed.

Applications are available during the months of March and April. Applications for Fall admission are due by April 15th. 

Send or deliver to:

Director of Nursing - BNC 4
RN Transfer Application 
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

 

Registered Nurses from outside the USA needing to fulfill California Board of Registered Nursing requirements.

* Please note: COD nursing courses are NOT structured as individual classes in a particular content area, such as Obstetrics or Mental Health. The various content areas are incorporated within the different semester groups.

Upon acceptance, students will be placed in the semester group that best meets their needs as defined by their letter from the Board of Registered Nursing.

Applications are available during the months of March and April. Applications for Fall admission are due by April 15th. 

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Send or deliver to:

Director of Nursing - BNC 4
RN Transfer Application 
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

 

The College of the Desert’s Nursing program wants to provide military trained healthcare personnel with the opportunity to earn advanced placement in the nursing program. 

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic), or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4NOX1C) may achieve advanced placement upon review and approval from the School of Nursing program Director. Documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation is required. Addmision is contingent upon space available as well as successful completion of the challenge exam, dosage calculation exam, and skills competency evaluation.

  • Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associates Degree Nursing program, including a minimal GPA of 2.5, completion of designated prerequisites and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score of 62%.
  • Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing program is contingent upon space availability, skills competency (determined after meeting with the Program Director), 75% or above on the Challenge Exam, and 100% on a dosage calculation quiz.
  • Military Challenge students applying to the Associate Degree Nursing program after failure at another school will need a letter from the Program Director at the previous school indicating that the applicant was in good standing upon departure from that program.
  • Applicant must submit DD214 with Application.

Interested candidates must request an appointment with the Program Director at least 8 weeks prior to the application period to discuss eligibility requirements for the Associates Degree Nursing Program.

Challenge applicants applying for transfer credit must submit the following materials verifying education and experience:

  • Official transcripts from appropriate education program(s) demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience;
  • At least one letter of recommendation, official transcripts, and DD214 form
  • Documentation of work and educational experience
  • After a review of the applicant’s documentation, and upon determination that the applicant has met the educational and experience requirements, as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements, the student will be required to take a written challenge examination, a competency skills evaluation, and a dosage calculation exam.
  • The following materials will be available to the applicant once challenge confirmation is made:
    • Course syllabus, including course objectives
    • Content outline
    • Bibliography and textbook list
    • Example of style and format of examination
  • Written and skills competency examinations for advanced placement challenge must be completed eight weeks prior to admission to the program, unless waived by the Director of the Nursing Program.
  • Advanced Placement will be granted if applicant meets minimum requirements equivalent to those required of students enrolled in the actual course.

 

Applicants who are currently licensed Vocational Nurses in California and desire to complete courses required for RN licensure may select the 30-Unit Option. This is a non-degree option. Upon successful completion of this program of study, the student may apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure. The student will be licensed as a non-degree candidate. This option is recognized in California and there is no restriction to practice. However, states other than California may not recognize this educational track as preparation for licensure.

Application for 30-Unit Option: Schedule appointment with the Director of Nursing, who will then provide application form after meeting with applicant.

All nursing and allied health students participating in an acute care rotation are required to have a clear background check. Background checks can be paid for at the COD Bursar's Office and the receipt brought to the Nursing Office for processing.

All students must be medically screened, prior to the first day of the term. Screening will include a physical examination, TB testing, blood tests (titers) which show definitive immunity to communicable disease, and drug & alcohol screening. Students who do not clear the screenings will be unable to complete clinicals. Students are responsible for all associated fees.

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.

 

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