Nursing Assistant

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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) 773-2578 or

To make an appointment to see the Nursing Counselor please email Be sure to include your full name, availability, phone number and student ID (if applicable). Alternatively, you can also call us directly at 760-773-2578 to make an appointment


Beginning Fall 2023, Registration for the Nurse Assistant Program will be through an application process. Applications are open and has been extended through June 23, 2023 @ 5pm.

Application can be located in the "General Admission Information" Tab

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The Nurse Assistant course (Health Sciences 064) is offered every semester including summer. This is a 6-unit course and costs the same per unit as any other COD course. It is a 12-week course.

The course will include both classroom and clinical settings. Multiple program requirements are due on the first day of class. If requirements are not complete and submitted by the first day of class, students will be dropped. Students are responsible for all associated fees for requirements.

No students will be added to the course after the first class meeting.

MANDATORY Boot camp on Tues June 27th from 9am-2pm in N4. Any students not present at the book camp will be removed from the application pool and will not be eligible for registration.

Date Time Location MANDATORY Item
June 27, 2023 9am-2pm Palm Desert Campus Room N4
  • Orientation
July 31, 2023 5pm Submitted to Nursing office
  • American Heart Association CPR Card
  • Receipt for CNA uniform Patch (available in COD bookstore)
  • COVID Vaccination series
  • COVID Vaccination Booster
August 1-29, 2023 5pm Submitted to Nursing office
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
  • Receipt for CNA Nursing Badget (Paid at Bursar's office)
  • Receipt for CNA Malpractice Insurance (Paid at Bursar's office)
September 8, 2023 TBA Palm Desert Campus
  • Meet with Physician/Nurse for:
    • Physical Exam
    • Tuberculosis Screening
    • Flu Vaccination
September 19, 2023 8am - 1:25pm Palm Desert Campus room N9
  • First Day of Class

  • Graduated from high school, or
  • Passed the CA high school proficiency exam, or
  • Passed the GED, or
  • Are 18 or older and can benefit from instruction

All requirements must be completed before the first class meeting, including late add and students "crashing" the course. 

Valid Social security card or ITIN

Physical Exam
Valid Government issued ID Malpractice Insurance (automatically added to your student account when registered for the course)
Clear drug screen Meet Core Performance Standards 
Clear background check & DOJ Livescan  Communicable disease clearance (Vaccinations)
Current American Heart Association CPR card  

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

Background check and drug screening must be completed within 30 days before the first class meeting. Students who do not clear the screenings will be unable to complete the course.

Background Check and Drug Screen Instructions

A basic physical exam with proof of COVID-19 vaccination series, recent 2-step TB test, and flu shot must be done within 90 days prior to the first class meeting. 

Medical Clearance form for Nursing Assistant Students

Uniform is white scrub top worn over basic white scrub pants. See course syllabus/handbook for further details. Please wait for instruction from your instructor before purchase.​ 

College of the Desert Kinesiology offers American Heart Association (AHA) CPR courses for both the first time certification and for recertification. 

For first time certification, students can register for KINE-001

For recertification, students can register for KINE-302

KINE-001 and KINE-302 will be offered during Summer and Winter sessions based on enrollment numbers. 

KINE-302 Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 from 8:00AM-12:00 PM

CPR cards are required prior to the start of the semester, please plan accordingly. 

Please note the costs are estimated. Depending on insurance coverage and financial assistance, costs may vary. Total cost of program is estimated at $514. Click here for a detailed list of associated costs.

This program is approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Mailing Address:

CA Dept. of Public Health
P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377​