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|Eligibility & Prerequisite Criteria||Application Information|
|Program Requirements||Program Costs|
We are pleased that you are interested in the Vocational Nursing Program at College of the Desert. To learn more about our programs, please attend an Information Session.
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 the Nursing counselor. To make an appointment to see the Nursing Counselor please email NursingCounselor@collegeofthedesert.edu or call 760-773-2578. Be sure to include your full name, availability, phone number and student ID (if applicable).
For specific questions about financial aid, FAFSA, BOG waivers, etc., please check with the Financial Aid Office at (760) 773-2532.
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 the Nursing counselor. To make an appointment to see the Nursing Counselor please email NursingCounselor@collegeofthedesert.edu. 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
You can also attend one of the information sessions scheduled during the semester.
Students must apply to the College of the Desert prior to applying to the nursing programs. Information on application can be found on the Admissions & Records webpage.
If you are a past COD student, who has not enrolled in a course over the last academic year, you will be required to reapply to COD.
*When the application asks you for a major, you will not have an option for "nursing". Please select "health sciences", once accepted into the nursing program, we will manually change your major to Nursing.
A separate application is required for admission to the VN program. Admission is by random selection of eligible candidates.
In addition to eligibility and prerequisite requirements, once a student is registered, further items are required to begin courses and clinical rotations.
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 Dreamer Resource Center for further information.
|Valid Social Security card or ITIN||Valid Government ID|
|Clear background check||Clear drug screen|
|Current American Heart Association CPR card||Physical Exam|
|Communicable disease clearance (titers & Vaccinations)||Meet core performance standards|
|Malpractice Insurance||iPad, iPad pencil, iPad keyboard (more info upon admission)|
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.
CPR cards are required prior to the start of the semester, please plan accordingly.
Please note that costs are estimated. Depending on insurance coverage and financial assistance, costs may vary. Total cost of the program is estimated at $4,869.00 Click here for a detailed list of associated costs.
The next LVN application will be open April 1-30, 2024 for a start date in Fall 2024.
As per 16 CCR 2535, the general policy for College of the Desert nursing programs
is to provide all students be given credit for the nursing knowledge and skills they
have acquired through education and/or experience and be placed at a level that will
successful attainment of educational goals. The form for Credit for Previous Education is located on the nursing website.
Transfer credit shall be given for applicants with previous education from an accredited
institution who have satisfactorily completed academic course work with a grade of
“C” or better in a class and/or clinical laboratory within the last five (5)
years. This includes the following courses:
All course work from other nursing programs will be granted credit based on similarity
to College of the Desert. A written examination and skills assessment may be required
for the purpose of establishing the need for remediation.
All CNA’s are given the option to omit portions of the first four weeks of the first semester of the VN program by applying their 150 hours of transfer credit. Assessment of CNA students may be conducted to establish the necessity for remediation. All
remediation will be completed prior to the first day of the semester.
Students seeking transfer to College of the Desert vocational nursing will need to
have all coursework evaluated by the
Director of the nursing program or a designee. The following needs to be submitted to the Director/designee prior to
Evaluation of previous nursing education will be based on a review of these materials.
Comparison with the COD curriculum
will be made. Everyone will be granted advanced placement according to the degree to which previous education compares
with COD curriculum based on space available.
As per 16 CCR 2530, The following clinical facilities that have been approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians for the use of clinical experience at College of the Desert
|Site Name||Contact Information|
|Desert Regional Medical Center||
1150 N Indian Canyon Dr
|Desert Springs Health & Wellness Center||
82262 Valencia Avenue
|Eisenhower Medical Center||
39000 Bob Hope Dr
|Monterey Palms Healthcare Center||
44610 Monterey Avenue
|Rancho Mirage Health and Rehabilitation Center||
39950 Vista Del Sol
|Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital||
70077 Ramon Rd
Desert Mountain Care Center (formerly Indio Nursing Rehabilitation)
47763 Monroe St.
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
47111 Monroe St.
Indio, CA. 92201
Manor Care Health Services
74350 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260