VN Nursing Student Information

Welcome to your future in the Nursing Profession. Below you will find information necessary to complete your provisional admission status. Please check this page frequently for updated information and dates. Once you have started your first nursing course, you will no longer need to visit this page. 

Completing these items will help you prepare for starting the nursing program and are required for all provisionally accepted AND alternate students. The nursing program is unlike any other courses you have taken. It is extremely rigorous and demanding. We believe that good quality preparation sets you up for success. 

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Please note that no late submissions will be accepted.  All dates are mandatory. Any submissions not completed on time will result in forfeiture of your seat.

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Start saving your money. The first semester will cost you approximately $2582.00 The remainder of the program will cost approximately $2287.00 over the remaining 2 semesters. 

Our programs are very rigorous. You will want to get your personal and home life organizaed for maximum efficiency. Plan to schedule at least 8 hours per day to the program (classes, studying, clinical).

We highly recommend that you request a reduction of work hours once the program starts. We recommend, based on success statistics, you work no more than 12 hours per week. Additionally, night shifts are not permitted prior to any days of class. 

Activate and check your mycod email daily. This will be the only means of official communication from the department during the program. For students experiencing issues with their MYCOD Student Portal and accessing their student email please contact Nursing Admissions.

When emailing any department or individual at College of the Desert please be sure to include your full name, student ID number and compose your message in a professional manner.

Confirmation of the student's desire to accept a seat in the nursing program is required.

Student's acceptance must be recieved by Tuesday, June 18th by 5:00PM.

Whether students require financial aid or not, please complete the FAFSA. Consideration for some scholarships will require FAFSA on record. For more information you may contact the Financial Aid office at 760-773-2532 or at Please be sure you include your full name and student ID.

Required uniforms for the program take approximately two-three months from order date to arrival. Students will come to campus to try on and order their uniforms. 

June 25th, 2024

Time- 9:30a-11:00a or 5:30p-6:30p

Location- BNC 39

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The nursing department uses Evalue, onboarding software, to house required facility documents for clearance to begin clinicals. You will be required to attend one of the following trainings:

Program Date 1 Date 2
LVN Program

June 26th

5:30p - 7:00p


June 27th

9:00a -10:30a



Please use this form to order your Background Screening and/or drug screen.  Please see the due dates below. The completion of these items must be within the dates given, not before, not after. Failure to complete them in the timeframe listed will result in forfeiture of your seat. Upload your results of both your background check and drug screen to evalue, when you receive them.

**Please note that the dates for the background and drug screen. This will ensure that the timing of your drug screen will be within the timeframe allotted by the clinical facilities. Failure to follow these instructions may require double payment.** Do not "pre-order", submit the request during the timeframe below.

Program Purchase Background Check & Drug Screen
LVN Program July 29th - August 2nd, 2024


If you have not already, schedule an appointment with the Nursing counselor to review your student education plan. Appointments can be made by emailing or at 760-773-2578. Please be sure you include your full name and student ID.

All provisionally accepted students are required to attend all New Student Orientation (NSO) days. These days have been planned to introduce students to the program, requirements, orientation to the department, and familiarity with policies and procedures. At NSO you will meet your instructors, fellow students, and get set up for success. 

Dates: August 13th and 14th (both days are required)

Times: 9:00AM- 3:00PM

Location: Pollock Theater, College of the Desert

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You will be registered for theory and clinical by the nursing department. Pay for registration and malpractice insurance at the Bursar's office. Malpractice insurance is NOT covered by financial aid. This must be completed prior to the first day of class. 

The Nursing program requires incoming students to have an iPad for classroom and clinical use.  Each student will be required to have the ipad for the 2-year program.


All Nursing students


Each newly registered nursing student will need to have an iPad and a "book bundle" that includes electronic (e-book) access for the 1 or 2 years of the program for all the books used in the core nursing program. 

The iPad package will include: 

  • 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 64GB - Space Gray
  • 2-Year AppleCare+ for Schools - iPad / iPad Air / iPadMini
  • Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
  • Keyboard/Cover for iPad Air (5th generation)

Book bundle:

  • Access codes for all required course materials including textbooks and software

Students that have their own ipad, that meets specifications, can purchase the books and software separately from the COD bookstore. 


The book bundle cost is listed below by course. 

For cohorts entering in Fall 2024 and Spring 2025, we are happy to announce that iPads have been funded by the High Roads Training Program (HRTP) Grant.

COD Nursing department will loan an iPad package to each student for the duration of the program. Any damage, loss, or theft will require the student to pay for the cost of the items.  The iPads will remain COD property and managed by the college. Students are still required to purchase the Textbook/software packages.

All items will be available for purchase during the New Student Orientation in August.

Course Textbook Costs
VN 10 Textbook/software package $404.99



Bookstore Hours Of Operation

Monday - Thursday 8:00AM - 4:00PM


Students will be responsible for the cost of all required materials. 


To meet student success goals, address the needs of local employers, and provide one-stop shopping options for all required elements of the nursing program. 

Student Success Goals: 

  • Increase digital literacy and technical skills in preparation for the workplace.
  • Increase documentation skills in preparation for the workplace.
  • Decrease program textbook costs.
  • Decrease weight of textbooks and potential injury to students.
  • Increase student engagement in the classroom thus leading to increased success.
  • Ensure all students have a device that is compatible with the required software for the program.
  • Increase self-awareness using video capture applications during simulation and role-play scenarios. 


Q: Does it have to be an iPad, or can I use another device?

A: It must be an iPad. Other devices will not run the software necessary for the program. 

Q: Can I use my own iPad if I already have one? 

A: Absolutely if it meets system requirements. Currently, the highest requirements are for ExamSoft. 

Q: What happens if I damage or break my iPad?

A: There is an $80 fee if repair is needed, and all costs are covered. 

Q: What if I lose my iPad?

A: You will be responsible for replacing the iPad to maintain access to the items necessary for the program. 

Q: Can I purchase the items elsewhere? 

A: We cannot force you to purchase from the bookstore, however, we HIGHLY recommend you purchase from the bookstore to avoid having to purchase duplicate items due to errors. If you choose to purchase separately and outside this program, you are responsible for purchasing the correct items. COD is not responsible for any errors made by circumventing the bookstore.

Q: Does it matter which size iPad I buy?

A: iPad will include the iPad Air (5th generation). It also includes the Apple Pencil which will be required. If you choose to purchase the iPad on your own, you can use a different size, but we feel the iPad Air is the most appropriate size based on what activities you will be using the device for. 

Q: When do I need to have the iPad by? 

A: The iPad and access codes must be loaded, registered, and ready for use at the New Student Orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions when completing Onboarding documentation:

  • What is "onboarding"? The process of being cleared by the hospitals and facilities in order to do clinical rotations as a part of your class. The process requires several lab tests, vaccinations, paperwork, background/drug screen, etc.
  • Where will I submit all of this paperwork? Through Evalue, for information on evalue training, see above.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions? Cece Yamaguchi 
  • What semester student am I? Brand new students are considered an "LVN 010" student.
  • What is a titer? Titers are labs that show whether or not you have immunity or antibodies to specific diseases. Titers will require you to have a lab order from your doctor and then get blood drawn.
  • What if my titer results come back indicating I am not immune? If you are not fully immune to the diseases on the list, you will need a "booster" shot.
  • Who is my teacher? Ms. Hernandez will be your "lead teacher".
  • Will proof of my vaccines from when I was a child work for onboarding? No. The only way you can prove clearance or immunity to a disease is through titers.
  • When do I register for my classes? The nursing department will register you for all nursing courses.  Should you need additional courses, you are responsible for that registration.
  • What is the "nursing skills kit" on my registration fees? For each course in the nursing program, you will get a "kit" that has equipment for skills practice. The fee is automatically added to your account when you are registered. The fee for the kits vary each semester.
  • What is the HS-300 class on my Self-Service registration? All nursing students are registered for HS-300 each Fall and Spring. Being registered in this course gives you access to use our computer lab and skills lab for practice outside of class, on your own time. The course is non-credit and therefore there is no charge. The only requirement for credit for the course, is that you use the lab for at least 1 hour during the term.
  • How do I make an appointment with the counselor? Call 760-773-2578 to make an appointment with the nursing counselor, or stop by the front desk in the Barker Nursing Complex.