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(Transfer, International, & Transition)

Advanced placement is defined as entering the nursing program at a level beyond the first semester. 

International RNs Option

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.  Spaces available will not be known until after finals week.

Forms are only available the last three weeks of the semester.  Deadline for Forms are only available the last three weeks of the semester.  Deadline for Spring 2017 is Dec. 9th. Please use this application form:

  • International RN Application

Applications should be sent to:

Director of Nursing - BNC 4
International RN Application Spring 2017
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Transfer Students Option: 

Transfer applicants are students with previous nursing education from a Board of Registered Nursing approved registered nurse program.
  • Spring 2017 Transfer Packet
(Forms only available during application period)  This is for students who have already been enrolled in a nursing program and are changing schools.
Applications will only be accepted beginning Nov. 21st and must be delivered or postmarked by 5:00 PM by Dec. 9th and must be delivered or postmarked by 5:00 PM by Dec. 9th.

Send or deliver to:

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

 LVN to RN Transition Option:

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.
Transition applicants desiring to complete courses required for California RN licensure must also meet same application criteria as for Nursing 001 (same prerequisites, same GPA minimum). Transcripts for college classes and course catalog descriptions for prerequisite courses (other than at COD) MUST accompany application. 
Hand delivered applications will not be evaluated for completeness at the window.  It is applicant's responsibility to submit all necessary paperwork. 

Application window for Transition to Nursing is once a year.
[Application period is Feb. 1st Through Feb. 29th.]

Multi-criteria worksheetPlease fill out and attach to your application packet.

  • See Hospital Facilities Links (in column at left) for health screening and background clearance information for your clinical site.


All nursing and allied health students participating in an acute care rotation are required to have a background check through HireRight.  Background checks can be paid for at the COD Bursar's Office and the receipt brought to the Nursing Office for processing. 
All students will be medically screened, prior to the first day of clinical by the Employee Health Department of the assigned facility.  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 dropped from the program. 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 posible 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.

Thirty-Unit Option (Non-Degree Option)

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. After completion of 10 units in physical sciences, the student may apply for this 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.
Hand delivered applications will not be evaluated for completeness at the window. It is applicant's responsibility to submit all necessary paperwork.