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            Friday: 8 AM to 2 PM (Closed in Summer)
            Saturday - Sunday, & Holidays: CLOSED

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Health Sciences (which includes all Nursing programs) offers two degree programs and four certificate programs that prepare men and women for careers in health occupations. Educational pathways include both theoretical instruction on campus and clinical experience in local hospitals and clinics.
Health Sciences does not offer medically related technician (surgical, dental*, X-ray, ultrasound, etc.) or therapist type courses. There is no longer a respiratory therapy program at COD. However, some of these types of courses can be accessed through the Partnership and Community Education (PACE) Programs.  See: for current information about the summer Pharmacy Technican course and CPR classes.
Application Schedules:  Applications are ONLY available during application periods.
  • RN program: Application periods occurr twice a year: March 1-21 for Fall and September 12-30 for Spring semesters.  See RN page for changes regarding the admissions process.
  • LVN program: June 1-21 for Fall semester.
  • Program Re-entry and Transfers: last 3 weeks of the semester, due by 5:00 PM on the second day of Finals Week.
  • LVN to RN Transition program: See announcements on Advanced Placement page. 
  • International RN's needing completion for California BRN: applications due by May 21, 2015 for Fall and November 30th for Spring (or last working Friday of the month).
  • ECE Mentors: accepted year round with committee review in January and April.

NOTICE: Prospective students not already enrolled at College of the Desert DO NOT need to apply to the 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.


Looking for a CPR class? Here's a possibility (2015-16 schedule)-> CPR / AED Training & Certification
NOTICE: 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.  Social Security Numbers are also required for Board examinations at the completion of the various healthcare programs. If you do not have a Social Security Number please contact the HS/ECE office for further instruction.

Nursing Program Options:
Current increased enrollment numbers in the RN program have made placement in the 30-Unit Option and as a transfer applicant difficult.  Please continue to monitor the Nursing website.
30-Unit Option:  Application is available after meeting with the Director of Nursing.
Transfer from another nursing program:  See Advanced Placement page.  Applications for Fall semester will be accepted only after the Spring Break.
Campus Child Care: The McCarthy Child Development and Training center serves children 12 months to 5 years old. It is state funded providing care for school hours as well as breakfast, lunch, and/or snack depending on the hours of care. Parents must provide income eligibility and need of services. Please call 760-862-1308 for more information.
Current Students: The appropriate avenue for program evaluation, suggestions and/or complaints are through the course evaluations at the end of each semester. Specific complaints directed to Faculty, Staff, Director, or Dean will not be entertained if anonymous. If any student feels they are being treated unfairly, there is a grievance procedure outlined in the college catalog.
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's dental hygiene
2-year training program in Palm Desert call 1-800-422-4LLU (1-800-422-4558) or (909) 558-4631 or locally at (760) 324-2091, or fax at (760) 324-9509.  Visit for more information.
HS/ECE at COD is not affiliated with this program.