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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 bottom of the page includes questions students most frequently ask and information that we hope will provide answers for you. Feel free to call Nursing Counselor Ana Stockwell at (760) 776-7380 astockwell@collegeofthedesert.edu or call 760-773-2578 if you need further information.

The Nurse Assistant course (Health Sciences 064) is generally offered each fall and spring semester and currently has no separate application process for entry. Register as you would for any other class offered at COD. This is a 12 week program.

Please Note:

Due to the high demand and limited numbers of seats available, if you have not obtained at least a Level 2 registration priority it is highly unlikely that you will be able to register for this class (or even get on the waitlist). We suggest checking with the Partnership and Community Education (PACE) Office for any possible non-credit options. The California Department of Public Health provides listings of Approved Training Providers (select the Certified Nurse Assistant Training Programs) for a list of facilities and other schools in California where CNA training can be found.

  • The LiveScan background check will be done during the first class meeting for registered students.

  • Any American Heart Association approved CPR course for health care providers is acceptable and must be completed before the beginning of this class.

  • A basic physical exam with proof of recent TB check and flu shot must be done within 90 days of first class meeting and completed before the first class. Release form link

  • Uniform is white scrub top worn over basic tan skirt or pants. See course syllabus/handbook for further details.

Eligibility Criteria

Nurse Assistant Course Information Brochure

General Aide and Technician Certification Information

California Nurse Assistant Candidate Handbook and testing information

Nursing Assistant Certification

Students with qualifying hours in the RN or LVN programs are eligible to undergo examination for the Nursing Assistant certification.

Use the following links to pursue this option:

Mailing Address:

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

For all other counseling needs please call (760-773-2520) or visit the main Counseling Services office in the Administration building.‚Äč