Nursing

Nursing is an exciting and challenging profession of responsibility, integrity, and personal growth. Nursing provides an essential service to others, involving the care of people, sick and well. As career professionals, nurses are dedicated individuals who have committed themselves to improving the quality of health care for others.

Nursing offers numerous career opportunities. The demand for nurses is high and is projected to remain high for years to come. Nursing is both an art and a science; "a heart and a mind. At its heart, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for a patient’s needs. This is supported by the mind, in the form of rigorous core learning" (ANA, 2022). 

College of the Desert offers a range of nursing pathways to suit any educational and career goal including associate degrees in Nursing for Registered Nursing (RN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) as well as certificates for Vocational Nursing (VN and Nurse Assistant (NA). 

Nursing programs are highly impacted programs that are highly regulated. Nurse Assistant is locally approved and is NOT notated on the student's academic transcript in accordance with State regulations.  

Consult the Nursing webpage under Academic Programs on the College of the Desert website for policies and procedures for each of the programs. For specific questions please call 760.773.2578.

College policy requires each student enrolled in Nursing programs with clinical components to purchase insurance coverage against liability for malpractice as well as materials for nursing student practice kits. A materials fee may be required for Nursing kits. These fees are paid at the time of registration. All programs offered by the Nursing Department demand a grade of “C” or better (2.0) in any course fulfilling program requirements. All Nursing courses require a 75% or higher to fulfill course requirements.

College of the Desert is designated as a continuing education provider by the Board of Registered Nursing.  The provider number is 00284.  

Hospital Requirements

Affiliation agreements with clinical facilities require that College of the Desert Nursing Program students meet specific requirements prior to being placed at a facility for a clinical rotation. These requirements include but are not limited to, COVID vaccination and booster, clearance of a recent physical examination, specific immunizations or titers, negative TB status, negative criminal background clearance, negative drug test, and current American Heart Basic Life Support CPR Certification. Requirements are subject to change as specified by the clinical facility.  Policies and procedures for all requirements are available in the Nursing Programs Student Handbook located on the Nursing webpage. You will be required to provide proper identification including your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN). The student shall be responsible for paying any associated costs of program requirements. Information on the average cost of the program can be located on the Nursing webpage. 

All students enrolled in Nursing Program courses requiring patient care contact must provide evidence of meeting these requirements prior to the start of the term (dates set by the department 30-60 days prior to the start of the term). Students will be dropped from the course/program if requirements are not submitted by the due dates set by the department.

Core Performance Standards

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students must be, with reasonable accommodation, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the program. The Core Performance Standards adopted by the Department of Health Sciences include the following:

Critical Thinking - Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgment consistent with the level of educational preparation 

  • Identification of cause/effect relationships in clinical situations 

  • Use of the scientific method in the development of patient care plans 

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions 

Professional Relationships - Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups 

  • Establishment of rapport with patients/clients and colleagues 

  • Capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution 

  • Peer accountability 

Communication – Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions 

  • Explanation of treatment procedures, initiation of health teaching. 

  • Documentation and interpretation of nursing actions and patient/client responses 

Mobility - Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces 

  • Movement about patient’s room, workspaces, and treatment areas 

  • Be on your feet 6-12 hours at a time and perform activities that include reaching, balancing, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending, and crouching 

  • Administration of rescue procedures-cardiopulmonary resuscitation 

Motor Skills - Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care 

  • Calibration and use of equipment 

  • Therapeutic positioning of patients 

Hearing - Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs 

  • Ability to hear monitoring device alarm and other emergency signals 

  • Ability to discern auscultatory sounds and cries for help 

Visual - Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient care 

  • Visually discriminate depth and color perception 

  • Perform close and distinct visual activities involving persons, computers, and paperwork 

  • Ability to observe patient’s condition and responses to treatments 

Tactile Sense - Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment 

  • Ability to palpitate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions 

Other 

  • Identify and distinguish odors that are pungent, or the products of infection or metabolic imbalance (e.g., ketones) 

  • Work and make safe decisions in stressful situations 

Students enrolled in the clinical program are subject to special guidelines developed to protect patient safety. A student may be asked to withdraw from a program in the Health Science Department for academic reasons or for other reasons such as drug/alcohol abuse, inappropriate social or emotional behavior, or documented acts of dishonesty. The faculty reserves the right to remove from the clinical area any student who, in the faculty member’s professional judgment, places the patient in physical or emotional jeopardy. See the Nursing Programs Student Handbook on the Nursing website for more information.

VN Licensing Requirements

Upon program completion, students are awarded a vocational nursing certificate or degree and become eligible to apply to the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) to take the licensure examination. The role of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians is to protect the public by screening applicants for licensure to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. A State board of nursing may deny licensure on the basis of conviction of a crime substantially related to the practice of nursing; any act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit with the intent to substantially benefit self or another or to substantially injure another; any act which is grounds for revocation of a license; making a false statement on the application for license; and/or breach of examination security. Fingerprints are required when applying for licensure. Students interested in a career as a nurse who has questions regarding licensure limitations should contact the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians at 916.263.7800 or visit BVNPT website.

VN Program Application Process

Application to the Vocational Nursing program is separate from application to the College.  An application form is available during specific application periods and can be obtained from the Nursing webpage.

Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program is limited.  Detailed information regarding the Vocational Nursing program is available on the Nursing webpage.

The program is three semesters long, commencing each fall. It is a limited enrollment program.

Students interested in the VN Program should:

  1. Visit the Nursing webpage for detailed information.
  2. Attend an informational session. Call 760.773.2578 webpage for dates and times of sessions.

Completion of the VN program does not guarantee licensure. To apply for licensure, disclosure of your Social Security number or ITIN is mandatory on the California Application for Licensure by Examination form.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Program Eligibility:
To be eligible to apply to College of the Desert’s Vocational Nursing Program, the applicant must be at least 17 years of age and be able to provide proof of High School graduation or GED equivalency.  Applicants must also:

  1. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following prerequisite courses:
    • HS 062, Your Living Body or  BI 013 and BI 014 (or equivalent courses)
    • HS 013, General Nutrition (or equivalent course)
    • HS 067, Intro to Med Dosage Calculations
    • PSY 001, General Psychology (or equivalent course)

Application and Selection Process: 
Please see the Nursing webpage for specific selection processes and application dates:

  1. ​Application: The Nursing webpage contains information regarding application dates.

  2. Selection: A random selection process of qualified applicants will be used to determine entrance once all applications are evaluated.
  3. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status via e-mail.

RN Licensing Requirements

Graduates are awarded the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) and become licensed as Registered Nurses.  The role of the California Board of Registered Nursing is to protect the public by screening applicants for licensure to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. A State board of nursing may deny licensure on the basis of: conviction of crime substantially related to the practice of nursing; any act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit with intent to substantially benefit self or another or to substantially injure another; any act which is grounds for revocation of a license; making a false statement on the application for license; and/or breach of examination security. Fingerprints are required when applying for licensure.  Students interested in a career as a nurse who has questions regarding licensure limitations should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing at 916.322.3350 or visit https://rn.ca.gov/.

Graduation from the Associate Degree Nursing Program does not guarantee licensure. To apply for licensure, disclosure of your Social Security number or ITIN is mandatory on the California Application for Licensure by Examination form.

RN Program Application Process

Application to the nursing program is separate from application to the College. An application form is available during specific application periods and can be obtained from the Nursing webpageIt is recommended that students interested in a Nursing degree meet with a nursing counselor prior to working on prerequisite courses.

Enrollment in the Registered Nursing program is limited.  Detailed information regarding the nursing program, selection, and other important particulars is available on the Nursing webpage.

Eligibility and Selection Process

Program Eligibility:
To be eligible to apply to College of the Desert's Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program, the applicant must:

  1. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following prerequisite science courses taken within the past ten (10) years, with no grade less than a "C". 
    • Human Anatomy with a lab component
    • Human Physiology with a lab component
    • Microbiology with a lab component
  2. Have no more than one repeat of any one of the three science courses.  A "W", "I", "D", and "F" mark is considered a repeat.  Repetitions within the past seven (7) years will be used in determining eligibility.
  3. Have a "C" or better in any 3-unit college-level transferable English course.  (English 1A, Freshman Composition, is a highly recommended course. English courses must have a research component).

​Application and Selection:

  1.  The Nursing webpage contains information regarding application dates.

  2. New admission to the program is competitively based on a multicriteria point system. These criteria include: prerequisite course GPA, general education GPA, TEAS test scores, previous degrees, work experience, life experience, and second language proficiency. The Nursing webpage contains information regarding specific selection processes.
  3. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status via email.
  4. A diagnostic readiness test (TEAS exam) will be required of all accepted students. Details are on the Nursing webpage.

Nursing Program Advanced Placement Options

Prospective students who have had prior education in nursing or other health-related areas may request consideration for entry into the nursing program with advanced placement.  Applicants would include licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses and International Registered Nurses, Veterans, and transfer students from Board approved nursing programs. Specific information regarding the advanced placement procedure is available through the Nursing website.  All advanced placement applicants are accepted to the program on a space-available basis.

LVN to RN 

Licensed Vocational Nurses may enter the associate degree program at an advanced level.  For this option, enrollment is limited and the following is applicable to the LVN to RN:

Program Eligibility
To be  eligible to apply to College of the Desert's LVN to RN Transition Option, the applicant must:

  1. Have an unencumbered California LVN license.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following prerequisite science courses taken within the past ten (10) years, with no grade less than a "C". 
    • Human Anatomy with a lab component
    • Human Physiology with a lab component
    • Microbiology with a lab component
  3. Have no more than one repeat of any one of the three science courses.  A "W", "I", "D", and "F" mark is considered a repeat.  Repetitions within the past seven (7) years will be used in determining eligibility.
  4. Have a "C" or better in any 3-unit college-level transferable English course with a research component. (English 001A, Freshman Composition, is a highly recommended course. Eligible English courses must have a research component).

Application and Selection

  1.  The Nursing webpage contains information regarding application dates.

  2. New admission to the program is competitively based on a multicriteria point system. These criteria include: prerequisite course GPA, general education GPA, TEAS test scores, previous degrees, work experience, life experience, and second language proficiency. The Nursing webpage contains information regarding specific selection processes.
  3. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status via email.
  4. A diagnostic readiness test (TEAS exam) will be required of all accepted students. Details are on the Nursing webpage.

Transfer

Students with previous nursing education from a Board of Registered Nursing-approved registered nurse program may request transfer into the program. All transfer requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.  Students should make an appointment with the Director of Nursing and Allied Health to discuss transfer possibilities and materials needed to assess eligibility. Transfer students must meet the same enrollment requirements as all students entering the nursing program. General education courses must be completed to correspond with the nursing program's requirements respective to the semester for which the student is seeking transfer. Transfer students must submit a letter from their previous Director/Dean of Nursing to verify that the student had no safety violations while enrolled in the nursing program from which they are transferring. A minimum of twelve units must be completed at COD to earn a degree from COD.  All transfer students are accepted on a space available basis.

Veterans

Military-trained healthcare personnel have the opportunity to apply for advanced placement in the nursing program. Detailed information is available on the Nursing webpage.

International RN

For Registered Nurses from outside the USA needing to fulfill California Board of Registered Nursing requirements. Detailed information is available on the Nursing webpage.

LVN to RN (30-Unit Option)

The non-degree option requires that interested students fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Current licensure as a California LVN;
  2. Proof of high school diploma/GED;
  3. Completion of courses in Human Physiology and Microbiology with a minimum GPA of 2.5 with no grade less than a "C".

Thirty-unit option students are accepted to the third semester of the nursing program on a space-available basis. Students will complete the final two semesters of the nursing program. It is important to note that LVNs choosing to take the 30-unit option can never be qualified as graduates of the COD ADN/RN Program and will permanently be referred to as having attained a Nursing Non-Degree/Non Graduate Status. Lack of a degree may create limitations for licensure in other states. Students who do not receive an Associate's degree in Nursing may not be eligible for licensure by endorsement in other states. Interested students must make an appointment with the Director of Nursing and Allied Health or designee to obtain further information and to complete an application.

All advanced placement students will be accepted on a space-available basis. Detailed information is available on the Nursing webpage.

Nursing Counselor:
Students seeking advising should see the Nursing Counselor. Appointments for the Nursing Counselors can be obtained by calling the Nursing department at 760.773.2578.

Ana Stockwell
Astockwell@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7415

Faculty:

Wendy Alberty
Registered Nursing
walberty@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.773.2569

Bryan Batres
Registered Nursing, Nursing Assistant
brbatres@collegeofthedesert.edu
x 6358

Monica Camargo
Registered Nursing, Vocational Nursing
mcamargo@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7343

Maricela Castillo
Registered Nursing
macastillo@collegeofthedesert.edu
x7012

Stephanie Montalvo
Registered Nursing, Vocational Nursing
rmontalvo@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.773.2582

Amy Hetherington
Registered Nursing
ahetherington@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7292

Lisa Kinsey
Registered Nursing
likinsey@collegeofthedesert.edu    
760.862.1357

Mary Suarez
Registered Nursing
mrsuarez@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7215

Associate Degrees (AA/AS)

Certificate of Achievement

Local Certificates

(Locally approved certificates. Not notated on the student's transcript in accordance with State regulations.)

Nursing (NRN)

NRN 110  Foundations of Nursing Practice   Units: 3.5

This Foundational course introduces students to the organizing framework of the program and to basic concepts of the nursing process. Optimum wellness concepts, and promoting, maintaining, or restoring health for the client are presented in the classroom. Concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 110C.
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A Corequisite NRN-110C
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 120  Concepts of Nursing: Commonly Occurring Alterations   Units: 3.5

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, and/or restoring the health of adult clients experiencing commonly occurring alterations in health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan holistic care and promote optimal wellness. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 120C and NRN 120L. Prerequisite: 110 and 110C
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 120L  Alterations in Health: Lab   Units: 0.5

This course applies theoretical concepts to psychomotor skills for the care of clients with alterations in health. The course builds on previously learned concepts as well as concepts introduced in NRN 120. Prerequisite: 110C
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: Prerequisite NRN-110C Corequisite NRN-120 Corequisite NRN-120C
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 130  Concepts of Nursing: Mental Health   Units: 1

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, or restoring the health of clients with alterations in mental health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 130C. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 130C  Concepts of Nursing: Mental Health Clinical   Units: 1

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, or restoring health of clients with alterations in mental health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 130. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: N/Y
Prerequisite: Take NRN-130 NRN 110 NRN 110C or credit for prior learning.
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: D                 IGETC: None

NRN 140  Concepts of Nursing: Gerontology   Units: 1

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, or restoring the health of older adult clients. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 140C. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 140C  Concepts of Nursing: Gerontology Clinical   Units: 1

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, or restoring the health of older adult clients. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 140. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: NRN 110 NRN 110C or credit for prior learning.
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 210  Chronic Alterations in Health   Units: 3.5

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, or restoring health of adult clients with chronic alterations in health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 210C and NRN 210L. Prerequisite: NRN 120
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: NRN 120 NRN 210C NRN 210L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 210C  Chronic Alterations in Health: Clinical   Units: 3

This course provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge from co-requisite courses to the care of adult clients experiencing chronic alterations in health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Learning will take place in various clinical settings. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 210 and NRN 210L. Prerequisites: NRN 120C
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: NRN 120C NRN 210 NRN 210L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 220  Acute Complex Alterations in Health   Units: 3

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, or restoring the health of adult clients with acute and complex alterations in health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidence-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 220C and 220L. Prerequisite: NRN 210
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: NRN 210 NRN 220L NRN 220C
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 220C  Acute Complex Alterations in Health Clinical   Units: 3

This course provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge from co-requisite courses to the care of adult clients experiencing acute and complex alterations in health. Previously learned nursing principles will be used as building blocks to plan care for the needs of clients. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout the course. Learning will take place in various clinical settings. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 220 and NRN 220L. Prerequisites: NRN 210C
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: NRN 210C NRN 220 NRN 220L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 230  Pediatric Health and Wellness   Units: 1

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, and restoring health of the growing child. Emphasis is on the pediatric client whose optimum level of wellness is altered by common conditions. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic patient-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout this course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 230C. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 230C  Pediatric Health & Wellness Clinical   Units: 1

This course focuses on promoting, maintaining, and restoring health of the growing child. Emphasis is on the pediatric client whose optimum level of wellness is altered by common conditions. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout this course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 230. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 240  Health & Wellness in Growing Families   Units: 1

This course focuses on promotion, maintaining, and restoring health of growing families. Emphasis is on the woman during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum phases of pregnancy, as well as newborn nursing care. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic patient-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout this course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 240C. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the registered nursing program.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 240C  Clinical   Units: 1

This course focuses on promotion, maintaining, and restoring health of growing families and applying theoretical concepts to clinical practice. Emphasis is on the nursing care of the woman during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum phases of pregnancy, as well as newborn nursing care. Program concepts of professionalism, evidenced-based practice, holistic client-centered care, communication, and safety are integrated throughout this clinical course. Students must be concurrently enrolled in NRN 240. Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance into the nursing program.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: NRN 210C NRN 210 NRN 240
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

NRN 250  Transition to Practice   Units: 0.5

This course focuses on the role transition from Student Nurse to Professional Nurse. Activities will prepare students to apply for, interview for, and begin employment as new graduate nurses. The program concept of professionalism is the primary emphasis of this course.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Take NRN-220
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Vocational Nursing (VN)

VN 010  Vocational Nursing I   Units: 9

This course introduces concepts related to the role of the vocational nurse, basic skills, legal and ethical issues, critical thinking, culturally congruent care, pharmacology, fluid/electrolytes, communication and confidentiality. A foundation in normal growth and development including the gerontologic client and end of life care is presented. Using a nursing process format, care of clients with alterations in various body systems is covered.
Lecture Hours: 162         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG 061 & HS 013 & HS 062 & HS 067 & PSY 001; Corequisite: VN 010L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Vocational Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

VN 010L  Vocational Nursing I Lab   Units: 7

This course provides an opportunity for the practice and application of skills needed to meet the clients' basic needs and the maintenance of optimum wellness. Students care for clients with common alterations in the function various body systems. Learning experiences are provided in the on-campus lab and various clinical sites. A materials fee of $50.00 - $90.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 378          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: HS 013 & HS 062 & HS 067; Corequisite: VN 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Vocational Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

VN 020  Vocational Nursing II   Units: 9

Building on the concepts presented in VN 010, this course discusses content related to care of the surgical client and alterations in function of gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, neurologic, and spinal cord. Students are also introduced to leadership, supervision of the VN. Introduction to maternity nursing, clients ante, intra and postpartum. Healthy newborn and alterations related to the newborn.
Lecture Hours: 162         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: VN 010 & VN 010L; Corequisite: VN 020L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

VN 020L  Vocational Nursing II Lab   Units: 7

This course provides opportunity to care for clients with alterations in various body systems and across the life span including the pregnant woman and family. Students will practice in a variety of health care settings.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 378          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: VN 010 & VN 010L; Corequisite: VN 020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

VN 030  Vocational Nursing III   Units: 5

This course builds on all concepts from previous semesters. Students will focus on the care of children with various health care needs. The course concludes with concepts to aid the student transition to the role of professional vocational nurse.
Lecture Hours: 90         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: VN 020 & VN 020L; Corequisite: VN 030L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

VN 030L  Vocational Nursing III Lab   Units: 4

This course is a continuation of skills that were acquired in VN 010 and VN 020. Students apply concepts of team leading and management skills to care for clients of all ages. Students meet the needs for the hospitalized child and clients experiencing labor, delivery, and postpartum.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 216          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: VN 020 & VN 020L; Corequisite: VN 030
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Health Science (HS)

HS 013  General Nutrition   Units: 3

This course is a study of the chemical composition of foods and their utilization by the body. Students study the roles, functions, and interactions of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Practical problems of nutrition and relationship of adequate diet to fitness, energy balance, disease risk, and lifespan. C-ID: NUTR 110
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

HS 014  Principles of Food   Units: 3

Application of food science principles with emphasis on ingredient function and interaction, food preparation techniques, sensory evaluation standards, food safety and sanitation, and nutrient composition of food. (C-ID NUTR 120)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 015  Advanced Nutrition: Modified Diets   Units: 3

This course covers principles of nutrition care for acute and chronic illnesses in order to provide modified diets and menu development for individuals with a variety of health care conditions and needs. The focus is on how dietary modifications improve a person's food intake and health.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS 013
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 062  Your Living Body   Units: 3

This course provides a basic overview of body structures and functions, correlated with discussion of the major diseases affecting each of the major systems. This course is required for Vocational Nursing Program.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: HS 061 & ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 065  Basic Pharmacology   Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to basic pharmacology. Content covers major categories and classes of pharmacological agents. The actions, untoward actions, and desired and undesired effects of commonly used drugs in the major classifications are presented.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: BI 004
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 067  Introduction to Med/Dosage Calculations   Units: 1

This course provides a basic foundation for the study of pharmacology and covers the general principles of drug administration with a review of arithmetic and the calculation of math dosages. It utilizes a nursing process approach which focuses on the understanding of pharmacological principles, medication administration, and the evaluation of the client's responses in the health care setting. This course is designed for the beginning vocational nursing student and other allied health care disciplines.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH 060 & ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 068  Pharmacy Technician   Units: 4

This course provides technical and practical training to prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam and to function as a competent entry-level assistant to the pharmacist. Topics covered include pharmacy law and regulations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, pharmacy billing and reimbursement, pharmacy inventory management, and pharmacy system usage and application.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: HS 065, HS 067, HS 074, ENG 061 & MATH 060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 070  Introduction to Health Sciences   Units: 1

This course is strongly recommended for all students entering the VN or ADN programs offered at College of the Desert. It is designed to provide students interested in Health Sciences programs with detailed information about program requirements and career objectives.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 071  Strategies for Success/Nursing Program   Units: 2

This course is designed to prepare students for the successful completion of any undergraduate nursing program. Students will be given an overview of nursing program requirements and expectations and they will acquire information and skills that facilitate student success once admitted into a program. Students will also explore nursing career options, which will guide the development of their educational plan.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 073  Introduction to Public Health   Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to public health. Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts and terminologies of public health, and the history and accomplishments of public health officals and agencies. Topics include the epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease; prevention and control of diseases in the community including the analysis of the social determinants of health and strategies for eliminating disease, illness and health disparities among diverse populations; community organizing and health promotion programming; environmental health and safety; global health; and, healthcare policy and management. (C-ID PHS 101)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

HS 074  Informatics for Health Science   Units: 3

This course provides an overview of the computer software used by members of the Health Science profession. It will introduce students to the software in: assessment, planning,education, program implementation and management currently used in health science and allied health. It will introduce students to programs such as statistical packages, Project management, GIS, and Electronic Health Records. The course will also cover the legal and ethical use of software linked to client care.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 080  Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation   Units: 3

This course is designed for persons interested in working with patients who require cardiac monitoring. It provides an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the heart and the conduction system. Students apply analytical thinking to interpret graphic representations of normal and abnormal electrical activity of the heart. The emphasis of this course is on the interpretation of heart rhythms, lead placement, obtaining a 12 lead electrocardiogram and interpretation of cardiac rhythms that require immediate intervention.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 083A  Basic Phlebotomy   Units: 1.5

The course will prepare students to perform basic blood collection methods using appropriate techniques. Through lecture and lab experiences, students will receive training in basic infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will be taught specimen handling, and processing.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS 064
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 083B  Advanced Phlebotomy   Units: 1.5

The course will prepare students to perform advanced blood collection methods using appropriate techniques. Through lecture and lab experiences, students will receive training in infection prevention, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will be taught advanced specimen handling,arterial puncture blood cultures and special processing. The course will be educated in the agencies that regulate phlebotomy.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS 083A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 300  Nursing Skills Lab   Units: 0

This course provides an opportunity for practice and mastery of nursing skills necessary for safe patient care. It uses multimedia materials, computers and instructor assistance to improve the skills needed and is directed to students needing a review of nursing procedures. Students must complete at least 1 hour and a maximum of 54 hours to pass the course.
Noncredit Hours: 54                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance/enrollment in a nursing or HS program (HHA, CNA, LVN, RN)
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None