Nursing

The Department of Health Sciences offers associate degrees in Registered Nursing (RN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) as well as certificates for Vocational Nursing (VN), Nurse Assistant (NA) and Home Health Aide (HHA).  These are highly impacted programs that are highly regulated. Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide certificates are locally approved and are NOT notated on the student's academic transcript in accordance with the State regulations.  Consult the Health Sciences & Education 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 760.568.3093 or 760.773.2579.

College policy requires each student enrolled in Health Sciences 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 Health Sciences Department demand a grade of “C” or better (2.0) in any course fulfilling program 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 Health Sciences students meet specific requirements prior to being placed at a facility for a clinical rotation. These requirements include clearance of a recent physical examination, specific immunizations or titers, negative TB status, negative criminal background clearance, negative drug test, and current Basic Life Support CPR Certification. Requirements are subject to change as specified by the clinical facility.  Policies and procedures for the criminal background check are available on the Health Sciences & Education webpage. You will be required to provide proper identification including your Social Security number. The student shall be responsible for paying any associated costs of program requirements.  

All students enrolled in Health Sciences courses requiring patient care contact must provide evidence of meeting these requirements prior to the first clinical experience. Students will be excluded from the clinical site until all required materials have been received in the department office.

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.

Physical Demands - Must be able to:

  • be on your feet 6 - 12 hours at a time and perform activities that include reaching, balancing, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending and crouching;
  • lift and transfer adults and children from a stooped to an upright position to accomplish bed-to-chair and chair-to-bed transfers;
  • lift and adjust positions of bedridden patients, including pulling as much as 12 inches toward the head of the bed;
  • physically apply up to ten pounds pressure to bleeding sites or to chest in the performance of CPR using hands, wrists and arms;
  • maneuver in small spaces quickly and with ease;
  • perform fine motor skills that require hand-eye coordination in the use of small instruments, equipment, and syringes;
  • feel and compress tissues to assess for size, shape, texture, and temperature.

Senses - Must be able to:

  • visually read calibrated scales in increments of one-hundredth of an inch in not more than a three inch space;
  • perform close and distinct visual activities involving persons and paperwork;
  • visually discriminate depth and color perception;
  • identify and distinguish odors that are pungent, or the products of infection or metabolic imbalance (e.g., ketones);
  • respond and react immediately to auditory instruction, requests, signals, and monitoring equipment;
  • perform auditory assessments requiring the distinguishing of variances in sounds (e.g., tones and pitches).

Attitudes/Aptitudes - Must be able to:

  • perform mathematical calculation for medication preparation and administration in a timely manner;
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and word usage as well as medical terminology;
  • work and make competent/safe decisions in stressful environments.

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.

LVN Licensing Requirements

Upon program completion, students are awarded a vocational certificate 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 of 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 have questions regarding licensure limitations should contact the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians at 916.263.7800 or visit BVNPT website.

LVN 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 School of Health Sciences & Education webpage or from the Office of Health Sciences & Education located in the Barker Nursing Complex at College of the Desert, 43-500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92262.

Enrollment into the Vocational Nursing program is limited.  Detailed information regarding the Vocational Nursing program is available on the School of Health Sciences & Education 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 School of Health Sciences & Education webpage for detailed information.
  2. Attend an informational session. Call 760.773.2579 or 760.568.3093 or visit the School webpage for dates and times of sessions.

Completion of the VN program does not guarantee licensure.

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)
  2. Additional advisories include:
    • ENG 061, Accelerated English, or
    • ESL 071, ESL/Academic English II (passed with a grade of C or better)
    • MATH 060, A Preparation for the Study of Algebra (passed with a grade of C or better)

Application and Selection Process: 
Please see the School of Health Sciences & Education webpage for specific selection processes and application dates:

  1. ​Application: The School of Health Sciences & Education 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 have 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 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. The application form is available during a specific application period and can be obtained from the School of Health Sciences & Education webpage. It is recommended that students interested in a Nursing degree see a counselor in the counseling department and read the information on the School of Health Sciences & Education webpage.

Enrollment into the Registered Nursing program is limited.  Detailed information regarding the nursing program, selection, and other important particulars is available on the School 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 all college level work.
  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". There are changes in education requirements for Nursing programs during COVID-19, please check our webpage for more details.
    • 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.  (English 1A, Freshman Composition, is the highly recommended course. English course must have a research component).

​Application and Selection:

  1.  The School of Health Sciences & Education 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 School of Health Sciences & Education 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 School 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 Office of Health Sciences & Education.  All advanced standing applicants are accepted to the program on a space available basis.

Entrance to the nursing program is limited to students who have completed the science and English prerequisite courses, have applied, have passed the TEAS exam and been notified of acceptance into the nursing program.

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 Transition Option, the applicant must:

  1. Have current licensure in California as a vocational nurse.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all college level work.
  3. 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". There are changes in education requirements for Nursing programs during COVID-19, please check our webpage for more details.
    • Human Anatomy with a lab component
    • Human Physiology with a lab component
    • Microbiology with a lab component
  4. 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.
  5. Have a "C" or better in any 3 unit college level transferable English course with a research component. (English 001A, Freshman Composition, is the highly recommended course. Eligible English course must have a research component).

Application and Selection

  1. The School of Health Sciences & Education webpage contains information regarding specific selection processes and application dates.

  2. A random selection process of qualified applications will be used to determine entrance once all applications are evaluated.
  3. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status via email.

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 School of Health Sciences & Education 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 School of Health Sciences & Education 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 School of Health Sciences & Education webpage.

Nursing Counselor:
Students seeking advising should see the Nursing Counselor.

Ana Stockwell
Astockwell@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7415

Faculty:

Wendy Alberty
walberty@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.773.2569

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

Stephanie Montalvo
Registered Nursing
rmontalvo@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.773.2582

Sarah Fry
Health Sciences, Registered Nursing
sfry@collegeofthedesert.edu    
760.776.7225

Amy Hetherington
Registered Nursing
ahetherington@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7292

Lisa Kinsey
Health Sciences, Registered Nursing
likinsey@collegeofthedesert.edu    
760.862.1357

Lonnie Mills 
Registered Nursing
lomills@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.565.4805

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 (N)

N 001  Basic Concepts in Nursing Practice   Units: 8

This course introduces students to the organizing framework of the program and to the nursing process. The focus is on optimum wellness. Basic care concepts and skills common to promoting, maintaining or restoring health are presented in the classroom and practiced in college and clinical laboratories. Care is focused on the needs of medical, surgical and geriatric clients. A materials fee of $80.00 - $120.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 216          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

N 002  Nursing Practice for Commonly Occurring Alterations in Health   Units: 9

This course builds on foundational concepts introduced in Nursing 1. Emphasis is on the nursing management of adults, women in labor and children experiencing commonly occurring alterations in health and promoting optimum wellness in the childbearing family. A materials fee of $70.00 - $110.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 90         Lab Hours: 216          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

N 003A  Concepts of Nursing Practice - Complex Alterations in Health   Units: 9

Previously learned principles of medical surgical nursing will be built upon in this course. Nursing 3A focuses on promoting, maintaining or restoring health of clients with alterations in psychological and/or physiological functioning. Specific topics covered in this course include men's and women's health, health alterations in respiratory and cardiac systems, conditions of immune response, and psychosocial alterations impacting individuals and families. Clinical experiences will include both inpatient and community-based settings. A materials fee of $80.00 - $120.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 270          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 002 Corequisite: N 003B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

N 003B  Issues in Nursing   Units: 0.5

This course introduces the student to the non-clinical aspects of nursing and discusses professional, credentialing, collective bargaining, nursing organizations, and legal, ethical and bioethical issues frequently encountered by the new graduate. This course may be used for continuing education credit.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

N 004  Concepts of Nursing Practice-Acute Complex Alterations in Health   Units: 9.5

In this course students gain knowledge and experience with clients whose optimum level of wellness is altered by acute and complex conditions. Students will gain experience as direct care providers in the acute/critical/emergent and home health care settings utilizing concepts of care management. A materials fee of $20.00 - $50.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 81         Lab Hours: 270          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 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 physical and mental health are covered. (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. The focus is on how 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 061  Medical Terminology   Units: 2

This course introduces medical terminology as used by all health service personnel, including medical doctors, dentists, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, EMTs, medical secretaries and doctors' office assistants.
Lecture Hours: 36         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 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 064  Nurse Assistant   Units: 6

This course includes basic nursing principles used in the care of clients in long-term care facilities. The content addresses the basic needs of clients; concepts of ethics and confidentiality; techniques of communication; reporting and recording of observations and basic assessments; performance of special treatments, procedures and skills required for client care. Successful completion of the course results in eligibility to take the state-approved test that leads to certification as a nursing assistant.
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: 135          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 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 066  Home Health Aide   Units: 2

This course expands on the content taught in the nursing assistant course to provide preparation for care of residents in home care settings. Content emphasizes personal care, basic communications, safety, meal planning, and maintaining a healthful environment.
Lecture Hours: 27         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
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: HS 065 HS 067 & HS 074
Advisory: 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 095A  Health Sciences Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and education or occupational goals are directly related to Health Sciences.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
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 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