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COTC's Coshocton Campus to Host Practical Nursing Open House

Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will be holding a hands-on Practical Nursing Open House on September 1st from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Coshocton campus, 200 N. Whitewoman St. Prospective students and visitors can tour the high-tech labs and experience state-of-the-art equipment. Throughout the event, admissions representatives and faculty will be available to answer questions.

"The field of nursing is dynamic and the job market is very good in our region and beyond. For those interested in the nursing profession, practical nursing is a great way to start a nursing career," said Dean for Health Sciences and Nursing Programs Administrator Sandra Walker, EJD.

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) works directly with registered nurses and doctors to provide patients with medical care. LPNs are responsible for administering nursing care and monitoring the patient's health. LPNs may choose to work in long-term care and assisted living facilities, industrial settings, medical offices, private homes or acute care hospitals.

The practical nursing program at COTC offers a one-year plan of study. Students are immersed in a strong curriculum that provides a balance of general education and nursing courses, including carefully planned clinical laboratory experiences that require students to care for persons of all age groups. Graduates of this program are awarded a Certificate in Practical Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-PN).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Earnings are also higher than most expect. The statewide average starting salary for Licensed Practical Nurses is $40,944 according to Ohio Labor Market information.

For more information about the Practical Nursing Open House or the practical nursing program at COTC, contact the Coshocton campus Gateway at 740-622-1408, or email cotcgateway@cotc.edu.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.