NEWARK, Ohio, July 30, 2018 – The associate degree nursing program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently received accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) making it the first dual accredited program in the state. The program already holds full accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
The NLN CNEA promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce.
"In this era of health care reform and market demand, the education of nurses is undergoing significant upheaval and revision. Strong nursing graduates are essential to the health of our communities. Accreditation remains a constant, nationally recognized marker of educational quality and program outcome achievement," said Sandra Walker, dean for health sciences and nursing programs. "Student outcomes and program outcomes are vitally important, and we monitor them closely to assure the quality of the program meets accreditation standards."
The associate degree nursing curriculum at COTC provides a balance of general education and nursing courses. Carefully planned clinical laboratory experiences are an integral part of all nursing courses and encompass caring for all age groups in various patient care settings. Affiliated health care facilities in central and east-central Ohio are utilized to provide clinical experiences for students. Graduates are awarded an associate of applied science in nursing and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.
COTC offers nursing opportunities in Associate Degree Nursing (RN) - COTC graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology with this traditional five-semester plan of study; LPN to RN Transition - COTC offers a three-semester advanced placement option for Licensed Practical Nurses; and Practical Nursing (LPN) and State Test Nursing Aide (STNA) Certificate programs.
The nursing program at Central Ohio Technical College is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
According to Ohio Labor Market Information, the median annual wage of registered nurses is $63,639.
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. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.