NEWARK, Ohio, September 11, 2017 – The associate degree nursing program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) recently received re-accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN).
As the leading authority in nursing accreditation, the goal of the ACEN is to strengthen quality of nursing education through a common core of standards and criteria.
"Participating in the ACEN accreditation process gives a program the opportunity to validate that it is committed to providing a quality nursing program and through the review of the program by peers, the extent to which the program meets expected standards of educational quality specific to nursing education," said Sandra Walker, Dean for Health Sciences and Nursing Programs.
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 associates of applied science in nursing and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam (NCLEXRN) to become a registered nurse.
COTC offers nursing opportunities in: Associate Degree Nursing (RN) - COTC graduates earn an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Technology with this traditional five semester plan of study; LPN to RN Transition - COTC offers a four semester transition 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 the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million registered nurses will be needed by 2020 and the average national nursing salary is $67,720.
Accreditation from ACEN is a voluntary, non-governmental, external peer-review process that promotes institutions and academic programs embracing quality assurance and quality improvement.
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. 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.