Frequently Asked Questions


I applied to COTC. Is that the same as applying to the ADN program?

No. The ADN program is a competitive, selective healthcare program. Students first apply to COTC (the college) and indicate interest in a health technologies program (or apply to a pre-health track). Then students complete a separate application to apply to the ADN program.

How do I learn about the application process for the ADN program?

Students interested in the ADN program must register and attend an information meeting

What are the requirements to apply to the ADN program?

Prerequisite classes must be completed

There are classes students must take, have taken or can be awarded transfer credit for — before they can apply to the ADN program:

  • A full unit of high school biology or Introduction to Biology
  • A full unit of high school chemistry or Introduction to Chemistry Principles
  • or higher college equivalents
  • or approved COTC transfer credit for Anatomy & Physiology I

Students who have taken the courses or receive transfer credit for the courses must have gotten a grade C or higher. 

Health Selection Exam

Students must complete the HESI exam for the ADN program. View more information about the HESI exam, how to register, and the cost here.


Students must provide verification (card or registry number) of current status as an Ohio state tested nurse aide (STNA). The COTC course that provides eligibility for STNA testing is NURS 002 Basic Health Care Skills.


Students must submit official high school transcript with graduation date or official GED transcript. High school seniors must send a current transcript during their senior year and a final transcript after graduation. Additionally, official transcripts from all career centers, colleges, and universities attended past and current with GPA must be sent. ALL foreign transcripts (high school and colleges) must be evaluated by a NACES Member-

When are applications for the ADN program available/due?

Applications are typically available one month prior to the deadline. Request the application from your assigned advisor or email

Application due dates or deadlines are:

  • Feb. 15 (Summer semester start — mid-late May)
  • June 1 (Autumn semester start — late August)
  • Oct. 1 (Spring semester start — early January)

Are there additional requirements if I’m accepted into the ADN program?


Students must have a CPR—American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Certificate for clinical sites upon being selected into the program.

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a Plan of Study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students will be required to take classes on campus for the ADN program. Some general education courses may be available online, but students should plan to be on campus to use equipment and engage in hands-on learning.

Are there any student organizations for nursing students?

Alpha Delta Nu recognizes the academic excellence of students in the study of associate degree of nursing. The society encourages the pursuit of advanced degrees in the profession of nursing as well as a lifelong professional responsibility. Additionally, the society shall participate in the recruitment of qualified individuals into the profession of nursing. Full membership is granted in the final semester of study if the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA and earns a grade of B or better in all courses. Students shall have demonstrated conduct that reflects integrity and professionalism. Faculty advisors: Kris Bowman and Jeri Whiteus.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate degree in nursing? 

Yes. Students interested in continuing on to pursue a bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has transfer agreements with:

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.