Nursing Technology

Associate of Applied Science


Registered nurses (RNs) are an integral part of a healthcare team. RNs typically administer medication, treatments and offer educational advice to patients. RNs often supervise licensed practical nurses (LPNs). COTC graduates of the ADN program are prepared to function in beginning staff-level RN positions in a variety of healthcare facilities and are also prepared to continue their education if they choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

According to the Department of Labor, RNs are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations. Thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation, especially as the median age of the RN population continues to rise.

Why Choose COTC?

Some benefits of the COTC program are:

  • The curriculum provides a balance of general education and nursing courses and has been developed to provide a strong foundation for academic progression in nursing. 
  • Carefully planned clinical experiences are an integral part of all nursing courses and encompass caring for persons in various age groups who need nursing care for a variety of reasons.
  • Affiliated healthcare facilities in central and east-central Ohio are utilized to provide clinical experiences for students.

License/Credentialing Eligibility

  • Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), to become registered nurses (RNs).
Nursing Student Handbook of Policies and Procedures
Nursing Student Lab Policies
Nursing Clinical Schedule

ADN Application Requirements

The ADN program is a competitive, selective program. There are enrollment requirements in addition to the COTC admission application. Students must submit an ADN program application and supporting material to be considered for admission to the program.

Download a printable application checklist. Associate Degree Nursing Checklist


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. 


Program Accreditation Information


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Associate Degree in Nursing Program Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The 2020 survey resulted in continuing accreditation.

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020

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Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.

Approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing
Whose mission is to actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care. 
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Suite 400
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410
614.466.3947 • FAX: 614.466.0388

The Central Ohio Technical College Nursing Program is fully compliant with the Ohio Board of Nursing regulations and Ohio Revised Code requirements for nursing educational programs content. Students completing a nursing education program at Central Ohio Technical College are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam for Ohio licensure. The Central Ohio Technical College Nursing Program has not determined if their curriculum meets the educational requirements for any other states in the U.S. If you plan to complete your nursing education at Central Ohio Technical College and obtain your licensure in another state, you may find your desired state’s educational requirements provided by NCSBN at this link.

COTC Student Achievement Data

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology

Program Student Learning Outcomes Achieved

Standardized testing results confirm the nursing program is producing graduates competent in the six end-of-program student learning outcomes.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

Overall NCLEX-RN Trending:

Year End 2020 = 92.27% (compared to national rate of 86.58%)

Year End 2021 =  85.56% (compared to national rate of 82.48%)

Year End 2022 = 84.15 % (compared to national rate of 79.91%)

Year End 2023 = 92.72% (compared to national rate of 88.56%)


2019-2020 Academic Year: 83.5% of respondents indicated they had an RN position in healthcare within 12 months of graduation.

Program Completion

2020-2021 Academic Year: 76% completed the program within seven semesters.


Associate Degree Nursing – Learning Outcomes

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Nursing Technology program is to provide health education programs for emerging and practicing healthcare providers, accomplished through the values of integrity, quality, leadership, affordability and innovation.