Frequently Asked Questions


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

No. The LPN to 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 LPN to ADN program.

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

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

What are the requirements to apply to the LPN to ADN program?

Pre-requisite 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 LPN to ADN program:

  • MATH 130: Introduction to Statistics
  • BIO 130: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology

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

Health Selection Exam

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

LPN License

A student applying to the LPN to ADN program must have the unencumbered Ohio LPN license with meds approval. Students that have scheduled to take the NCLEX-PN can apply with proof of registration as long as the test date is prior to the start of the semester. Results showing licensure must be submitted prior to first day of the semester of admission.


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 LPN to ADN program available/due?

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

Applications due dates based on campus location:
  • Feb. 15 (Summer semester start — mid-late May)
  • June 1 (Autumn semester start — late August)
  • Oct. 1 (Spring semester start — early January)
  • 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 LPN to 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 LPN to 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.

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 the LPN to ADN program?

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