COTC Offers New Paramedic to RN Associate Degree

Enroll now for classes starting at Pataskala campus this autumn


Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will begin offering a new paramedic to associate degree nursing (ADN) program at its Pataskala campus. Students can apply now to start the new degree this autumn. This four-semester transition degree will allow certified paramedics to complete the education they need to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). COTC graduates of the paramedic to 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).

The paramedic to ADN transition degree program is offered exclusively at COTC’s Pataskala campus, located at 8660 E. Broad Street. The campus will reopen for classes in August after undergoing a $4.2 million renovation, bringing a new nursing and allied health skills lab, science and computer labs, classroom and academic support spaces, and student collaboration spaces to the completely renovated facility.

“This new degree will allow paramedics to capitalize on their emergency medical services training as a pathway to a nursing career,” said COTC President John M. Berry, PhD. “For paramedics, registered nursing offers a great career progression and a breadth of job opportunities.”

The average entry wage for RNs in Ohio is $26.06 per hour, or $52,204.80, according to Ohio Labor Market Information. Further, demand for RNs in Ohio is expected to increase almost 10% through 2028, according to Ohio Labor Market statewide projections.

How to apply
The paramedic to ADN is a competitive, selective program. All prospective students must attend a nursing information meeting to learn about the program and application requirements. Info session attendance is valid for one year. Prospective students must also complete the ATI TEAS selection exam. Students applying to the program must hold a current paramedic certificate to practice in the state of Ohio.

COTC will enroll a paramedic to ADN student cohort each autumn semester only. The deadline to apply for autumn semester 2021 is July 1. Starting in 2022, the deadline is June 1 each year.

The college will hold an upcoming nursing information meeting on Thursday, May 27. Learn more and register at

Learn more about how COTC can help you achieve your goals at To speak with an admissions counselor, email to or call COTC’s Pataskala campus at 740.755.7090.

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 has four campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.