Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know which nursing pathway to choose? 

We encourage students to schedule an appointment with an admissions representative. An admissions representative can help answer questions students have about the nursing program and pathways to make an informed decision that is right for them.

What regulation and accreditation do the nursing programs at COTC have?

P​re-licensure nursing programs in Ohio are regulated by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Programs must meet and maintain the requirements of Ohio Administrative Code 4723-5. The mission of the Ohio Board of Nursing is to actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care ( The associate degree nursing (ADN) program and the practical nursing certificate program are fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and are offered at the Coshocton, Knox and Newark campuses.

Nursing education programs may voluntarily seek accreditation. National accreditation means that the program adheres to common standards of quality set by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is intended to create a culture of continuous quality improvement of academic quality. 

In nursing, the purpose of accreditation is to ensure that nursing education programs across the United States are being held to common standards of quality. Accreditation may impact financial aid and may influence the transferability of credits if the graduate wishes to transfer to another college or pursue additional degrees. Read more at

As of 2018, COTC’s ADN program is the only program in Ohio dual-accredited through both the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). 

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.