Paramedic to Associate Degree Nursing

Associate of Applied Science


Capitalize on your training in emergency medical services as a pathway to an associate degree in nursing. Central Ohio Technical College offers a four-semester transition degree option for certified paramedics to complete the education they need to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and become registered nurses (RNs). 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 the Pataskala campus. 

Why Choose COTC?

Benefits of the program: 

  • Carefully planned clinical laboratory 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.
  • 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. 
  • The pre-licensure nursing programs at COTC prepare graduates to continue their education and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

License/Credentialing Eligibility

  • Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are eligible 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
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Paramedic to ADN Application Requirements

The paramedic to ADN program is a competitive, selective healthcare program. There are enrollment requirements in addition to the COTC admission application. Students must submit a paramedic to ADN program application and supporting material to be considered for admission to the program. The deadline to apply to the program is June 1.

Download a printable application checklist. Paramedic Transition to Associate Degree Nursing Checklist


Frequently Asked Questions

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

No. The paramedic 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 paramedic to ADN program.

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

Students interested in the paramedic to ADN program must register and attend a nursing information meeting

What are the requirements to apply to the paramedic 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 paramedic to 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 Paramedic to ADN program. View more information about the HESI exam, how to register, and the cost here.

Paramedic certification

A student applying to the paramedic to ADN program must hold a current paramedic certificate to practice in the state of Ohio.


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 paramedic to ADN program available/due?

Applications are typically available one month prior to the deadline. The deadline to apply to the paramedic to ADN program is June 1 each year. Request the application from your assign advisor or email

Are there additional requirements if I’m accepted into the paramedic 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 paramedic 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 paramedic 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. 


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.

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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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Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410
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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 2018 = 92.18% (compared to national rate of 88.3%)

Year End 2019 = 93.09% (compared to national rate of 88.18%)

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%)


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.


Paramedic to Associate Degree Nursing — Learning Outcomes

​​​Statement of Purpose

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