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Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology


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).
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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. 


Students must complete an ATI TEAS exam before applying to the paramedic to ADN program.  Students must create an account to register. 

There is also a fee students must pay to take the ATI TEAS test, so we highly recommend students prepare for the exam and take advantage of test prep materials. Students can re-test if they choose. 

ATI TEAS exam scores are good for 12 months, and the most recent score will be the one considered as part of a student’s paramedic to ADN application.

Paramedic certification

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

When are applications for the paramedic to ADN program available/due?

Applications are typically available in late April/early May. The deadline to apply to the paramedic to ADN program is June 1 each year. 

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. 

  • Paramedic to ADN Plan of Study (coming soon)

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. 


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.