I applied to COTC. Is that the same as applying to the
practical nursing program?
No. The practical nursing 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 practical nursing program.
How do I learn about the application process for the practical
Students interested in the practical nursing program
must register and attend an information meeting.
What are the requirements to apply to the practical
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
practical nursing program. You must have one of the
- A full unit of high school biology or Introduction to
- Higher college equivalents
- Approved COTC transfer credit for human biology
or Anatomy and Physiology I
Students who have taken the courses or receive transfer credit
for the courses must have received a grade C or higher.
Students must complete an ATI TEAS exam before
applying to the practical nursing 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 practical
Provide verification (card or registry number) of current status
as a state tested nurse aide (STNA). The COTC course that
provides eligibility for STNA testing is NURS 002 Basic Health
When are applications for the practical nursing program
Applications are typically available for completion 4-6 weeks
before the due date or deadline to submit.
Applications due dates based on campus location:
- June 1 (Autumn semester start — typically late August)
- October 1 (Spring semester start — typically early
- October 1 (Spring semester start — typically early January)
Are there additional requirements if I’m accepted into the
practical nursing program?
Students must have a CPR—American Heart Association Healthcare
Provider Certificate for clinical sites upon being selected into
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
practical nursing 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.
Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the
practical nursing certificate?
Students interested in pursuing an associate degree to
become registered nurses after completing the practical nursing
certificate have the option to apply to our LPN to Associate Degree
Nursing transition program.
What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for
COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students
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 NWKemail@example.com.
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