COTC Nursing Partnership with Ohio State Nursing to Provide RN to BSN Path

​​​ NEWARK, Ohio, Oct. 5, 2018 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) has partnered with The Ohio State University's College of Nursing to provide a clear path for students in COTC's associate degree nursing program to transfer seamlessly into Ohio State's online RN to BSN program. It is known as the Path2BSN, and it prepares COTC students with Ohio State-approved courses to enable a transfer that avoids overlap or loss of credits.


Sandra Walker, E.J.D., M.S., RN, COTC dean for health sciences and nursing programs administrator said, "We wanted to develop this because we thought it was important for students to have accessible, affordable pathways for academic progression. This partnership is perhaps one of the best structured and is the result of three years of collaborative planning."

(l to r) Ohio State Nursing Dean Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Ph.D., RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, COTC Path2BSN student Sam Gastaldo and COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D.

There are two ways for students to accomplish the Path2BSN:

  • Option 1: 2 years at COTC plus 2 years of online classes with Ohio State
  • Option 2: 3 years at COTC plus 1 year of online classes with Ohio State​

"The Path2BSN provides a way for students to obtain their associate degree at COTC, while seamlessly completing our number one ranked online baccalaureate program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing! This pathway answers the call by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) to increase baccalaureate-prepared nurses while addressing access and affordability for the students in the Path2BSN," said Ohio State Nursing Dean Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, Ph.D., RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN.

Students work with both a COTC and a Path2BSN advisor to schedule the courses they need to earn an associate degree in nursing (ADN) at COTC and additional courses that will fulfill prerequisite requirements for Ohio State. Current COTC students interested in the Path2BSN should email for next steps on establishing their individualized curriculum plan to progress into Ohio State's online RN to BSN program. They will receive program requirements and registration information and will be assigned a semester window to apply to the RN to BSN program. 

"I chose COTC because it is affordable, fast-paced and has a good reputation. All of the advisors that I have worked with at both schools have made the transition process very smooth for me," said current Path2BSN student Sam Gastaldo.

The associate degree nursing curriculum at COTC provides a balance of general education and nursing courses. Carefully planned clinical laboratory experiences are an integral part of all nursing courses and encompass caring for all age groups in various patient care settings. Affiliated health care facilities in central and east central Ohio are utilized to provide clinical experiences for students. Graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology and are eligible to apply to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN).

COTC offers nursing opportunities in: associate degree nursing - COTC graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing Technology with this traditional five-semester plan of study leading to certification as an RN; Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN Transition - COTC offers a three-semester advanced placement option for LPNs; and one-year certificate programs leading to certification as a LPN or State Test Nurse Aide (STNA).

The nursing program at COTC is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is dual accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

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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 is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala. ​​​​​​