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New equipment benefits COTC nursing students

| October 4, 2013

COSHOCTON – Students in the nursing program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) now enjoy the benefits of new lab equipment. COTC’s Coshocton campus obtained three additional mid-fidelity human patient simulators, life-like mannequins that replicate bodily responses, and SimPad portable computers for simulation-based training.

“These mannequins bring learning in the classroom to a whole new level,” said instructor Megan Hendershot. “Our students are able to have hands-on experience before they go out into the field. The education that we can provide with these mid-fidelity mannequins is top notch.”

Use of simulation-based technologies allows students to practice a variety of situations that they would otherwise have to read about in a book. It provides a safe environment for students to make mistakes, experience consequences and learn from their errors. Students learn to work effectively under pressure, improving both their nursing and critical thinking skills. The end result is a stronger focus on patient safety.

Two nursing programs can be completed at COTC’s Coshocton campus. Practical Nursing is a one-year certificate program, and graduates are eligible to apply to take a licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Current LPNs can complete the LPN to Associate Degree Nursing program. Upon completion, students can take a licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited, two-year college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC operates campus locations in Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

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