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The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs are designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue baccalaureate degree programs. The curriculum fulfills the freshman and sophomore general education requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Effective general education helps students gain competence in the exercise of independent intellectual inquiry and also stimulates their examination of understanding of personal, social and civic values. In addition, these degrees will fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. In essence, upon completion of the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science, students will have a well-rounded general education to augment the final two years required for a Bachelor’s degree.

The Associate of Arts is awarded with the following focus areas:

  • Business Administration Focus
  • Communication Focus
  • Criminal Justice Focus
  • Education Focus
  • English Focus
  • Liberal Arts Focus
  • Paralegal Focus
  • Philosophy Focus
  • Psychology Focus
  • Social Work Focus
  • Sociology Focus

The Associate of Science is awarded with the following focus areas:

  • Business Administration, Accounting Focus
  • Business Administration, Management Focus
  • Computer Science Focus
  • Criminal Justice Focus
  • Forensic Science Focus
  • Mathematics Focus
  • Pre-Mortuary Science Focus
  • Pre-Professional Studies Focus



The Associate of Applied Business Degree is awarded in the following programs:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration – Business Management
  • Business Administration – Marketing
  • Information Technology - Cyber Security
  • Information Technology – Networking
  • Visual Communications Media and Technology – Graphic Design



The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded in the following programs:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Bioscience
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Fastrack
  • Criminal Justice - Corrections Fastrack
  • Early Childhood Education – Pre-Kindergarten
  • Engineering Technology - Mechanical
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Services Technology
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Technology – Integrated Engineering
  • Industrial Technology – Manufacturing Technology Operations Management
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiological Sciences
  • Respiratory Care



The Technical Studies program allows a student who has specific needs that are not met by any single program at the College to combine elements of several technologies in a meaningful and logical way. Appropriate administrators and faculty will assist the student in formulating a course of study that closely matches his/her goals and needs. The course of study will be documented and upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded the Associate of Technical Studies degree.  

To pursue Technical Studies, a student must complete a special Technical Studies application form available from any academic division office. A student will be considered admitted to the Technical Studies program only after his/her course of study has been formulated and approved by the appropriate administration and faculty. Current (ATS) Adult Education Degrees are offered through:

  • Ashland County West Holmes Career Center

    Contact: 419-289-3313
    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Industrial Technology

  • Madison Adult Education

    Contact: 419-589-6363
    Automotive Technology, Welding Technology, Precision Machining/CNC Technology and Cosmetology

  • Pioneer Career & Technology Center

    Contact: 419-347-7744
    Industrial Technology and Welding



North Central State College offers certificate programs which are designed to allow students to complete a cluster of coordinated courses in a shorter period of time than an associate degree. Students in associate degree programs may benefit from adding a certificate to their areas of expertise. Upon successful completion of a certificate program, a “Certificate Request” form must be completed in the Office of Student Records in order to receive a certificate.

Certificates are awarded upon completion of prescribed courses of study in:

  • Accounting Tax Clerk
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture Management
  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Community Health Worker
  • Computerized Accounting
  • CNC Operations and Programming
  • Cyber Security Network Defense
  • Dental Assisting
  • Early Childhood Education Administration Credential
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Help Desk/Desktop Support
  • Home Visitor Childhood Development Associate Credential
  • Industrial Design
  • Integrated Systems Technology
  • Manufacturing Tool and Die
  • Microsoft Applications
  • Network Administration/Management
  • Network Security Administration
  • Network Security Essentials
  • Network Support
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy and EKG
  • Police Academy
  • Practical Nursing (One year Certificate of Achievement)
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate
  • Security Essentials
  • State Tested Nurse Assistant
  • Surgical Technology
  • Visual Communications Media and Technology
  • Windows Server Administration
  • Wireless Network Support

Some certificates have a special admission procedure or require special prerequisites. Detailed information is available in the Admissions Office. There is no limit on the number of certificates a student may request, but a new form must be completed for each.

Please note - a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average must be obtained for all required courses in order to receive any certificate at North Central State College.



NC State’s associate degree programs are designed so that a student who begins a program in the fall can complete that program within two years of full-time attendance following the recommended course load each semester.

A certificate program, like Practical Nursing, will require a year of full-time, daytime study, while shorter term certificate programs, like Real Estate, may require less than a year. Students attending on a part-time basis can expect to spend three to five years or more in completing an associate degree. In some programs, the course sequence and the prerequisites for courses can dictate the length of time necessary to complete the program. For further details regarding the curriculum and prerequisites for a specific program, contact the Student Success and Transition Center.



An acceptable Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) report/FBI background check is required to enter the clinical or practicum sequence of many of the health science programs, the Early Childhood Education program, and the Police Academy. Some programs also require drug screening. Contact the specific Program Directors for current information.



Program CPR requirements can be met by taking the appropriate non-credit coursework or HLST1010 CPR/First Aid.



The College strongly recommends that students be covered by medical insurance, which can be purchased either through a private carrier or through the College-sponsored insurance program. To obtain an application for the College-sponsored insurance program, contact the Admissions Office at 419-755-4761.



Bioscience, Early Childhood Education, Health Services Technology, Human Services, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiological Sciences, Registered Nursing, and Respiratory Care programs all require an acceptable health physical and verification of immunizations/immunities in order to participate in the program clinical, practicum, or lab activities. Contact the specific Program Directors for current information.



Students in Bioscience, Early Childhood Education, Health Services Technology, Human Services, Nursing (R.N. and P.N.), Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiological Sciences, and Respiratory Care programs are required to purchase professional liability insurance. Over the past several years, there have been a number of nationwide liability claims involving students enrolled in health technologies. These claims include error, negligence and omission, as well as personal torts. A student in one of these technologies has personal responsibility for his/her own actions in contact with patients, even though the student is not yet licensed, registered, or otherwise accredited for his/her profession. Coverage for students pays up to $1,000,000 for each claim and up to a total of $3,000,000 aggregate. The premium is assessed and paid through student fees. No student is permitted to attend a clinical facility or practicum unless covered by the student liability insurance program.



The Associate Degree Nursing, Bioscience, Early Childhood Education, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiological Sciences, Respiratory Care, Physical Therapist Assistant, Human Services, and Police Academy departments publish student handbooks. These student handbooks delineate specific department/program policies which are not explained in the general catalog. The specific policies as described in the department student handbooks take precedence over any general policy outlined in the College catalog. Copies may be requested through divisional offices.





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