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2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Overview of Academic Programs

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

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.

Associate of Technical Studies (ATS)

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.


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.

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.

Curriculum Length

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.

Background Check and Drug Screening

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 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 HLST 1010 - CPR/First Aid .

Medical Insurance

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.

Health Physical and Required Immunizations

Bioscience, Health Services Technology, 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.

Liability Insurance

Students in Bioscience, 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.

Special Academic Policies

The Associate Degree Nursing, Bioscience, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiological Sciences, Respiratory Care, Physical Therapist Assistant, Human Services, and Criminal Justice 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.