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Quality Assurance 2016-2017

These are 2016-2017 Plans of Study.

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Note: The Bioscience Technology Certificate will be discontinued after Summer 2017.

Individuals who have high standards, are logical and observant, good at problem solving, and have an investigative mind, are a great fit for a career as a Quality Assurance Technician. Quality assurance technicians are responsible for monitoring, testing, and continuously improving the quality of products and services for today’s businesses.

Coursework in Columbus State’s Quality Assurance program will include an introduction to manufacturing, statistical process control, value engineering, and technical writing. Participants will study and practice the major elements and concepts of total quality management, including principles and styles of systems thinking, continuous improvement, management by data, and historic influences of leaders in quality management. Students will learn statistical methods to determine reliability, the effectiveness of data analysis, the use of simulations, and ways to improve system performance.

Graduates will find a wide range of opportunities in fields as diverse as manufacturing, banking, insurance, or food processing. As valuable members of the business team, graduates will apply the tools of their chosen field in a problem-solving process to achieve significant gains for the company. These gains include product improvement, reducing scrap, shortening cycle time, and improving profitability. Quality assurance technicians have the satisfaction of working in an area that is essential, not only to profitability, but also to survival of the business.

Quality Assurance Technology Associate Degree

Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
MATH 1113 Technical Mathematics 5
ENGT 1115 Engineering Graphics 3
MECH 1150 Manufacturing Materials & Processes 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective (Select from Approved List) 3
Semester 2 . .
PHYS 1200 Algebra Based Physics I 5
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list 3
QUAL 1112 Total Quality Management 4
MECH 1240 Machine Tools 3
Semester 3 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list 3
COMM 2204 Technical Writing 3
BMGT 1102 Interpersonal Skills 2
QUAL 2111 Reliability System Analysis 4
BISI 1101 Bioscience Tech I 4
Semester 4 . .
BISI 1103 Bioscience Tech II 4
QUAL 2900 Field Experience: Quality Assurance 2
MECH 2270 Engineering Statistics 3
BMGT 2250 Project Management Principles 3
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective (Select from Approved List) 3

Basic Electives: Select from Approved list

BMGT 2216 Business Ethics 3
BMGT 2280 Professional Development 1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts 3
ESSH 1101 Introduction to Environmental Science, Safety & Health 3
ITST 1101 Industrial Applications & Software 2
MULT 1525 Basic Healthcare Analytics 1

Approved General Education (GE) List


ARCH 2100 History of Architecture 3
HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3


ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography 3
POLS 1100 American Government 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3


Quick Notes on QA:

  • Salaries for QA technician job postings in Columbus are seven percent higher than the national average. (Source:
  • Students work on quality improvement projects for local organizations as part of their course work.
  • The quality movement started in manufacturing, but it is now applied to service, health care, education and government sectors.
  • A career in QA may combine technical knowledge, change management, people skills and teaching.

The Quality Assurance Technology also shares related courses with the Electronic Engineering Technology and the Mechanical Engineering Technology. For additional information, refer to Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology, which are listed in this section of the catalog.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Quality Assurance Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Improve products, processes and systems in manufacturing and service environments by selectively applying statistical and quality improvement tools according to the Shewhart Cycle.
  • Apply a variety of teamwork, leadership, and communications skills (verbal, written, and graphic) to communicate effectively with clients, suppliers, co-workers and others in the work environment.
  • Apply fundamental principles of project management.
  • Read and interpret engineering blueprints, drawings, specifications and quality charts.
  • Apply a basic knowledge of physics, electronics, manufacturing processes, metrology, and materials testing and analysis to improving, and/or designing new products and processes.
  • Apply knowledge of specifications, sampling plans and testing techniques to the analysis of materials, components and systems.
  • Apply cost estimating techniques and cost containment procedures to new and existing products and systems, while maintaining or improving quality.
  • Apply the elements of current quality management trends including inspection, traceability/documentation, quality audits, and nonconforming identification and review processes to business elements within an organization.

Bioscience Technology (BISI)

Bioscience comprises a diverse group of industries and activities that apply the knowledge of living systems to develop and manufacture tomorrow’s products and solutions, including:

  • Agricultural Feedstocks & Chemicals
  • Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Devices & Equipment
  • Research & Testing

Bioscience entry level careers include:

  • Aseptic Fill Technician – Prepares finished product from purified active pharmaceutical ingredients, operates/ maintains equipment, maintains records.
  • Machine Operator – Coordinates and consults with other workers to design, lay out, and/or detail components and systems.
  • Manufacturing Technician – Assists manufacturing staff in special operations, operates and maintains production equipment, assists in manufacturing production-scale products, maintains records.
  • Material Handler – Collects and distributes materials between departments and shipping, wraps and protects materials for safe transport, loads and unloads materials.

Columbus State has partnered with BioOhio for the development of a statewide Bioscience Technology Certificate. Instruction will be provided on common types of process control systems and common process variables used to manufacture pharmaceutical, food, and medical products and in sterile process technology.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and FDA regulations for the bioscience industry will be emphasized. Students will demonstrate competency in key knowledge and skill areas through a capstone project. This training will also include workplace skills for team building, communication, time management, and other related areas.

Bioscience Technology Certificate

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Semester 1 . .
BMGT 1102 Interpersonal Skills 2
BISI 1101 Bioscience Technology I 4
Semester 2 . .
BISI 1103 Bioscience Technology II 4
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective (Select from Approved List) 3