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Short Programs. Big Opportunities.

Earning a certificate is a great way to transition into a new career or get a promotion at your current job. A certificate provides intensive study (usually 1-2 semesters) in a specific discipline. Certificate programs do not qualify you to transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree, although some certificates can be applied toward an associate degree.

Many certificates don’t qualify for traditional financial aid, but Columbus State has identified 23 short-term programs in a variety of growing career fields that are scholarship eligible. That means you can get the training you need to advance your career without going into debt.

Scholarships for In-Demand Certificates

Thanks to a grant from the State of Ohio, we can offer three separate scholarships for students seeking to complete a job-ready certificate.

  • General scholarships based on financial need.
  • Adult Learner scholarships aimed at students age 25 and over.
  • Former Foster Youth scholarships for students who are just exiting the foster care system.

Contact grantsoffice@cscc.edu to see if you qualify.

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Eligible Certificates

All of the certificates listed below are covered by a scholarship for qualifying students. On this list, you’ll find careers  such as health care, hospitality, advanced manufacturing, computer science, and design. Once you’ve chosen a certificate, follow the steps to Get Started.

Health Care

One class: Earning this certificate will make you eligible for a job as a Nursing Assistant with employers such as hospitals, long-term care/rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies. Graduates are ready to take the State-Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) exam in Ohio. Further, this certificate is part of the Multi-Skilled Health Associate Degree, Registered Nurse (RN) Associate Degree, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Certificate, and Respiratory Care Associate of Applied Science Degree.

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One semester: EMS professionals work under the direction of a physician to act as the primary pre-hospital care provider in the health care system. Students in the EMT Certificate program must first complete the EMT course, and then pass the State/National EMT Certification written and practical exams. Once they're certified as an EMT, students can move on to Columbus State's Paramedic Certificate program.

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One semester: Earning this certificate will make you eligible for a job doing prescription processing, customer service, data entry, prescription filling, non-sterile and sterile compounding, and other pharmacy related practices with employers such as Walgreens, CVS Health, Kroger, Ohio Health Systems, Mount Carmel Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and other independent, retail, institutional, and speciality pharmacies. Further, this certificate is part of the Multi-Skilled Health degree and continuing your education to earn this will make you eligible for employment as a Multi-Skilled Health Technician.

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One class: Earning this certificate will make you eligible for a job as a Patient Care Assistant with employers such as acute care hospitals or skilled care facilities. Further, this certificate is part of the Multi-Skilled Health Associate Degree.

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One class: Earning this certificate provides students with the skills to correctly perform the twelve lead EKG. Students will be able to perform functions such as troubleshooting source of instrumentation error, explaining results, and recognizing basic dysrhythmia. Students use this certification within many healthcare areas such as Phlebotomy, Surgical Technician, Emergency Room Technician, Medical Assistant, Paramedic, and Nursing. This certificate is part of the Multi-Skilled Health (MULT) Associate of Applied Science degree, and continuing your education will allow you to pursue these career opportunities.

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Two Semesters: The Phlebotomy Program is a nationally accredited program that prepares students with the entry-level skills they need to perform blood collections within a health care setting. Students who complete this program will be eligible to take a national certification exam through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Completion of this certificate counts towards the Multi-Skilled Health degree.

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25 credit hours. The Sport and Exercise Studies Youth Coaching Certificate prepares students to provide coaching leadership in youth league sports. The certificate is designed using the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) as a framework. Upon completion, students are encouraged to finish the ASEP certification. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency, and completion of Columbus State enrollment process. Career opportunities include coaching youth, school, and adult sport teams and individuals. These positions can be found in commercial, community, recreational, and academic settings.

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Two semesters: Earning this certificate and applying for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant state certification with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board will make you eligible for a job assessing patients in crisis, planning treatment, and performing case management. Local employers include Alvis 180, Maryhaven Inc, CompDrug, Concord, House of Hope, Southeast Integrated Healthcare, Syntero, Community for New Direction, and The Woods at Parkside. Students can apply this certificate toward an associate degree in Social and Human Services, which qualifies students to apply for state licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II.

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Supply Chain Management and Logistics

24 credit hours in two semesters. This course defines the concept of the supply chain and all of its components, from raw materials extracted from the earth to retail products ready for purchase by consumers. The principles learned in this track provide the necessary foundation for fully comprehending the following certification tracks.

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One semester: This course is intended to train students on the basics of warehousing so that they may quickly acclimate themselves and be effective contributors in warehouse and distribution operations. Key elements of the track include: the role of warehousing in the supply chain, facility configuration, storage and handling techniques, performance metrics, customer service considerations, and safety concerns across various types of distribution facilities.

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One semester: This course focuses on the importance of evaluation, selection, and maintenance of supplier functions, and the integration of internal functions with external supply chain partners.

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One semester: This course explains in detail the different types of transportation modes (air, water, rail, and pipeline) used throughout the supply chain, and the reasons for selecting certain modes. The track looks at cost drivers, such as dimension, weight, speed, etc., as well as delivery requirements and other special requirements, such as refrigerated or hazardous material transport.

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Automotive

One semester: Students who have already completed the Maintenance & Light Repair certificate can build on their skills when they complete the Auto Service Technician Certificate. They will be prepared to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams A7, A1, and A8, and they will have earned credit toward the Automotive Associate Degree.

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Hospitality

Three semesters: Start your 12-month program to learn basic skills and practice to become a professional cook. Our programs provide high quality curriculum, small class sizes, and individual attention by chef instructors and experienced, certified faculty. Move quickly through the basics of culinary arts and into the workplace. Credits earned for this certificate may apply towards Associate of Applied Science degrees in Culinary Apprenticeship, Restaurant & Foodservice Management and Baking & Pastry Arts. Upon successful completion of the written and practical exams from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and documented work experience, students may obtain ACF Certification at the level of Certified Culinarian (CC). This plan of study includes two academic components: classes with instructors in scheduled and structured environments and work hours completed in a retail environment within Mitchell Hall.

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Child Care

One semester: The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a nationally recognized credential for the early childhood education field. Earning this certificate qualifies students to apply for lead teaching positions in early childhood centers and preschools. Additionally, this certificate is sought after by early childhood programs because the State of Ohio will be requiring early childhood centers to hire lead teachers with the CDA or a higher credential in the coming years under a policy known as Step Up to Quality. This certificate counts toward the ECDE Associate of Applied Science Degree as well.

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Digital Design

One semester. The Adobe Illustrator Certificate is for students and working professionals who want to enhance their skillsets and is focused on industry standards for vector illustrations. The courses for this certificate are also required courses for the Digital Design and Graphics Associate Degree.

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One semester. The Adobe InDesign Advanced Certificate is for students and working professionals who want to enhance their skillsets and is focused on industry standards for page layout, text formatting, and creating paragraph, character, object, and table styles. The courses for this certificate are also required courses for the Digital Design and Graphics Associate Degree. (Before starting this program, students must have credit for DDG 1100.)

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Manufacturing

These certificates are not offered toward college credit.

56 hours: Electrical Certificate 1 teaches the fundamentals of AC/DC electrical systems, as well as how to install and troubleshoot electric motors, for a variety of manufacturing areas. The certificate includes online learning and hands-on training in our Integrated Systems Lab.

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The PLC Certificate series trains workers how to design, program and operate Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCS) - computers used in industrial robots. PLC controllers can automate a specific process, machine function, or even an entire production line. The certificate covers different technologies and equipment makers, and includes online learning and hands-on training in our Integrated Systems Lab.

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42 hours: This certificate teaches the skills needed to work with hydraulics in modern industry, from the basics through advanced techniques. Students learn industry-relevant skills on a variety of real-world equipment. The certificate covers both hydraulics and pneumatics, and includes online learning and hands-on training in our Integrated Systems Lab.

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49 hours: This course provides a comprehensive understanding of how to operate, install, and analyze mechanical drives and how they are used in real-world applications. Learners will learn belt drives, chain drives, and other methods for transferring power. The certificate includes online learning and hands-on training in our Integrated Systems Lab.

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105 hours: Multi-Craft Technicians support the efficient operation of machinery and industrial equipment. Students learn AC/DC electrical systems, electric motor control, basic hydraulics, electronic sensors, and mechanical drive system. The certificate includes online learning and hands-on training in our Integrated Systems Lab.

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