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Certificate Pathways Scholarship

Get your foot in the door, then get to the next level

Even if you're looking for the first step in your career, we know you're still aiming high. With a career pathway scholarship, you can get an entry level certificate, then keep adding to your credentials to get to the next phase of your career.

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, we can offer a $2,000 scholarship for each of the short-term certificates listed below. And you can come back to get additional scholarships! We've laid out sample career pathways below showing how certificates "stack" up to higher positions - and higher earning potential. 

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Certificate Pathways

Build your potential: Earn a short-term certificate to qualify for a job quickly. Then, come back for additional certificates or degrees. Each new credential takes you up the career ladder and qualifies you for higher-paying jobs - we've prepared these sample paths to show you how your career can grow.

Medical Laboratory Pathway

Two Semesters: The Phlebotomy Certificate Program prepares students with entry-level skills to perform blood collections within a healthcare setting. Students complete a minimum of 100 clinical hours and 100 venipunctures. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to take a certification exam. 

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Job Titles: Laboratory Technicians, Phlebotomists, Laboratory Assistants 

Top Companies: Aerotek, Nationwide Children's Hospital, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, American Red Cross, ProMedica 

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $17/hr

One Semester: The Clinical Laboratory Assisting Certificate is designed to provide exposure to the clinical laboratory techniques and procedures needed in entry-level laboratory jobs. 

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Job Titles: Laboratory Assistants, Specimen Accessioners 

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, LabCorp, OhioHealth, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $16/hour or $33.2K/yr 

Five Semesters: The Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares graduates to perform laboratory procedures in a variety of settings. Students learn from both online classes, hands-on campus laboratories, and clinicals at local healthcare facilities.

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Job Titles: Laboratory Technicians, Medical Laboratory Technicians

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Actalent, LabCorp, OhioHealth, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Mount Carmel Health System

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $20/hr or $41.6K/yr 

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding.

The Medical Laboratory Science Program provides students with an education in clinical laboratory science and prepares graduates to become certified medical laboratory scientists (MLS). The program has four degree "tracks" to choose from based on the future academic and professional career goals of the student. 

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Job Titles: Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Technologist 

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, LabCorp, OhioHealth, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Mount Carmel Health System 

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $26.05/hr or $54.2K/yr 

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding. 

Pharmacy Science Pathway

Two Semesters: The Pharmacy Technician Program is an entry-level certificate program that prepares students for a career as a pharmacy technician. Students learn to prepare medications, perform dosage calculations, and other real-world tasks.

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Job Titles: Pharmacy Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technicians-in-Training, Compounding Pharmacy Technicians, Sterile Compounding Pharmacy Technicians, Inpatient Pharmacy Technicians 

Top Companies: CVS Health, Kroger Pharmacy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Walgreens, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health Systems, Meijer Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $41,600/yr

Five Semesters: The Associate of Science in Biology fulfills the first two years of a bachelor's degree, preparing a student to transfer on to a four-year college. Check with your advisor before transferring.

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Job Titles: Pharmacy Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technicians-in-Training, Compounding Pharmacy Technicians, Sterile Compounding Pharmacy Technicians, Inpatient Pharmacy Technicians 

Top Companies: CVS Health, Kroger Pharmacy, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Walgreens, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health Systems, Meijer Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $41,600/yr

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding.

 

Addiction and Social Services Pathway

Two Semesters: The Addiction Studies Certificate prepares students for an entry-level credential in the addictions field. Students learn theories of addiction, assessment of substance use disorders, and treatment planning.

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Job Titles: Counselors, Case Managers, Counselor Assistants, Patient Care Assistants, Substance Abuse Counselors

Top Companies: Maryhaven Inc., Alvis Inc., Southeast Integrated Healthcare Inc., Concord Counseling, Goodwill Columbus

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $20.65/hr or $42.9K/yr

Five Semesters: Students in this program are prepared to support persons in difficult life situations such as developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, and substance use disorders. The program includes 315 hours of hands-on clinical experience. 

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Job Titles: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, Child, Social Work Assistant, Social & Human Service Assistants, Community Health Workers, Eligibility Interviewers- Government Programs, Community & Social Service Specialists, Psychiatric Technicians

Top Companies: Maryhaven Inc., Alvis Inc., Southeast Integrated Healthcare Inc., Concord Counseling, Goodwill Columbus

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $18.06/hr or $37.6K/yr

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding.

Healthcare Management Pathway

Two Semesters: Students gain vital knowledge and experience toward becoming a manager in healthcare. 

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Job Titles: Healthcare Office Lead, Healthcare Frontline Support Lead, Lead Technician, Healthcare Office Coordinator

Top Companies: Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Anthem Blue Cross, Mount Carmel Health System 

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $16/hr or $34K/yr

Five Semesters: Graduates of this program are qualified to manage the business of healthcare. Graduates learn about current trends in healthcare, how to evaluate and improve healthcare operations, and have a strong grasp of the legal principles inherent in the healthcare system.

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Job Titles: Program Managers, First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers in healthcare, Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Medical and Health Services Managers

Top Companies: Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Anthem Blue Cross, Mount Carmel Health System

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $24/hr or $44K/yr

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding.

 

Health Information Pathway 1

Two Semesters: The HIM Technician Certificate prepares students to assist in compiling orderly patient charts (paper, hybrid, or electronic) to meet the requirements for licensure and certification. Students also learn how to perform duties such as release of information to help assist in continuity of patient care. 

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Job Titles: Health Information Technician, Medical Records Clerk, Health Information Management (HIM) Specialist

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $17.00-22.00/hr or $36-46K/yr

Three Semesters: The Medical Coding Certificate program provides students with the entry-level skills needed to code, classify, and index diagnoses and procedures for the purpose of reimbursement, standardization, retrieval, and statistical analysis. Students learn fundamental concepts of medical coding and medical reimbursement. 

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Job Titles: Medical Coder, Coding Specialist, Inpatient Coder, Outpatient Coder, Facility Coder, Professional Coder 

Top Companies: Central Ohio Primary Care, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $22.00/hr or $45K/yr

Five Semesters: The Health Information Management Technology AAS degree prepares the student to maintain health records systems and follow medical, administrative, and legal guidelines.

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Job Titles: Disease Registrar, Medical Coder, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Master Patient Index Specialist, Revenue Integrity Specialist, Privacy Analyst, Data Quality Analyst, Clinical Data Specialist, Senior HIM Specialist

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $18.00-26.00/hr or $37-55K/yr

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding.

Health Information Pathway 2

Two Semesters: The HIM Technician Certificate prepares students to assist in compiling orderly patient charts (paper, hybrid, or electronic) to meet the requirements for licensure and certification. Students also learn how to perform duties such as release of information to help assist in continuity of patient care. 

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Job Titles: Health Information Technician, Medical Records Clerk, Health Information Management (HIM) Specialist

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $17.00-22.00/hr or $36-46K/yr

Five Semesters: The Health Information Management Technology AAS degree prepares the student to maintain health records systems and follow medical, administrative, and legal guidelines.

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Job Titles: Disease Registrar, Medical Coder, Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Master Patient Index Specialist, Revenue Integrity Specialist, Privacy Analyst, Data Quality Analyst, Clinical Data Specialist, Senior HIM Specialist

Top Companies: Nationwide Children's Hospital, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Health System, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Average Salary in Central Ohio: $18.00-26.00/hr or $37-55K/yr

The certificate scholarship does not apply to this degree program. Check with Financial Aid for more sources of scholarship funding.

 
 

How to Apply

Eligible students may be awarded a $2,000 scholarship toward the cost of attendance. To apply, fill out a Scholarship Application Form. We'll contact you if you qualify and help you through the next steps.

  • Applicants must be a resident of Ohio.
  • Applicants must sign up for a certificate program listed on this page (The scholarship does not apply to associate degrees or bachelor's degrees). According to state rules, the scholarship can only pay for classes and fees that apply to your certificate.
  • Scholarships can be used not only for tuition, but also expenses such as school supplies, lab supplies, documentation and certifications.
  • Once you complete your certificate, you may apply for another certificate scholarship.
  • If you haven't already done so, you will need to apply for admission to Columbus State and register for classes. See the Get Started Guide or Returning Students.
  • Don't pay your tuition yet! We can only apply the scholarship if you have an unpaid balance on your account.

Apply for the Scholarship

Need more information? Email or email grantsoffice@cscc.edu or Patrick Bookman at pbookman@cscc.edu