Get Job Ready Now with New COTC Short-Term Certificates

​​​ NEWARK, Ohio, April 19, 2018—Central Ohio residents can fast-track a new career or expand their current professional credentials thanks to several new short-term certificates offered at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Starting summer semester 2018, community members can earn a certificate in the high-demand fields of addiction studies, electrocardiography and phlebotomy. All three new certificate programs offer immediate job eligibility upon completion, can be completed in one or two semesters and have no admission requirements—allowing students to get started on a career path immediately. Many classes are conveniently offered online. Prospective students still have time to enroll for summer semester, which beings May 14. Visit, call 740-366-9494 or email to to learn more about how COTC can start you on an affordable pathway to a career, or apply online at


Addiction Studies
Two semesters to completion
      31% through 2022$21,000 - $24,0000
One semester to completion
      30% through 2024$32,710 (median 2016)
Electrocardiography Technician
One semester to completion
      17% through 2026$55,570 (median 2016)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

New certificates available summer semester 2018

Graduates of COTC's 18-credit hour Addiction Studies Certificate program will be immediately employable in a variety of entry level positions assisting individuals and families with issues arising from addiction. This certificate can be completed as a stand-alone option and is also open to all current COTC students studying in disciplines that interact with addiction-related issues. Additionally, students completing the program's chemical dependency courses are eligible to take the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certification credentialing exam. Addiction counselor starting salaries range from $21,000-$24,000 annually, and employment opportunities are expected to increase 31 percent through 2022.*

The Electrocardiography Certificate will prepare students to operate EKG/ECG diagnostic equipment, which records and measures heart activity. Graduates will be awarded a certificate upon completing the 19-hour program and will be immediately eligible for employment in the field. Employment opportunities for this field are expected to increase by 17 percent through 2026. The median annual wage was $55,570 in May 2016.*

COTC's 18-credit hour Phlebotomy Certificate prepares students to draw blood for transfusions, research or blood donations in hospitals, ambulatory centers, clinics, and other healthcare settings. Phlebotomists typically enter the field with a postsecondary non-degree award such as COTC's certificate program. In Ohio, opportunities in this in-demand field are projected to grow 30 percent. Media annual wage in 2016 was $32,710.*

New associate degree and certificate programs coming in autumn semester 2018 and spring semester 2019:

  • Case Management for the Healthcare and Gerontology Professional Certificate
  • Home Healthcare Provider Certificate

Visit or call the COTC Gateway for information about these upcoming programs.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.