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With more than 200 Online Learning courses, either web-based or hybrid, Cincinnati State has been a leader in distance education since 1995. In addition to an extensive slate of courses, several Cincinnati State programs of study are available through distance education.

Cincinnati State offers offers six associate degrees and four certificates completely online. Most programs can be taken by a blended delivery- a combination of online, hybrid, and traditional classroom courses. 

Some courses may require a proctored test or exam, contact your program chair for more information. Academic Foundation courses are not delivered online.

Business Division

Associate Degrees

Accounting Technology 

The Accounting degree program provides students with an understanding of accounting skills and business fundamentals. Students enhance their classroom learning through cooperative education. Students are exposed to all facets of the accounting profession, including intermediate accounting, tax accounting, cost accounting, computerized accounting, and auditing. Upon graduation, students will have a variety of employment opportunities in the accounting field. For further advancement, many students elect to continue their education at a regional college or university

Administrative Assistant 

The Administrative Assistant program leads to an Associate of Applied Business degree. Students develop competencies in office procedures, software applications, communications, accounting skills, organizational skills, supervisory skills, office management, time management, and project management, as well as the “soft” skills employers demand.

Business Financial Services

The Financial Services associate’s degree prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities in the fast paced; dynamic financial services industry, which includes banking, investments, and insurance. The curriculum builds core skills in business management and technology along with emphasis on personal financial planning. Cooperative education employment provides valuable business skills and business experience.

*Hospitality Management

In the Hospitality Management program at Cincinnati State, students learn basic lodging and restaurant operation and event management skills and progress to hospitality management training through classroom instruction, laboratory experience, and cooperative education. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Business degree and are prepared for supervisory positions in a variety of hospitality venues. 

Legal Administrative Assistant

This Associate of Applied Business program prepares students to perform legal administrative duties for law firms, banks, corporations, and savings and loans. The Legal Assistant program develops competencies in word processing, legal terminology, legal office procedures, legal documentation, legal transcription, legal research, time management, and organizational skills. Graduates earn the Paralegal Certificate along with the associate’s degree.

Medical Administrative Assistant

The Medical Administrative Assistant program prepares students to perform administrative duties for medical offices and health care facilities. Students develop competencies in medical office procedures, organizational skills, time management, communications, medical terminology, application software, transcription, and medical coding and billing. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Business degree and can expect to work as administrative assistants or as office managers in a variety of medical office and health care management settings.

*ServSafe certification is required for this program. If you can provide your ServSafe Certificate of Certification for review and approval you will not be required to take HRM 105 Food Service Sanitation which is only offered on campus. Speak to the program advisor for more information.


Accounting Certificate

The Accounting Certificate program at Cincinnati State is for those who have earned a degree in a different discipline and need accounting courses in order to sit for the CPA exam or who may need accounting courses for job promotion. This program is best suited for students currently employed in the accounting field. The certificate does not include cooperative education.

Computer Applications

The Computer Applications Certificate assists professionals who are seeking career development opportunities while earning college credit, as well as students in any program or major who want to increase employment options by adding to their computer skills.The certificate program builds proficiencies in using Microsoft Office software within a workplace environment. Many of the certificate courses prepare students to take Microsoft Office Support and Expert Specialist certification tests for various Microsoft Office software applications.

Financial Planning

The Financial Planning Certificate prepares graduates to develop comprehensive financial plans for clients through knowledge and skills in a variety of personal financial planning areas, including taxes, investments, insurance, and retirement and estate planning. The certificate program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field who want to provide professional financial planning services.

Virtual Assistant**

The Virtual Assistant Certificate is designed for individuals seeking entrepreneurial, flexible employment by operating a home office that offers administrative and business support, over the internet, to companies or professionals. Students pursuing this certificate should be currently employed in a secretarial or office support role, with at least two years of verified experience in the field. In addition, students seeking the virtual Assistant Certificate should have fluency in keyboarding, computer skills, and communication as well as strong self motivation skills. This certificate program does not include cooperative education.

**IM 155 Emerging Technologies and Social Media can be taken online with the purchase of Dragon voice recognition software

Center for Innovative Technologies

Associate Degree

Computer Programming and Database Management

The Computer Programming and Database Management degree program prepares students to design, program, and administer e-business and e-commerce systems on the Internet, using state-of-the-art programming languages and database technologies. All of the CPDM courses are available online using a series of short Internet-based videos. This advanced online course delivery system provides students with flexibility in completing their degree requirements. Many students continue their studies for a bachelor’s degree via additional online education.

In collaboration with Health and Public Safety:

Healthcare Programming and Analysis Major

Health Information Technology involves the exchange of health information in an electronic environment. Widespread use of information technology within the health care industry will improve the quality of health care, prevent medical errors, reduce health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, and expand access to affordable health care. Students in the Healthcare Programming and Systems Analysis major gain the knowledge and skills required to fulfill an essential information technology role in healthcare, either as a developer who designs, implements, and maintains health-based software applications, or as an analyst supporting current healthcare-related applications. Graduates understand healthcare fundamentals and have IT professional skills in systems analysis, software development, database design, and core technical skills including .NET, Java, HL7, SQL, and SQL Server.


Advanced Surveying Certificate

The Advanced Surveying certificate program at Cincinnati State is for graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology—Surveying Option (CETS) or related associate degree programs, and serves as the third year of a bachelor’s degree program at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Most courses in the certificate program are offered through web-based distance education. Advanced surveying courses in geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and legal topics are offered through online instruction. This cooperative venture with NKU has been approved by the State Boards of Registration in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Health and Public Safety

Associate Degrees

Public Safety Technology

The Public Safety Technology program prepares students to respond to the nation’s need for highly trained security professionals who understand the global threat to our infrastructure. While earning an Associate of Applied Science degree, students learn to help secure borders, airports, waterways and seaports; prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters; and provide counterterrorism and law enforcement intelligence support. The program was developed in conjunction with local industry representatives to assure that local needs and requirements were addressed. Students who complete the program receive training and certification relevant to a public safety career and gain skills that may enhance upward mobility for career professionals.


Coding Specialist Certificate 

The Coding Specialist certificate prepares students for entry-level coding positions in outpatient clinics, physician group practices, billing companies, and insurance companies. Students learn to accurately determine code assignments using ICD-10-CM and CPT code sets. In many instances, financial reimbursement for healthcare services is tied to these numeric coding assignments.

Homeland Security Certificate 

The Homeland Security certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively deal with safety and security challenges in the United States. This program was developed in response to the needs of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Students gain understanding of fundamental elements of homeland security as well as specialized topics including detecting threats to security, and protecting critical infrastructure and transportation nodes.

Health and Fitness Special Populations

The Health and Fitness Special Populations certificate prepares students to work in the field of health and fitness with a wide range of special populations including clients with chronic diseases, youth, older adults, and clients concerned with women’s health.


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