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Cincinnati State offers more than 130 associate's degree and certificate programs through four academic divisions (Business, Center for Innovative Technologies, Health & Public Safety, and Humanities & Science) and the Workforce Development Center.

Many of our academic programs are geared to prepare students for immediate employment; others are specifically designed for students who wish to immediately transfer to a bachelor's degree program after earning an associate's degree at Cincinnati State.

To help potential students find a degree or certificate program that suits their needs and interests, we have organized our offerings by career interests. Online degrees and bachelor's bound (transfer) degrees are highlighted also.

Bachelor's Bound
The Bachelor's Bound programs prepare Cincinnati State graduates to transfer to another college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree. Associate's degree transfer programs are available for a wide range of majors at four-year colleges and universities. Earning an associate’s degree at Cincinnati State lets students take advantage of our affordable tuition rates and co-op programs. Because of academic agreements we have negotiated with regional colleges and universities, graduates of many programs are assured that most or all of the Cincinnati State credits will transfer and apply toward their baccalaureate degree.

Cincinnati State offers specialized training programs to meet the needs of a variety of businesses in fields such as accounting, financial services, marketing, management, and administration. We design each business associate's degree and certificate program in collaboration with an advisory board of professionals from Greater Cincinnati’s leading companies. All of our business degree programs include a co-op requirement to provide on-the-job experience and valuable networking opportunities.

Information technology is the one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Cincinnati State prepares students for many of the specialties in the field, from computer programming, to network administration and management, to new careers like computer network cyber-security. We also work with industry experts and local business to develop relevant programs that reflect the quickly changing needs of the industry.

Our nationally-ranked culinary and pastry arts programs give students the opportunity to pursue their passion for creative cooking and baking at the highest level. Whether the dream is opening a boutique cake shop or working at a five-star restaurant, our experienced instructors give students the training they need. Our graduates enjoy remarkable job placement success at venues across the country. These degree and certificate programs are offered through our nationally recognized Midwest Culinary Institute, which also provides programs in hospitality management, nutrition and dietetics, brewing science, and brewing sales and marketing.

Education & Service
At Cincinnati State, we're invested in preparing students for success in education and service fields. Students of early childhood education have a internship site on campus at the Mallory Early Childhood Learning Center. In the interpreter training program, students regularly interact with members of the Deaf community throughout the area, while preparing to serve as skilled sign language interpreters in a variety of settings. A new degree program in human and social services and certificates in addiction studies introduce students to career possibilities related to social services, criminal justice, and numerous other helping professions. The Leadership certificate helps students build skills in teamwork and problem-solving that are valued in every career field.

Engineering & Manufacturing
Greater Cincinnati has a long history as a manufacturing center. Technology has transformed this industry and other engineering-related fields, and today’s job applicants need specialized education. Cincinnati State’s engineering technology programs are leaders in offering high-quality technical education that leads to high-quality jobs after graduation. Students can choose from core disciplines such as chemical, civil, construction, electrical, and mechanical engineering technologies, as well as programs in alternative energy and environmental technologies. Cincinnati State also offers a manufacturing management major, as well as a land surveying certificate program (for students with bachelor’s degrees in a related field) that’s among the best of its kind in the country.

Cincinnati State is a regional leader in preparing students for careers in environmental fields such as alternative energy as well as sustainable agriculture and landscape horticulture. Partnerships with local agencies such as the Metropolitan Sewer District and Cincinnati Water Works help to make our programs in wastewater and stormwater management among the best in the area. In addition, our construction management program prepares students to earn LEED green building certification. Students in our environmental engineering technologies programs, and in our horticulture and landscape design programs, routinely compete successfully against peers from four-year colleges in regional events.

Health & Wellness
Cincinnati State is one of southwest Ohio’s leaders in accredited allied healthcare education. Whether you’re interested in direct patient care such as nursing or occupational therapy, or excited about a job involving healthcare technologies such as an EKG technician or laboratory assistant, we have the program for you. We offer seasoned instructors and up-to-date learning labs along with clinical rotations or other experiential learning activities for most allied health programs. All of this contributes to our students’ consistently high pass rate on national and state certification exams.

As the importance placed on physical fitness has grown, Cincinnati State’s programming has kept pace. Through the Exercise Science associate's degree and related certificates, we provide instructor certification courses for programs such as yoga, corrective exercise, and fitness for special populations. We also offer versatile personal trainer and group fitness instructor certification programs that prepare students to pass national certification exams, and open doors for employment at health clubs, corporate fitness centers, aerobic studios, or recreation programs.

Multimedia & Design
Our multimedia and design programs prepare students to work in exciting fields that combine creativity and technology. Our degree programs include graphic and web design as well as audio and video production. Students get hands-on learning opportunities in labs that include an HD video studio and industry-level audio recording studios. Every year students from our multimedia programs compete successfully in regional design and video competitions with peers from four-year institutions.

Online Degrees
Looking for flexibility and convenience as you pursue your education? Online Learning courses, degree programs, and certificate programs at Cincinnati State offer you a choice in how you complete your coursework. The Online Learning faculty and staff at Cincinnati State are highly skilled at distance learning, as well as in their fields of expertise—including computer technologies, engineering technologies, business, the humanities and sciences, and much more.

Public Safety
For students who want to serve their communities and work in a uniquely rewarding career field, Cincinnati State offers a full range of public safety programs. Our degree and certificate programs prepare students to enter the field as EMTs, paramedics, or firefighters. Our leadership programs help working professionals advance their careers. Our associate’s degree in Law Enforcement can help students who are certified police officers transfer into a bachelor’s degree program with credit for their police training.

Automobile manufacturing and repair are two important industries in southwest Ohio. While the need for good auto technicians hasn’t changed, the technical knowledge required to be one has. Cincinnati State’s automotive service programs combine up-to-date classroom training with hands-on lab work and on-the-job co-op assignments. Our degree and certificate programs give students the technical skills needed to earn professional certifications as well as important foundations in automotive service management. We also prepare students for careers in aircraft maintenance with FAA-approved degree and certificate programs in aviation mechanics. Aviation-related programs are housed at the Cincinnati West Airport on our Harrison campus.

Our degree and certificate programs in Supply Chain Management prepare students to oversee interconnected businesses by coordinating activities among suppliers, warehousing operations, shipping, and customers.
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