Central Ohio Technical College is fully accredited at the institutional level by the Higher Learning Commission.
Address: 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Phone: 312.263.0456; Fax: 312.263.7462.
The process is cyclical with the last reaffirmation of accreditation occurring in 2018-2019. An assurance review was successfully completed in 2023 with no significant comments. The next reaffirmation is in 2028.
Programmatic accreditation focuses on specific academic programs. The following list of COTC programs are accredited through this mechanism.
Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP)
Business Management Technology
In good standing; next reaffirmation visit 2026.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
In good standing; accredited through 2026. Self-study due 2025.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Initial accreditation achieved and notification received in a letter of July 14, 2010. Effective June 2017 through July 2024.
Early Childhood Education Technology, Early Childhood Development & Teaching options
Self-study due September 2023, reaccreditation in November 2024.
State Department of Public Safety
Emergency Medical Services Technology
In good standing; accredited until May 2025.
Technology Accreditation Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC-ABET)
Electrical Engineering Technology
Accredited until Sept. 30, 2028. Site visit request submitted to ABET by Jan. 31, 2027. Self-study due by July 1, 2027.
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
Fire Science Technology
In good standing. Accredited to April 2027.
Council for Standards in Human Services Education
The Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) has been approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to serve as an accrediting body
Human Services Technology/Social Work Assistant
Self-study submitted March 2021 re-approved through February 2026. Self-study due November 2025. Site visit February 2026.
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, Ohio Attorney General’s Office
(accredited by each academy offering)
Law Enforcement Technology
Peace Officer Basic Training
In good standing. (Each academy is accredited on as needed basis.)
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
COTC programs qualify for Veterans Administration benefits.
What is State Authorization?
State authorization refers to federal, state and professional licensing board regulations that impact online postsecondary educational programs offered across state lines that lead to professional licensure or certification. Compliance with these regulations ensures that your degree from Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will be recognized, COTC students will be eligible to sit for licensure in states other than Ohio, and COTC students have access to state licensure information.
The state of Ohio is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), an agreement that establishes common standards for states offering online/distance learning education courses and programs to students in other states while maintaining compliance with state regulations. As a member participating in SARA, COTC can offer educational opportunities in all 49 SARA member states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico without seeking individual approval in each state. COTC was approved as a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in 2015.
Out-of-state students who are seeking a professional license program through online courses at Central Ohio Technical College should first contact their home state licensing agency. NC-SARA does not provide reciprocity for these programs, and Ohio licensing requirements may not meet the criteria of other state.