Health Services Technology

Associate of Applied Science


The health services technology associate degree program is designed to provide skills and experiences essential for those who desire a career in health services by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through knowledge-based learning, experiential processes, community involvement and practical experiences under direct supervision of professionals in each respective field.  

Why choose COTC?


Students in the health services technology program can choose from several areas of study.

Students can choose to major in medical coding, which requires full completion of the health services technology associate degree.

Or students can choose a certificate pathway as part of their health services technology associate degree:

Certificates in the health services technology associate degree program can be completed as stand-alone certificates for employment. The certificates are also stackable, meaning multiple certificates can be completed to earn an associate degree. Students who complete a certificate are well on their way to completing the health services technology associate degree. 


Healthcare Expo

Three students in nursing scrubs walk on the sidewalk at the Newark campus.

Wednesday, March 13 
10 a.m.–1 p.m.: High school session (contact Brandy Frias for information)
4-7 p.m.: Public session
John Gilbert Reese Center, COTC Newark Campus

public registration

Sponsored by: Central Ohio Technical College, Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) and the Career & Technology Education Center of Licking County (C-TEC)

Find your place in the healthcare industry at the Healthcare Expo. Whether you’re looking for a new career opportunity or to advance in your current field, the Healthcare Expo will help you get your start. 

  • View simulations of real-life medical scenarios and demonstrations of the latest medical equipment and technologies.
  • Explore COTC degrees and certificates that will lead you to a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.
  • Attend the LMHS career fair with on-the-spot job interviews. 

Come and see what the future of healthcare involves, and how you can be a part of it. Attendees will receive information about the following career fields: 

  • Healthcare: nursing, radiology, laboratory and respiratory therapy
  • Safety and security
  • Information technology: computer & network technician/specialist, IT specialist, network administrator, website developer and systems analyst

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students pursuing a healthcare certificate and/or associate degree should expect to take classes face-to-face to experience hands-on learning. Some general education classes may be offered online. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete a certificate or degree. 

The health services technology associate degree has multiple plans of study. 

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete a certificate?

Students who complete a healthcare certificate are encouraged to keep going because they are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Health Services Technology.  

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate degree?

Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has a transfer agreements with:

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college?

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.