Uncover a Career in Forensic Science at COTC

The Forensic Technology Program is being discontinued and no new applicants are being accepted.


Central Ohio Technical College’s Institute for Public Safety offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science  Degree in Forensic Science Technology. Forensic Science is not a career path for those that are faint of heart but the reward is the satisfaction received from helping people. The program is designed to teach the student how to answer questions scientifically, collect and understand the evidence, and prepare for reporting evidence in a court of law.

The graduate may choose to pursue a career as a:

  • Forensic Technician 
  • Forensic Technical Assistant
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Scene Examiner

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of forensic science technicians is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020. There are also more career possibilities if the student chooses to continue their education. Central Ohio Technical College has transfer agreements for those graduating from the Forensic Program with many institutions.

Why choose COTC?

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  • The COTC Human Services program is one of four programs in the state of Ohio nationally accredited.


  • Students have options to attend full-time, part-time, or they can complete an accelerated program.
  • Hands-on skills courses have evening options at the Newark campus.
  • The Human Services program can be completed on any of the four COTC campuses.

License/Credentialing Eligibility

  • Graduates who have successfully completed the program are eligible to apply for registration as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
  • Graduates who have successfully completed the program have fulfilled a portion of the requirements necessary for licensure as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and components of the Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II) and prevention Specialist Certification through the State of Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.