Understanding social work pathways

  • Associate of Applied Science in Social Work Assistant

    • The most rewarding aspect of a career in this helping profession is the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping others and making a difference. This program prepares qualified individuals for entry-level positions in a wide variety of social work assistant and human services settings serving individuals, families, groups and communities by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through knowledge-based learning, experiential processes, community involvement and practical experience under direct supervision of professionals in local agencies.
  • Associate of Arts with a concentration in Social Work

    • Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work and have an interest in case management, social work and counseling can complete an Associate of Arts in Social Work.

  • Addiction Studies Certificate

    • The number of citizens affected by substance use disorder is in the millions, and Ohio is severely affected. The addiction studies certificate program prepares individuals to work in an entry-level position in many community health programs. Coursework includes training in how to assist individuals and families with a variety of issues arising from addiction problems. 

      Students in the human services associate degree program are automatically awarded an addiction studies certificate upon completion of the Chemical Dependency II elective course. This certificate option is available to any COTC student from other disciplines that interact with substance abuse clients or related addiction issues. 

  • Behavioral and Mental Health Certificate

    • Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment. They are employed in hospitals, community mental health centers, psychiatric clinics, social service agencies and geriatric nursing homes.
  • Case Management for the Healthcare and Gerontology Professional Certificate

    • The case management for the healthcare and gerontology professional certificate is for students interested in healthcare, human services (with emphasis in gerontology or working with people who are aging) or a combination of both. 

      Often nurses (licensed practical nurses and registered nurses) will add to their education and pursue this certificate to assist them with case management in patient care settings.