Bachelor's Bound

Whether you want to earn an associate degree from Northwest State or start taking classes here and transfer to another institution, starting your path towards a bachelor’s degree at NSCC is a smart idea.

In addition to a variety of programs, NSCC has a Bachelors Bound pathway that provides several different transfer options. Such options include Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs), Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs, a Transfer Module curriculum, as well as articulation agreements with several different colleges and universities.

Bachelor's Bound Options

Seamless transfer pathways that promote timely degree completion at NSCC and transfer into Ohio public four-year colleges and universities.


1. Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways

Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs) enable learners to streamline credit transfer among public institutions of higher education within the state. These pathways are designed to assist learners in finding the best pathways to degree completion and successful careers.

OGTPs are agreements between Ohio public community colleges and four-year institutions and confirm NSCC courses meet major preparation requirements and credits will apply toward a bachelor’s degree. Thus enabling a learner to complete an Associate’s degree at NSCC and transfer to an instate four-year institution as a junior status.

The Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways enable students to streamline credit transfer among the state’s public institutions of higher education to find the best pathways to degree completion and launch successful careers.


2. Associate of Arts & Science Degrees

Northwest State’s Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are flexible 2 year degrees designed for learners to earn a degree at NSCC, and are often earned by learners with the intention to transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting college or university for completion of a four-year degree. Learners are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to plan a course of study that will meet their degree completion and transfer plans.


3. Ohio Transfer Module

Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) represents the general education courses that represent the common core academic skills across Ohio's public colleges and universities.

The Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) represents a group of courses from among the general education requirements of the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) and bachelor's degrees at many four-year universities and colleges within Ohio. Applied degree learners may complete some individual OTM courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire OTM.

Transferring learners who have earned an Associate of Arts or Science degree that contains an identifiable OTM will have met the OTM requirements of the receiving institution. However, learners may be required to meet additional general education requirements at the four-year state institution to which they transfer.

The application of transfer work to general education requirements, which go beyond those contained in the OTM, will be determined on a course-by-course basis. Individual courses that are part of an approved OTM are guaranteed to transfer among public institutions of higher education on a course-by-course basis.

Learners will receive credit for successfully completed courses from the OTM without completing the entire module.

Please note: Learners should meet with a representative from the 4-year institution they intend to transfer to in order to ensure appropriate course selection for the intended degree at the receiving institution and its major and program requirements.


At Northwest State, we have made it our mission to provide educational access and opportunities for our students. Using the state pathways or our academic agreements, you can transfer your credits and start as a junior in a bachelor’s program. To start planning today contact your academic advisor in the NSCC Advising Center at or 419.267.1390.