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2016-2017 College Catalog 
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Systems Technology (299), Associate of Applied Science Degree

Purpose: This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of technology. The courses are offered in day and evening sessions. Some courses are offered on weekends and most IT courses are available through distance learning.

Educational or Occupational Objectives: Computer Specialist, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Technician, Help Desk Analyst, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Network Support Specialist, Network Technician, Support Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, GIS  Technician.

Admission Requirements: VPT placement test scores in writing, reading, and mathematics are used for initial placement in English, mathematics, and required program courses. Additionally, students should be proficient in basic keyboarding before entering this program.

Certifications: The College does not require certifications as part of the degree program; however, students may be prepared for various certifications after successful completion of specific courses. Contact the program head for additional information.

Job Placement: Assistance in job placement is provided through the College’s Career Center upon completion of the degree program.

Transfer: Applied degrees (AAS/AAA) are designed to prepare students for entry into the workforce. Under formal articulation agreements with some four-year colleges and universities, students enrolled in a career/ technical program who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies may be able to transfer selected courses into related programs at senior institutions. Students interested in pursuing transfer options should consult with a Thomas Nelson advisor early in their academic career and consult the transfer guide for their intended transfer institution and major.

♦ Course requires pre/co-requisites.

Possible Career Opportunities

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Semester Total Credits 15

Spring I

Semester Total Credits 18

Semester Total Credits 18

Spring II

Semester Total Credits 15

Total Minimum Credits 66

1Select from ENG 112  (ENG 111 ), CST 126 , or CST 227 .
2Select courses based on the specific Career Studies Certificates, listed for Information Systems Technology (IST) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) that meet the career objective of the student.
3Recommended courses to meet general education requirements are listed under General Program Information .

*NOTE: IT courses used to satisfy degree requirements must be taken within five years of the student’s expected graduation date.
NOTE: For courses listed in footnotes, prerequisites are included in parentheses.