Purpose: This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of technology. The courses are offered in day and evening sessions. 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.
Articulation Agreement: Students who are interested in transferring to Old Dominion University to continue the Cybersecurity Pathway should meet with Academic Advising early to deterimine and discuss requirements.