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Technical Diploma and Certificates in Information Technology

The Information Technology Technical Diploma program is divided into a basic core area and a specialty networking area. The basic core courses of study will prepare individuals to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain computer systems and basic local area network problems. Students will also learn to operate a computer using current operating system software and use current application software for manipulating spreadsheets, databases, and word processing documents. This program is not intended for degree transfer; however, certain certification courses may be accepted by other institutions that participate in the Microsoft IT Academy.

The specialty networking area will prepare students to design, implement, and manage linked systems of computers, peripherals, and associated software to maximize efficiency and productivity. The program includes instruction in operating systems and applications; systems design and analysis; networking theory and solutions; types of networks; network management and control; network and flow optimization; security; configuring; and troubleshooting. Electives will be provided to prepare students to successfully implement, manage, and troubleshoot the ongoing needs of Microsoft Windows® based operating environments.

The curriculum provides both knowledge acquisition and skills development for those who are currently working in the information technology field and would like to obtain industry-based certifications or for those who would like to prepare for employment in this field. The program is designed to prepare students to successfully pass national, industry-based exams such as CompTIA‘s A+, Network+, Server+, IC3, Microsoft MCSE, and Microsoft MCSA.

To receive this degree, the student must:


The following Information Technology Certificates provide essential information in the specified technical area and can be used to prepare for national certification(s) relevant to that area. Information Technology Certificates can be obtained by students enrolled in the Information Technology diploma program as well as by non-major students: those enrolled in other degree programs or simply seeking the certificate alone.

The listing of courses required for a certificate may include core courses from the Information
Technology diploma program. Students enrolled in the diploma program must only take any additional certificate courses listed for that particular certificate. These additional courses can be used as approved program electives toward the diploma.

All non-major students must take both the listed core courses and any additional certificate courses needed to obtain the desired certificate. Non-major students must fulfill any prerequisite requirements for the courses listed.

Technical Competency Areas:

Certificates of Technical Study:

For more information contact the Division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at (225) 216-8226.