Information Technology Professional Diploma (ITP4)

The IT Professional diploma will emphasize specialized training in home and corporate networking, computer maintenance, operating system installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting, information security, computer programming; and web site design. The program graduate receives a diploma and is employable as an information technology specialist, help desk support specialist, network installation specialist, PC repair technician, or network administrator.

Employment Opportunities

IT Professionals provide technical assistance, support, and advice to individuals and organizations that depend on information technology. They work within organizations that use computer systems, for computer hardware or software vendors, or for third-party organizations that provide support services on a contract basis, such as help-desk service firms. They set up, test, and evaluate systems such as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, and other data communications systems.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 55 60 34 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 224 236 229 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Information Technology Diploma Curriculum

The curriculum for the Information Technology diploma program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, degree-seeking students must earn a minimum of 58 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 770 contact hours and generally takes 4 semesters to complete.

Program Courses

General Education Core (8 Credits)

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations & Professional Development


Occupational Courses (50 Credits)

CIST 1001Computer Concepts


COLL 1010College & Career Success Skills


CIST Operating Systems Elective


CIST 1305Program Design and Development


CIST 1122Hardware Installation & Maintenance


CIST 1601Information Security Fundamentals


CIST 2411Microsoft Client


CIST Server Elective


CIST Programming Elective


CIST 2451Intro to Networks - CISCO


CIST 2452CISCO Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials


CIST Electives


Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $5,800

Fees ($385 per semester): $1,540

Books/Supplies: $1,400

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)