The Certificate of Completion Computer Information Systems is a student-designed one-year certificate that includes the first year of the Computer Information Systems and Information Technology core courses. This certificate is intended for students focused on becoming career ready in one year. The core courses give the student a well-rounded basic understanding of technical support of computer information systems in a networked environment. Students completing this certification will be prepared to seek entry-level employment in occupations such as network support specialist or technical support specialist.

Click here to learn how this Career Pathway Certificate can lead to AAS Computer Information Systems degree.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.

Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Computer Information Systems can be found online.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion Computer Information Systems degree is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH60Algebra I (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CIS140M Intro to Oper System: Microsoft 4
CIS151 Network Essentials 4
CS160 Computer Science Orientation 4
MTH86 Computer Technology Mathematics 1 4
 Credits16
Winter
CIS140U Intro to Operating Systems: Unix 4
CIS145 Hardware Installation Support 4
CIS152 Network Router Configuration 4
CS195 Web Development I 3
 Credits15
Spring
BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams 2 3
CIS188 Wireless Networking 3
CIS225 End User Support 4
CS233WS Computer Language II: Server-Side Web Scripting 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 3 3
 Credits17
 Total Credits48

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of computer information systems.
  • Apply technical skills to implement and maintain computer and network systems solutions and troubleshoot computer and network problems on an entry-level.