Jan 31, 2023  
NIACC Catalog 2022-2023 
NIACC Catalog 2022-2023

Information Technology Specialist, A.A.S.

The Information Technology Specialist Degree program prepares the student to understand networking components, personal computer repair, troubleshooting, and management of workstations and server systems. The professional demonstrates the skills required to develop, establish, set up, maintain, and repair any issue that may arise while users are conducting work-related concepts, including basic protection theory on viruses, malware, and spyware that may enter a computer system during daily usage.

This program provides the student with an opportunity to pursue the certifications listed below:

  • CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • COMPTIA Security+
  • COMPTIA A+ Hardware Certification
  • COMPTIA Network+
  • Microsoft Certified Professional for Windows 10
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • Microsoft Information Technology Professional (Windows Server)
  • Linux+


Future Ready Iowa


 Eligible for the Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship.


Career Opportunities

Students have the option of obtaining employment using their computer skills or transferring to a four-year institution and receiving a baccalaureate degree. Some job opportunities are listed below:

  • Hardware Support for a small- to medium-size business
  • Help Desk Support
  • Technical Writers
  • IT Sales and/or Training
  • PC Technician Repair

All students are highly encouraged to participate in an internship before graduating.

Upon successful completion of the Information Technology Specialist curriculum (at least 60 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Required Courses/Suggested Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Fourth Term (Fall Semester)

Total: 17 s.h.

Fifth Term (Spring Semester)

Total: 14 s.h.

Total Program Hours: 66 s.h.