May 26, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025 
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025

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 aids students in preparing for the certifications below:

  • COMPTIA Security+
  • COMPTIA A+ Core 1 & 2
  • COMPTIA Network+
  • COMPTIA Linux+
  • Microsoft Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core (AZ-800)
  • Microsoft Azure Fundamental (AZ-900)
  • Microsoft MD-102 Endpoint Admin


Future Ready Iowa


 Eligible for the Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship.


Career Opportunities

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

  • Data Center Technician
  • Hardware support for a small- to medium-size business
  • Help Desk Support
  • IT Support Technician
  • IT Sales and/or Training
  • PC Technician Repair
  • System/Network Administrator

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.