PC Technician Certificate

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to install, maintain and troubleshoot computers, networks and network equipment. The program takes a hands-on approach using real-world examples.

The PC Technician certificate will prepare the student for an entry-level job in computer maintenance and network support. Students will also learn the objectives for several national certifications including A+, Network+ and Microsoft. Students may also further their education by enrolling in Computer Technology, Network concentration.

Required Courses

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
CPT 114 Computers and Programming 3.0
CPT 209 Computer Systems Management 3.0
CPT 257 Operating Systems 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 267 Technical Support Concepts 3.0
IST 272 Relational Database 3.0
IST 220 Data Communications 3.0
  CPT or IST Elective 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
CPT 247 UNIX Operating Systems 3.0
CPT 282 Information Systems Security 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 30.0

Updated 4/23/2014

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to install, maintain and troubleshoot computers, networks and network equipment. The program takes a hands-on approach using real-world examples. The PC Technician certificate will prepare the student for an entry-level job in computer maintenance and network support. Students will also learn the objectives for several national certifications including A+, Network+ and Microsoft.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1.  Demonstrate the ability to use logical design techniques in creating programs and systems

2. Recognize and describe the personal computer hardware components

3. Install, configure and upgrade personal computer operating systems

4. Apply basic computer literacy concepts

5. Plan, design and construct a working computer network including appropriate Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) connections and protocols

6. Demonstrate the ability to organize data using current computer technology

Gainful Employment Information

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Advisement Information

Program notes
 

  • Students may start this program in any term, and this program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  Some courses are offered online.
     
  • Note that all courses are not offered every semester, and sequencing of courses is very important, so it is best to follow the established outline of courses as closely as possible.
     
  • The courses in this certificate fulfill 30 of the 72 hours required for the Computer Technology-Network concentration (CTN3).
     
  • College policy states that computer coursework is valid for eight years.

Notes about individual classes

  • If students need developmental or transitional classes, they should be taken first.
     
  • Information about CPT 101: CPT 101 will use Office 2013. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.

Contacts

  • Contact Department Head of Information Technology, Lesley Price, for information about this program.
     
  • You may also contact Bill Cheek for information about this program.

Advisement Information updated 10/2015.