Jun 18, 2024  

Information Technology AAS

For related IT programs, see Related Programs Listing .

G3 Eligible Program: The G3 Program is a tuition assistance program for any Virginia resident who qualifies for in-state tuition and whose family income falls below an identified threshold. For more information, visit www.nr.edu/g3.  

Purpose: The information technology degree prepares a student to earn an entry-level position in the computer industry or continue to a university and earn a four-year degree.

The need for computer professionals in the United States is growing as companies become more global. Almost every major challenge facing our world involves turning to computers for a solution. Today’s computer job market has a considerable demand with high salaries for qualified professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth rate ranges from 38% to 56% across the computer industry. In fact, according to one report software engineering is the number one best job for salary and opportunities.

Occupational Objectives:

  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Junior Software Engineer
  • Technical Support Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Cyber Security Technician

Admission Requirements: Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing AAS degree requirements should inform their faculty advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses that meet transfer requirements.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in computer information systems, math, business, communication skills, social studies, and physical education. The required computer information systems courses provide a general foundation of computer concepts, as well as specific training in computer programming, IT support, networking, and cyber security. Students are trained in a variety of software, programming languages, and operating systems including Python, Java, JavaScript, React, and Windows.

Students who plan to transfer after completing the degree should consult their IT Faculty Advisor at the beginning of studies to determine appropriate transfer course requirements.

For more information on this and other IT programs, visit the department’s website.