Computer Information Science - Certificate of Achievement

The Computer Information Science Program trains students to develop computer applications for various industries using current programming languages, databases and other standard tools. Computer information science is a broad field with diverse career opportunities, and OTC’s program gives students the expertise and versatility required to find work after graduation. Each student chooses a concentration that best matches his or her interests.

The certificate program is designed for students who are already working or want to enter the workforce as soon as possible. The program requirements allow students to graduate faster than those pursuing the A.A.S. degree. The required courses complement these focused studies by exposing students to foundational topics including Technology & Digital Literacy, Web Site Development I & II, Software Engineering Project and more. The C.I.S. program follows an academic framework outlined by the National Business Education Association and industry leaders including the Microsoft Corporation.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Create computer applications
Develop web content
Assist people with IT problems
Maintain a web system
Gain valuable skills quickly
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 30*
Average Length: 2.4 Years
Average Salary: $51,980*
Graduation Retention Rate: 63%*

Possible Careers

Computer programmer
Software developer
Web developer
Network support specialist
Computer systems analyst
Operations manager

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Tiffany Ford
Computer Information Science Department Chair


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