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  Feb 21, 2018
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Technology, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Program Office: 615-353-3475,

The goal of the Computer Technology (CPT) program is to prepare individuals to function as entry-level computer technicians. Students become proficient in operating systems, installation and maintenance of a variety of computers, and various hardware and networking components. This degree’s objectives parallel and exceed numerous industry-level certifications including A+ certification and security certifications.

The program emphasizes hardware, software, peripheral devices, telecommunications, operating systems, troubleshooting. Individual and team-based projects enhance the learning experience and give students vital hands-on job skills.

Computer Technology program graduates should be able to:

  • Install and configure workstation systems and application software.
  • Troubleshoot, analyze and repair hardware and software issues.
  • Select & install appropriate hardware and software.
  • Perform routine upgrade, repair and preventive maintenance on computer system hardware and software.
  • Use various operating environments including Windows command line and GUI, and UNIX/Linux.
  • Establish and maintain a user support/helpdesk environment.
  • Communicate technical and non-technical information clearly in both written and oral format.
  • Use security tools and applications to secure organizations data and infrastructure.
  • Integrate concepts taught in general education courses and reinforced in the Computer Technology curriculum.
  • Function competently in entry-level computer technician positions using critical thinking skills to solve systems challenges.

Career Opportunities

  • Service technician - configures hardware, software and installs, upgrades and maintains computers and related peripheral equipment
  • User support/helpdesk - manages customer problems and requests and provides solutions-oriented support services by telephone, e-mail and/or in person
  • Technical sales - analyzes client needs and provides support in choosing the correct information systems solutions for business or personal use


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Course Requirements

Speech (choose one)


  • Humanities Elective 3 Credits


Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences Elective 3 Credits

Technical Elective

  • Technical Elective 7 Credits

Total Required – Associate’s Degree: 60 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Day Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester

Speech (choose one)

Spring Semester


Second-year students are encouraged to apply for related work assignments through the Career Employment Center. Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Employment Center will provide the correct course numbers.

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