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Information Technology - Network Specialist

Information Technology - Software Developer

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-152-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

If you enjoy working with computers and are interested in the design and development of computer applications, games, and web pages, the Information Technology Software Developer Program could be just what you're looking for. It will benefit those who wish to distinguish themselves across a wide range of technical disciplines within the field of software development.

You'll receive hands-on learning with individual and team projects that will include.

  • Explore operating systems and platforms, including UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Design and write computer programs using Java, C++, and Visual Basic.Net.
  • Analyze business processes and apply solutions with Agile software development and industry-standard reporting tools such as SSRS and Crystal.
  • Develop dynamic Web applications using state-of-the-art tools: XHTML/CSS, ASP.NET, Java, JSP, JavaScript, XML/AJAX, Flash, and PHP.
  • Manage data and databases using SQL, MS Access, SQL Server, and MySQL
  • Develop valuable workplace skills: time management, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and environmental awareness.

Additionally, after completing the appropriate courses, students may qualify to take the following professional certification exams :

  • MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)
  • OCPJP (Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer)
  • MTA DB (Microsoft Technology Associate Data Base)
  • CIW JavaScript Specialist
  • MCSD (Microsoft Certified Software Developer)

Interest in web based applications is at an all-time high, and new computer applications are always in development. The Information Technology - Software Developer Program could be what you need to turn your interest in computers into a lifelong career. Graduates of this program also have the opportunity to transfer their credits to selected four-year institutions.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 68
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
COMPASS Algebra: 35 (only used for course placement)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.