Computer Information Systems - Certificate (1312)
Do you enjoy working with computer software, hardware and networks?
Earning our Computer Information Systems Certificate can be your path to an exciting career in this growing field or it can help update your skills so you remain competitive in the workforce.
You have the opportunity to select from three concentrations to match your interests: support specialist, database analyst and business intelligence application developer.
After completing your certificate, you can work in a variety of settings, including: businesses, government agencies, computer consulting firms and healthcare or educational institutions. You may work as a:
- Computer operator, help-desk analyst or technical support specialist
- Database analyst, database administrator or data modeler
You’re most likely to enjoy this program if you:
- Have strong math and computer skills
- Think logically
- Are a team player with solid communication skills
- Consider yourself organized and a self-starter
- Solve problems creatively
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With our Computer Information Systems certificate, you’ll gain essential skills and a solid foundation in computer software, hardware and network communication that is needed for the computer technology job market. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position within this field.
Though, if you’re currently in the workforce, this certificate can add to your knowledge base and refresh your skillset.
With this program, you select to focus in one of two specializations:
- Database analyst, which emphasizes database management and administration
- Support specialist, which concentrates on technical support with software, hardware and security
Once you choose your specialization, you will focus on learning specific skills.
- Manage database management systems
- Develop a database system through an entire life-cycle
- Manage and troubleshoot computer software, hardware and networks
- Operate a help-desk support system
To complete this program, we require you to complete a capstone experience that involves the creation of your individual portfolio.
Federal regulations require the college to disclose specific gainful employment information about this program. This link will provide you with information on completion rates and placement, program costs and median loan debt.
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- View the Advising Checksheet for CIS Support Specialist (pdf)
- View the Advising Checksheet for CIS Database Analyst (pdf)
Our certificate program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to earn an associate degree in our Computer Information Systems AAS program at HACC!
When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.
You can complete the Support Specialist concentration at our Harrisburg Campus. You may also take this concentration at the Lancaster, Lebanon and York Campuses by taking some courses through virtual learning. The Database Analyst concentration may only be completed through virtual learning.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.
You can enroll in our classes for the spring, summer and fall by visiting our website and submitting your application. When you submit your application, please include program code 1312 with your application. This code makes sure you’re applying to the correct program.