Program Description The Information Processing Specialist program provides students with highly marketable skills and the knowledge to meet ever-changing technology in business and industry. Students receive an extensive education in Microsoft Office software, Adobe Creative Suite software, technology troubleshooting, and communication skills. The program includes an internship at a local business and leadership and personal development training through Phi Beta Lambda, a professional organization for college students interested in business careers.
Curriculum involves concentrated training on various computer applications including keyboarding, word processing, database, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, electronic presentations, Internet research, electronic publishing (creation of Web pages), and operating systems. Both the two-year and one-year programs can be completed online. The one-year program is designed for students who want to upgrade their computer application skills.
Preparation Students should enjoy working with software applications, such as word processing, be detailed-oriented, and interested in working in a back office setting. High school students should have successfully completed English and any available computer and business classes. Keyboarding skills are recommended. Dual credit options between Bismarck State College and a student's high school may be available.
Program Requirements Those who complete the required curriculum for the two-year program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Completion of the one-year program (30 credits) leads to a Program Certificate.
Students should have basic keyboarding skills or enroll in BOTE 102 - Keyboarding I. Access to Adobe Creative Suite software for courses CIS 210 and CIS 230 is required. Selected BSC computer labs have all required software installed for this curriculum.
Career Opportunities Information technology jobs are among the fastest growing in North Dakota. Advancements have profoundly influenced the kinds of jobs available and the way work is organized and performed. Placement includes working as an information-processing specialist in government agencies, educational institutions, law offices, sales offices, service agencies, insurance companies, or bank and investment firms.
Additional Information Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams are part of the Information Processing Specialist program and offer students the opportunity to earn industry certifications.