Computer Information Technology, B.A.

Program Overview

You’re fascinated by the way multiple parts work together to make entire systems operate.

You understand the need for technologies to integrate, and the need for collaboration among the people operating them. It’s your desire to connect others to their work, combined with your desire to make information systems operate effectively, that pushes you toward a greater calling.

Completing your Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology from PLNU will give you the practical skills needed to provide businesses and individuals with IT solutions — making a more connected world possible.

PLNU offers a convenient format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments.

Connect to something bigger.

"The B.A. in Computer Information Technology blends traditional classroom instruction with practical technical training activities. The program focuses on the core IT subjects of hardware, networking, security, database technologies, web technologies, and programming, with an emphasis on preparing students for some of the most popular professional IT certifications in the industry."

Michael Leih, Ph.D.
Professor

Be the Bridge Between Technology and People

Gain hands-on understanding of systems — technical and personal. Be equipped to use information technology to solve business problems. Enable communication between computer systems and lead collaboration among the people operating them.

Be Prepared for the Future

Through courses on hardware, networking, security, programming, database design, and more, you will be prepared for the professional world. Build your resume by taking at least three IT certification tests before you graduate.

Build Relationships with Expert Faculty

Learn from seasoned professors who want to see you succeed — academically, professionally, and personally. Their knowledge and support will ensure you make the connections needed to align your work with your calling.

In addition, PLNU’s computer information technology degree will ensure your professional readiness by preparing you for the following certifications:

CompTIA IT Fundamentals
This test certifies basic IT knowledge and serves as a stepping stone to more advanced certifications, such as Security+ or Network+.

CompTIA A+
This certification validates knowledge of the hardware and software most commonly used in business and certifies the skills needed to support complex IT infrastructures.

CompTIA Project +
This test certifies the knowledge and skills involved in professional project management. It validates the ability to initiate, manage, and support project and business initiatives.

CompTIA Network +
This certification validates the knowledge and skills needed to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot wired and wireless devices.

CompTIA Security +
This certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management — knowledge and skills needed to enter an IT security career.

 

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Application Information

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer 2018 - April 29, 2018
  • Fall 2018 - August 12, 2018
  • Spring 2019 - December 23, 2018

The Selection Process

We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing it thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admission. Rather, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into the program. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be admitted into PLNU's degree completion program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended.*

You must also have attained the minimum age of 23, OR minimum age of 21 with an associate’s degree or significant work experience.

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Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admissions.

  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
     
  3. Submit a 500- to 600-word essay with your online application in APA format including the following:

    • Why you wish to join the BA in Computer Information Technology program

    • Your relevant academic and professional experience
    • Your future career or life goals
  4. Complete an interview with your enrollment counselor.

NOTE: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).

*Prospective students who meet the other criteria but do not have the required semester hours for entrance or are lacking in the core requirements will be advised how to correct any deficiency. An enrollment counselor will assist these students with the development of a written pre-admission educational plan, which may include bridge courses taken at PLNU. Only courses from an accredited institution where at least a grade of a “C” has been earned will be accepted by transfer. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can be considered for admission under exception. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

**General Education deficiencies may be completed after admission, but at least 20 hours must be completed prior to starting the program cohort. Three hours of appropriate prior learning credit (see below) may be used to meet one of the General Education areas — with the exception of English composition and math.

***The PLNU General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) will be addressed and measured within the PLNU degree program to ensure the outcomes we value are demonstrated.

Program Prerequisites

Incoming students must have completed a computer concepts course or an introduction to computer technology course or have significant work experience in the field of computer technology to be admitted to the program. If you do not have any experience with IT or have not taken a basic IT class, the course CIT 153 IT Fundamentals must be taken in advance of your first CIT class. CIT 153 is offered each semester before the start of the next cohort, so a next semester start is still possible. Please contact an advisor for more information.

Each student in the computer information technology program is:

  • Responsible for supplying their own laptop meeting the minimum hardware and software requirements (see below)

  • Expected to have their laptop available at each class session unless instructed otherwise by the course instructor

  • Expected to set up and maintain their laptop to be connected to the campus wireless network

The following are the minimum hardware/software requirements:

  • Hardware:

    Laptop computer with the following hardware levels:
    • Wireless network adapter

    • Hard drive: 100 GB or more of free disk space

    • Memory: 8GB or more of RAM

    • LCD: 13-inch or greater

    • Processor: intel or AMD 4 core processor 2.0 GHz or greater with Virtualization Technology support

  • Operating System:
    • Windows 7, Windows 10, Mac 10.8 (or later)
    • *Mac computers will need to also support Windows OS through VM software or Dual Boot configuration
  • Software:
    • MS Office (2013 or later)
    • Current virus scanning software
    • Current OS security patches and fixes

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

PLNU’s B.A. in Computer Information Technology will prepare you for careers that use information systems in business, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector, as well as graduate-level study in fields related to information systems.

These careers include:

  • Junior Technology Security Specialist
  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Junior Business Analyst
  • Junior Software Application Developer
  • IT Support Engineer
  • Hardware and System Repair Engineer
  • IT Solutions Specialist