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Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology

Associate of Applied Science
New River Community College

The information technology degree prepares a student to earn an entry-level position in the computer industry or continue to a university and earn a four-year degree. The need for computer professionals in the United States is growing as companies become more global. Almost every major challenge facing our world involves turning to computers for a solution. The computer job market has a considerable demand with high salaries for qualified professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth rate ranges from 38% to 56% across the computer industry. In fact, according to one report software engineering is the number one best job for salary and opportunities.


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Program Overview & Guidance
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? The curriculum includes courses in computer information systems, math, business, communication skills, social studies, and physical education. The required computer information systems courses provide a general foundation of computer concepts, as well as specific training in computer programming, IT support, networking, and cyber security. Students are trained in a variety of software, programming languages, and operating systems includin Python, Java, JavaScript, React, and Windows.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and New River Community College within your first year via College Connect
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion In determining transfer credit, course work applicable to the program at NRCC will be accepted if the courses were taken at another college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency. Other course work taken at instutions which are appoved by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia may be considered on an individual basis. At least 25% of the credits for a program must be earned at NRCC.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning https://catalog.nr.edu/content.php?catoid=30&navoid=2006#credit-for-prior-learning
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  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: New River Community College
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? New River Community College (NRCC) is a comprehensive community college located in the New River Valley of Virginia which includes Giles, Floyd, Montgomery, and Pulaski counties and the city of Radford. NRCC is part of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), a statewide system of community colleges. At NRCC students can prepare for the future with any of the various occupational programs or college transfer courses. With NRCC's wide selection of courses, you can explore your interests, prepare for a career, or increase your job skills. At the same time, at New River you'll find small classes and instructors who care about their students, along with a variety of services to help students, from counseling to career planning. NRCC faculty members are well known not just for their academic background, but also for their capacity to work closely and effectively with students.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.nr.edu/transfer/vccstransferagreements.php
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Careers Where This Degree Applies
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15-1241.00Computer Network ArchitectsDesign and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures. May also design network and computer security measures. May research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
25-1021.00Computer Science Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
15-1211.00Computer Systems AnalystsAnalyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
11-3021.00Computer and Information Systems ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.Management Occupations
15-1211.01Health Informatics SpecialistsApply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1241.01Telecommunications Engineering SpecialistsDesign or configure wired, wireless, and satellite communications systems for voice, video, and data services. Supervise installation, service, and maintenance.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1231.00Computer Network Support SpecialistsAnalyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), cloud networks, servers, and other data communications networks. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1212.00Information Security AnalystsPlan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.07Blockchain EngineersMaintain and support distributed and decentralized blockchain-based networks or block-chain applications such as cryptocurrency exchange, payment processing, document sharing, and digital voting. Design and deploy secure block-chain design patterns and solutions over geographically distributed networks using advanced technologies. May assist with infrastructure setup and testing for application transparency and security.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.00Computer Occupations, All OtherAll computer occupations not listed separately.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.08Computer Systems Engineers/ArchitectsDesign and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1221.00Computer and Information Research ScientistsConduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1243.01Data Warehousing SpecialistsDesign, model, or implement corporate data warehousing activities. Program and configure warehouses of database information and provide support to warehouse users.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1242.00Database AdministratorsAdminister, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1243.00Database ArchitectsDesign strategies for enterprise databases, data warehouse systems, and multidimensional networks. Set standards for database operations, programming, query processes, and security. Model, design, and construct large relational databases or data warehouses. Create and optimize data models for warehouse infrastructure and workflow. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.06Digital Forensics AnalystsConduct investigations on computer-based crimes establishing documentary or physical evidence, such as digital media and logs associated with cyber intrusion incidents. Analyze digital evidence and investigate computer security incidents to derive information in support of system and network vulnerability mitigation. Preserve and present computer-related evidence in support of criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, or law enforcement investigations.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.03Document Management SpecialistsImplement and administer enterprise-wide document management systems and related procedures that allow organizations to capture, store, retrieve, share, and destroy electronic records and documents.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.02Geographic Information Systems Technologists and TechniciansAssist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.05Information Security EngineersDevelop and oversee the implementation of information security procedures and policies. Build, maintain and upgrade security technology, such as firewalls, for the safe use of computer networks and the transmission and retrieval of information. Design and implement appropriate security controls to identify vulnerabilities and protect digital files and electronic infrastructures. Monitor and respond to computer security breaches, viruses, and intrusions, and perform forensic investigation. May oversee the assessment of information security systems.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.09Information Technology Project ManagersPlan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1244.00Network and Computer Systems AdministratorsInstall, configure, and maintain an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems. Review system and application logs and verify completion of scheduled jobs, including system backups. Analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access. Install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.04Penetration TestersEvaluate network system security by conducting simulated internal and external cyberattacks using adversary tools and techniques. Attempt to breach and exploit critical systems and gain access to sensitive information to assess system security.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1253.00Software Quality Assurance Analysts and TestersDevelop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1255.01Video Game DesignersDesign core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1299.01Web AdministratorsManage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1255.00Web and Digital Interface DesignersDesign digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.Computer and Mathematical Occupations