Computer Specialist Certificate (CMSP)

(CIP Code 110301)

40 Semester Hours

The Computer Specialist Certificate program is designed to provide entry-level skills necessary for careers in the field of microcomputer operations and support services. The program is offered for individuals seeking to develop or broaden their knowledge of microcomputer software applications, operating systems, programming, data and Internet communications. Students may apply courses in the Computer Specialist Certificate toward the Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Computer Technology.


Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the college. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:


COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 303

CPT 114 Computers and Programming 303

CPT 209 Computer Systems Management 303

MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 303


MAT 110 College Algebra



CPT 172 Microcomputer Database 303

CPT 174 Microcomputer Spreadsheets 303

CPT 176 Microcomputer Operating Systems 303

CPT 236 Introduction to Java Programming 303

ENG 101 English Composition I 303

IST 103 Security Awareness 101



CPT 237 Advanced Java Programming 303

CPT 242 Database 303

IST 220 Data Communications 303

IST 222 Introduction to Webpage Production 303



43043Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Information Technology

Program Contact

Croteau, Kevan H. Department Chair, Information Technology