UPOWER Associate in Science in Computer Information Technology (CIT)

Imagine yourself with a successful career in a field that you love. An associate degree in Computer Information Technology (CIT) can help you achieve your dream by providing you with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a wide variety of career opportunities.

As an added benefit, Upower gives you control of your education. Upower is a fully online, self-paced program which enables you to earn your degree quickly and at a faction of the cost of traditional college education. Upower also permits you to earn maximum credit for your prior learning, including skills you may have acquired on the job or through military service.

The CIT program is aligned with nationally-recognized industry standards. This ensures that your degree will be valued by employers both locally and throughout the nation. You also will benefit from our full-time faculty and their many years of real-world experience. Upower faculty are available upon request to help you succeed. On-demand personalized services also are available from Hodges’ student support team, including financial aid and career advising.

UPOWER Self-Paced Learning*
The Associate in Science in Computer Information Technology degree is offered On Campus, Online, and in Upower format. Upower is an online self-paced competency-based option. See our traditional Associate in Science page for non-Upower options.
*Upower program format is not eligible for Scholarships. 

CIT degrees provide you with skills for success in a variety of settings:


  • Computer Support
  • Database Management
  • Website Design
  • Managing Office Application Packages
  • Network and Hardware Management
  • Programming and Problem Solving

Why CIT?

Is an Associate Degree in Computer Information Technology Right For Me?

If you are looking to break into the technology industry as a computing support specialist, developing modern computer information systems using client/server and multimedia web-based technologies, then this is the right career path for you!

Expanding Career Opportunities

Individuals with a broad spectrum of computer skills are in high demand in today’s business environment. With an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Technology, students achieve a working knowledge of widely used office application packages, database management tools, website design techniques, networking/hardware essentials, and programming and problem solving skills. Employment of computer support specialists is expected to increase by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020*, because the reliance on computer information systems is continuously growing in our economy.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm 11/4/2013

A Career in Computer Information Technology May Be a Good Fit For You If:

  • You enjoy working with new and innovative technologies
  • You are a skillful troubleshooter and problem solver
  • You demonstrate sound critical thinking skills
  • You are a good communicator
  • You enjoy working with others


What is the CIT Career Outlook?

Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow by 22 percent, adding 758,800 new jobs from 2010 to 2020. Demand for workers in these occupations will be driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies. Workers in these occupations will be needed to develop software, increase cybersecurity, and update existing network infrastructure*.

*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/About/Projections-Overview.htm 11/4/2013

The Associate in Science in Computer Information Technology (CIT) program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the use, development, and support of computer systems. This degree offers a great pathway to begin in an entry-level computing support specialist position to gain industry experience while continuing on to a more specialized degree within the Bachelor’s program.

Computer Information Technology Careers

  • Test and evaluate network systems
  • Perform network maintenance
  •  Troubleshoot networks
  • Troubleshoot Internet systems
    • Effectively communicate with customers
    • Evaluate customer technical issues
    • Troubleshoot and solve technical issues
    • Perform repairs on computer equipment and hardware devices
    • Provide training and documentation for computer users


    What Will I Learn?

    You may begin 6 months of unlimited course access for the CIT program on the first day of any month. You will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits during your subscription. However there is no limit on the number of credits you may earn during a subscription period.

    Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

    Area I.

    Computer Information Technology Component

    A. Computer Information Technology Core Semester Hour Credit
    CIT1015 Hardware Support Essentials

    CIT1015 - Hardware Support Essentials - 4 Credits

    This course is designed to provide a student with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully address the most common PC hardware concerns. Hardware topics include basic functionality, and the selection, installation, and maintenance of PC components. Hands-on hardware projects coupled with essential lecture concepts provide support in preparation to take the A+ certification exam.

    CIT2015 Hardware and Operating Systems

    CIT2015 - Hardware and Operating Systems - 4 Credits

    This course is designed to familiarize the student with the installation, configuration, upgrading, and troubleshooting of various computer operating systems. Emphasis on the various advantages and disadvantages of each of the major operating systems will be presented, and the various lab work required will assist the student in retaining those skills and concepts acquired in CIT1015.

    Prerequisite: CIT1015 (Certification Exam Fee required)

    DDG2310 Introduction to Web Design

    DDG2310 - Introduction to Web Design - 4 Credits

    This course is designed to teach students the proper procedures to create and post web pages suitable for course work, professional purposes, and personal use. Topics include basic skills of FTP, search engines, browsers, Internet literacy and secure Web design. The HTML language is stressed as the tool for web site creation. Also investigated are popular GUI interfaces such as Adobe Dreamweaver.

    Prerequisite: CAP1000

    CIT2410 Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS)

    CIT2410 - Introduction to Database Management Systems (DBMS) - 4 Credits

    This course presents the concepts of managing data and information in databases with a focus on the Relational Database Model. Database design using entity/relationship diagrams and secure database concepts are covered. Students will be introduced to Structured Query Language (SQL) and to client-server computing using Microsoft SQL Server.

    Prerequisites: CAP2000

    CIT2510 Program Design & Problem Solving

    CIT2510 - Program Design & Problem Solving - 4 Credits

    An introductory course that introduces students to the four basic steps common to all programming: Problem Analysis, Algorithm Design, Coding and Testing. The course is designed to enforce good style and logical thinking. Programming mechanics and proper use of control structures are emphasized. The Java programming language is used to implement key topics. At course end, students will be able to plan the logic for complete programs.

    Prerequisite: CAP1000


    Total Computer Information Technology Core


    CIT Track (Select one)

    Networking Track

    CIT3215 Fundamentals of IP Networking

    CIT3215 - Fundamentals of IP Networking - 4 Credits

    This course presents a broad overview of computer networking from LANs to WANs to the Internet. Basic networking functions, features, protocols, and security are discussed. Students will participate in the installation and setup of IP networks. The various aspects of network administration are presented. Students completing this course are partially prepared to take the CompTIA Net+ certification exams and may also take the second portion of the CompTIA A+ (Operating Systems) certification exam.

    Prerequisite: CIT2015 (Certification Exam Fee Required).

    CIT3220 Network Operating Environments

    CIT3220 - Network Operating Environments - 4 Credits

    Students will extend their skills and knowledge of basic network technology through an examination of more complex network environments. Topics include client/server configurations, examination of more complex network environments, and security. Emphasis will be on practical implementation of these concepts in modern network operating systems. Students will compare and contrast several network operating systems. This course, together with CIT3215 Fundamentals of IP Networking, will help to prepare students for the CompTIA Network + Examination. Students are expected to take this exam at the conclusion of this course.

    Prerequisite: CIT3215 (Certification Exam Fee required).


    Software Track

    CIT2525 Game Program Design

    CIT2525 - Game Program Design - 4 Credits

    The course presents a basic overview of the electronic game design and development process. It emphasizes carious creation strategies and future trends in the industry. The course will also cover how games are produced, tested and released. Students are introduced to drag and drop program design along with the basics of the underlying language that allows the drag and drop environment.

    Prerequisite: CIT2510

    CIT3535 Mobile Application Development

    CIT3535 - Mobile Application Development - 4 Credits

    The course focuses on the study, design, and development of software for mobile devices. Topics to be covered include application lifecycles, user interfaces and interaction, device communication, threading, and general software development processes.

    Prerequisite: CIT2510


    Total CIT Track


    Business Core

    GEB1012 Introduction to Business

    GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

    A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

    CAP2000 Advanced Computer Applications

    CAP2000 - Advanced Computer Applications - 4 Credits

    This course is a continuation of CAP1000. It provides a more in-depth coverage of the current Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). This is a required course for all CIT majors, but will also be open to other students desiring further computer experience as an elective course. Students taking both CAP1000 and CAP2000 will be prepared to take one or more of the MCAS certification exams.

    Prerequisite: CAP1000 (Certification Exam Fee required)


    Total Business Core

    Area II.

    Liberal Arts Component

    CAP1000 Computer Applications

    CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

    This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

    IDS1002 Foundations for College Success

    IDS1002 - Foundations for College Success- 2 Credits

    The Foundations for College Success course is a two credit course designed specifically for first year students and new students who do not have a minimum of 60 transferrable credit hours or an Associate’s degree. The purpose of this course is to help new students make a successful transition to Hodges University in the academic, social, professional and personal realms. This course aims to foster a sense of belonging, to promote engagement in the life of the university, to explain the expectations of the University and its faculty, help students develop and apply critical thinking skills, as well as assisting students in the ongoing process of clarifying their purpose, meaning, and direction.

    PSY11012 Strategic Thinking

    PSY1102 - Strategic Thinking - 2 Credits

    This course focusses on the process by which attitudes are developed, evaluated, and changed. Students will focus on applying critical thinking skills to understand current issues, belief systems and ethical positions.

    COM3015 Professional Communication

    COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

    This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

    Prerequisite: ENG1101 or permission of the Dean of Liberal Arts.

    ENG1101 English Composition

    ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credits

    This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

    Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

    MAC1132 College Mathematics

    MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

    This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

    Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

    PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

    PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

    This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

    Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

    PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

    Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

    Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours


    Total Liberal Arts Component

    Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement



    How is Hodges CIT Program Different?

    The Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Technology curriculum gives students an introduction to liberal arts and business concepts while primarily focusing on obtaining the necessary skills to achieve success and employability in a computer related field in today’s business environment. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have achieved a working knowledge of widely used office application packages, database management tools, website design techniques, networking/hardware essentials, and programming and problem solving skills. In addition, there are several opportunities integrated into the curriculum to assist students in achieving industry recognized certifications (A , MOUS, MCP, and ICCP). All credits earned from this degree are acceptable toward the Hodges University’s Baccalaureate Degree in Computer Information Technology.

    UPOWER Self-Paced Competency-Based Learning

    Take advantage of your current technical knowledge with our Upower format. Upower is a competency-based, self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option that allows students to get maximum credit for prior learning, including previous work experience. Students will receive the same high quality education they would expect in a traditional classroom. However, students also will have the advantage of completing courses and working with faculty at their own pace while earning their associate or bachelor’s degree at a fraction of the cost of a typical college education.

    Our Programs are Certified

    The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified Hodges Fisher School of Technology curriculum in information security for compliance with the requirements and standards of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). Certifications included concentrations in information security, and networking and security in our undergraduate program.

    Our Faculty

    Hodges’ Fisher School of Technology students have the advantage of learning from faculty members that have real world experience.

    Our Curriculum and Technology

    The Computer Information Technology program at Hodges University provides unique educational advantages through this career-oriented program, while focusing on the technical skills most useful in the computer technology field.

    Associate degree courses prepare you for the following certifications:

    More Information

    For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.


    What Will the Program Cost?

    Upower programs are only $2,000 for 6 months of unlimited course access. For 12 credits, this translates into a per credit tuition rate of only $166.67. Since the Upower program allows you to complete as many credits as you can in a given 6 month period, the actual per credit tuition rate can be significantly lower. This is an exceptional value currently unavailable at most other, Florida-based colleges and universities. Contact Admissions for more information.

    Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

    "The staff and faculty at Hodges take time to remember your name and always make an effort to say hello."- Fisher School of Technology Graduate

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    Your Admissions Coordinator will:

    • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
    • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
    • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
    • Coordinate the Financial Aid process with a Financial Aid Professional.
    • Refer you to your Academic Advisor for class scheduling.
    • Give you information regarding your orientation.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!


    Tracey Lanham

    Vice Chair of CIT, Professor : Computer Information Technology

    It's the right time to be a woman in technology!


    I think I will definitely have an advantage in the marketplace.

    - Danalyn Cahill

    UPOWER Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics

    Careers in graphic design, web design, computer animation, and computer aided drafting are all in great demand, and Hodges University is prepared to help pave the way for students interested in any of these career fields.

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