IT careers get powered here. Prepare to reboot and begin an information technology career. IT expertise is highly valued in hundreds of industries worldwide—you can choose the path that suits you best at Rasmussen College. In as few as 18 months, our Information Technology Associate’s degree helps you learn to provide technical assistance and resolution strategies—taught with insight from industry-tested faculty. You’ll be showing your skills in hands-on projects, gaining crucial, practical experience common in the workplace.
As a pioneer in the field of career-focused education, Rasmussen College recruits and leverages industry leaders’ expertise to ensure program innovation and dynamic curriculum. This is why our IT Associate’s degree program content and structure was created and reviewed by a team of industry experts in roles including technical support specialist, IT specialist, technical integration specialist, security officer, IT helpdesk support, network engineer and information security and business analyst.
Along with the knowledge you’ll gain through your Information Technology degree curriculum, you’ll also learn the essential soft skills needed for today’s workplace, such as communication and critical thinking. Graduates of our IT Associate’s degree have gone on to work in roles across a variety of industries and you can expect that same well-rounded career preparation in our program.
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- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?
Prepare for Industry Certifications
Our curriculum and comprehensive IT training are designed to help prepare you for valuable certification exams, including CompTIA® A+ (parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+ and Microsoft® MCSA Windows 10.
Help Move Your Career Forward
You will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including demonstrations of skills and examples of student work. With your Associate's degree, bolstered resume and enhanced skills, you can feel confident moving your career forward and creating value across your organization.
Pursue Potential Job Growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential by year 2026 for computer user support specialists is 11%.3 An online IT degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
What Skills Will I Gain?
Foundations in Technology
Understand the basics of information technology, including systems analysis, network analysis, information security and business applications.
Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
Solve technical problems and provide help desk support by practicing critical thinking and troubleshooting methodologies across various real-world scenarios.
Mobile Support Principles
Explore the challenges of supporting mobile devices within a business. Gain skills to address issues that arise when employees use their own mobile devices and/or work remotely.
Value the importance of effective written and interpersonal communications and relaying technical lingo in a variety of team and work environments.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- CIS 1538C
- 4 Credits
- CTS 1884C
- 3 Credits
- CDA 2725C
- 3 Credits
Hardware and Software I
Introduces installation, configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting of end-user personal computer hardware (including laptops and mobile devices) and the software used to support the hardware.
Computer Technical Support
Familiarizes with computer technical support operations that services an organization. Topics will include service level agreements, the help desk and field support process and the procedures and mechanics of issue capture, resolution and metrics tracking.
Systems Analysis and Design
Covers analysis and design of information systems including networks, server environments and business solutions. Students will be exposed to different projects that have complex systems and be asked to create analysis and design documents and diagrams.
25 Courses to Complete
90 Credit Hours
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Technology vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation. Lower level course waivers are available for students with the following industry certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and Windows MCSA 10.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.
Where Can I Find an IT Program Near Me?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. Click below to find an Information Technology program near you.