Through career-focused online software development courses and curriculum, you will experience practical applied learning in your courses. In as few as 18 months, you will be prepared for a successful career across a wide range of industries.1 Our program is designed to help you gain relevant programming and coding skills employers seek. This Associate’s degree is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.
When you’re ready to advance your education even further, you can transfer your online Software Application Development credits into our Computer Science or Data Analytics Bachelor’s degree programs.
- 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 software developer training are designed to help prepare you for key industry certifications, including Microsoft® Technology Associate (MTA), Java and C++. Rasmussen College will reimburse you for up to three exam application fees.2
Advance Your Education
Our graduates feel confident advancing their careers in the competitive world of software development and creating value across their organization by contributing to a diverse team.
Pursue Potential Job Growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential by year 2026 for computer systems analysts is 9%.3 A Software Application Development Associate's degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
What Skills Will I Gain?
Technical Skill Development
Practice software development skills in project-based courses where you develop mobile and desktop applications to solve real challenges.
Multiple Programming Languages
Learn how to securely code with the most in-demand programming languages and databases, including C++, C#, Java® and SQL databases, and practice applying them hands-on.
Through hands-on projects, you’ll address business problems and practice developing solutions with technological know-how.
Digital and Software Architecture
Develop and deploy computer applications, design digital and software architecture and utilize quality assurance techniques to improve software performance.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- CDA 1202
- 3 Credits
- COP 1532C
- 3 Credits
- COP 2598C
- 4 Credits
Foundations of Software Design
Introduces students to fundamental aspects of programming as it is related to proper software design concepts. Provides an understanding of how computational techniques are applied in solving a variety of problems.
Database Fundamentals for Programmers
Covers relational databases and their efficient design. The course will include the definition of tables and indexes, logical and physical design, the E-R model and transaction management. The use of Structured Query Language (SQL) will be emphasized.
Secure Programming Techniques
Introduces students to best practices to secure programming techniques. Focuses on the most common programming vulnerabilities and how to mitigate them.
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.
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 Will I Take These Classes?
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.