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Computer Support Technician: Computer Software Specialist

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 110601
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Computer Software Specialist Career Pathway Certificate is designed to give students a comprehensive knowledge of a variety of commonly used software programs. It generally can be completed in one to two terms. Students will learn industry standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs, as well as gain a strong foundation in operating systems. Students will be prepared for careers where strong computer application skills and computer system navigation are required.

The Career Pathway Certificate is the first step towards the Computer Support Associate of Applied Science degree or Computer Support: Healthcare Informatics Associate of Applied Science degree option. The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see

Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Computer Science Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Students in the high school College Now credit program must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways Certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor and review the roadmap at

Completion Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive a Career Pathways Certificate in Computer Software Specialist. Certain prerequisite and required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
CS120 Concepts in Computing I or documented computer proficiency

Note: Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR90 Fundamentals of Composition or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-16
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
CS125DB Database Management Systems (Access) 3
CS125PPT Effective Presentations (PowerPoint) 2
CS125SS Spreadsheet Applications (Excel) 4
CS125WW Word Processing Applications (Word) 3
CS140 Introduction to Operating Systems 4

For more information contact the Computer Science Department:

Grants Pass: 541-956-7213
Medford: 541-245-7527
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7213 or Ext. 7527
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