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Computer Support Technician: Computer Software Specialist

2020-21 Computer Software Specialist (PDF)*

Career Pathways Certificate
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 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 Technician Associate of Applied Science degree.

Program Learning Outcome

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. The program leaning outcome for this computer science program is:

Uses standard business productivity software to support electronic projects.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined through the Placement Process. 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.

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
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH65 Fundamentals of Algebra I or
BT160 Business Math or designated placement score
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
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:

Phone: 541-956-7127
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7127
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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