Computer Programming & Systems

Why Choose NPC's Computer Programming & Systems?

Nearly every kind of business organization relies on computing and computer technology to operate efficiently, and those organizations continue to adopt increasingly sophisticated technologies. Employers may train you in their business, but they expect you to know your "business" -- computer systems and how to develop them and keep them running smoothly.

About Our Program

The NPC Computer Information Systems (CIS) program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in an area of specialization also named Computer Information Systems. Using a survey approach, instructors provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills training that cover a variety of fundamental areas including: computer programming languages, database management and systems analysis and design. You take specific courses addressing A+ basics, the Linux operating system, introductory Java programming, graphics communications technology and more!

Degree/Certificate Options

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) • 64 credits including 36 hours of core requirements, 18 hours of required electives (you select the most appropriate courses from a pre-determined list) and 16 hours of general education credits.
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) • 36 credits, the 30 hours of core requirements plus six additional credits in pre-selected courses in English and mathematics.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2016), employment of computer analysts, programmers and software engineers is projected to increase faster than average for all occupations for the next decade with job prospects best for those with degrees and relevant experience. Average salaries for experienced programmers and analysts in rural Arizona range from the low $60k's to $99,230, but are generally higher in metropolitan areas.

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Online Course Options

Currently, three CIS courses are available online:

  • CIS 105 (SUN # CIS 1120) Computer Applications and Information Technology
  • CIS 150 Digital Culture
  • CIS 286 Educational Technology

University Transfer Options

Some courses within the program, but not all, may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Always work with an NPC academic adviser to ensure you are taking the right courses to meet your educational and career goals.

Contact Us

Pam Dominquez, Secretary to the Dean

Career & Technical Education Division
Silver Creek Campus -- Snowflake/Taylor
Student Center (SNC), Room 124

(800) 266-7845, ext. 6232

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


    Computer Information Systems

    Information on all eligible NPC programs can be found in the Gainful Employment Data Archives.