Personal Computer Applications Specialist Certificate

Individuals with or without a college degree whose goal is to acquire or improve their personal computer application skills will accomplish their goals in this program. Emphasis is on acquiring results-oriented career business and industry skills. The program is intended for those seeking entry-level positions as well as those currently employed who desire to enhance their job skills and take MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist) certification tests. It provides employers and current prospective employees with tangible evidence of computer competencies.

Suggested/Sample Course Sequence Completion - Two Semesters

The sequence taken by the student may vary depending on prerequisites, course availability, and personal/professional responsibilities.

(Major Code 4730; State CIP Code 11.0202)

Prerequisites for Required Courses

Prior to beginning the personal computer applications certificate program the student must take the following prerequisite or have taken an equivalent transfer course, or have passed the waiver test, or have obtained a waiver from the program administrator.

CPCA 105Introduction to Personal Computers: Windows1
or CPCA 106 Introduction to Personal Computers: Macintosh

Option 1

Suggested/Sample Course Sequence Completion - Two Semesters

The sequence taken by the student may vary depending on prerequisites, course availability, and personal/professional responsibilities.

Option 1: First Semester

First Five Week Session
CPCA 123E-Presentation: MS PowerPoint*1
CPCA 138Windows for Microcomputers*1
Second Five Week Session
CPCA 108Word Processing I: MS Word*1
CPCA 110Spreadsheets I: MS Excel*1
Third Five Week Session
CPCA 111Spreadsheets II: MS Excel*1
CPCA 125Word Processing II: MS Word*1
Total Hours6

Option 1: Second Semester

First Five Week Session
CPCA 114Databases I: MS Access*1
CPCA 141Internet I*1
Second Five Week Session
CPCA 115Databases II: MS Access*2
Third Five Week Session
Continuation of CPCA 115-Database II: MS Acess
CPCA Elective (see list below)1
Total Hours5

CPCA Electives

CPCA 118Groupware: Outlook*1
CPCA 121Introduction to Project Management*1
CPCA 151Internet II*1
CPCA 161Introduction to Web Pages using HTML*1

NOTE: A student can elect to take CPCA 128 PC Applications: MS Office, in lieu of CPCA 108, CPCA 110 and CPCA 123. An additional elective can then be substituted for CPCA 105.

Option 2

Suggested/Sample Course Sequence Completion in One Semester

The sequence taken by the student may vary depending on prerequisites, course availability, and personal/professional responsibilities.

Option 2: First Semester

First Five Week Session
CPCA 108Word Processing I: MS Word*1
CPCA 110Spreadsheets I: MS Excel*1
CPCA 114Databases I: MS Access*1
CPCA 141Internet I*1
Second Five Week Session
CPCA 123E-Presentation: MS PowerPoint*1
CPCA 138Windows for Microcomputers*1
CPCA 115Databases II: MS Access*2
Third Five Week Session
CPCA Elective (see list below)1
Continuation of CPCA 115-Database II: MS Acess
CPCA 111Spreadsheets II: MS Excel*1
CPCA 125Word Processing II: MS Word*1
Total Hours11

CPCA Electives

CPCA 118Groupware: Outlook*1
CPCA 121Introduction to Project Management*1
CPCA 151Internet II*1
CPCA 161Introduction to Web Pages using HTML*1

NOTE: A student can elect to take CPCA 128 PC Applications: MS Office, in lieu of CPCA 108, CPCA 110 and CPCA 123. An additional elective can then be substituted for CPCA 105.

Total Program Hours: 11