Information Technology

Associate of Applied Business


Information technology (IT) professionals provide support for nearly every business, hospital, educational facility and household. Technology continues to develop and change at a rapid pace, requiring a workforce with technical knowledge to design, develop, support and maintain the software, hardware and infrastructure required for quality systems. 

 IT graduates who wish to continue their education are eligible to complete their technical bachelor’s degree at several Ohio universities, including:

  • DeVry University
  • Franklin University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Ohio Dominican
  • Ohio University
  • Otterbein University

Why choose COTC?


COTC offers two majors in information technology (IT).

  • IT specialist: The IT specialist major prepares students to support IT users, maintain computer systems and networks, and write basic programs through hands-on projects.
  • Programming and software development: The programming and software development major gives students hands-on experience with real-world information system applications. 

Students can choose to pursue one major, or they can choose to pursue both majors by taking additional classes. The curriculum in the IT program at COTC prepares students for a variety of career choices. 


Career Choices

Programming and Software Development:

  • Software or app developer
  • Entry-level systems analyst
  • Help desk technician
  • Database supporter or administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Website developer
  • Computer sales associate

IT Specialist:

  • Computer call center associate 
  • Computer sales associate 
  • Entry-level software developer 
  • Data processing technician 
  • Help desk technician 
  • Network administrator 
  • Entry-level IT project manager

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the information technology associate degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to complete the information technology associate degree depends upon how many courses are taken per semester. 

Students who attend full time (and take 3-5 classes on average per semester) will complete quicker than students who attend part time (and take 1-2 classes on average per semester).

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete an associate degree are listed in a plan of study. The information technology program has two plans of study, one for each major a student can choose.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students interested at COTC have the flexibility to take classes face-to-face and online. Many degrees, including IT require face-to-face courses for hand’s-on learning. 

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate degree?

Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has transfer agreements with four-year colleges.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year!

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.