If you aren't sure that you have the time to finish an associate degree but know you need training in the field of computer technology, the one-year Computer Information Specialist certificate is perfect for you.

This program is designed to provide students with training in computer-based problem-solving techniques needed to secure an entry-level position in the growing field of computer operations. It provides an introduction to programming, as well as coursework in microcomputer applications, and students are introduced to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, desktop publishing and computer graphics.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, employment of computer support specialists and network administrators is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2014, as organizations continue integrate increasingly sophisticated technology into their everyday operations. Computers are projected to remain one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy. This median annual earnings of computer support specialists is $40,430.

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as programmer trainees or microcomputer specialists. With experience, one may advance to a higher-level supervisory position.
In the last decade, computers have become an integral part of everyday life, used at home, in the workplace, and at schools. This explosion in the use of computers has created a high demand for trained professionals to support and maintain computer systems in a variety of settings, including:

  • Professional offices
  • Small businesses
  • Government
  • Schools/educational institutions
  • Large corporations
  • You may also decide to pursue a Computer Systems Support Associate's Degree from Mercyhurst North East

Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.

Contact Us

Raymond Sobina
Program Director, Information Technology
Phone: 814-725-6315

Meet the Faculty

MNE Mathematics/Computer Science
Duncan E. McGill, Ph.D.
Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences
Randy Clemons, D.A.
Associate Dean, Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Professor
Raymond Sobina, M.S.
Program Director, Criminal Justice, Computer Systems Support, Assistant Professor