Computers: Programming Certificate

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Program Information

In as little as two semesters you could be on your way to working as a computer programmer by completing the Computers: Programming Certificate program of study at Iowa Western.

Students in this program get hands-on experience in multiple computer environments while learning programming languages and World Wide Web technologies. Coursework is limited to the essential hands-on courses you will need to be a successful programmer.

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Computers: Application & Web Programming A.A.S degree.

Job Outlook

12,781 Jobs (2020)

+3.0% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Computers: Programming Certificate program of study is designed to place students into the workforce after completion of the two-semester certificate. The certificate program prepares students for entry-level careers as computer programmers. Graduates of this program who wish to earn an advanced degree and prepare for higher level jobs should continue on to complete the Computers: Application and Web Programming program of study.


  • Entry: $27.46
  • Average: $39.89
  • Experienced: $70.93

Career Examples

  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Software Developers, Systems Software
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Occupations
  • Computer and Information System Managers
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Web Developers.

First Semester

CIS 207 - Fundamentals of Web Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 127 - Introduction to Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 121 - Operating Systems 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 114 - Introduction to Information Technology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 12.0 Credits

Second Semester

CIS 213 - Advanced Client Side Scripting 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 134 - Web Design 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 171 - Java 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 332 - Database and SQL 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 12.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 24.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrate use of analytical, trouble shooting, and problem solving skills for programming.
  • Create and develop interactive web pages.
  • Design, create and maintain a relational database system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of computer systems.

Program Disclaimers

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