If you have a flare for technology, think logically and analytically, and pay attention to detail, the IT world needs you. Start your IT career with a diploma in Computer Information Technology.

 

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Overview

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Our Computer Information Technology program won’t just show you how to build an information system – it’ll show you how to build a career. You’ll receive a comprehensive introduction to the IT industry in a program that has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society.

Through a mix of classroom theory, hands-on projects and workplace experience, you’ll prepare for the opportunities that await after graduation.

You won’t just be learning from a textbook. You’ll be busy developing your technological skills through projects that put you in the middle of multiple development environments. These tech skills will be balanced with coursework in business and communications, so you can understand how best to serve the companies who will rely on your tech talents. And you’ll put it all into practice to impress your supervisors during a 200-hour practicum placement at a workplace of your choosing.

The IT industry needs you, so what are you waiting for? Apply to the Computer Information Technology program today!

Career opportunities

When you graduate from the Computer Information Technology program, you’ll be able to find employment in a variety of positions, including:

  • programmer analyst
  • software developer
  • database designer/developer
  • software testing specialist
  • information systems project manager
  • business and systems analyst
  • web developer and administrator
  • network analyst/technician
  • IT support specialist
  • computer service technician
  • GIS developer
  • mobile app developer
Starts In: September, January
Status: Winter (January) 2018 waitlisting
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma
Transfers:

  • University of Lethbridge
  • Athabasca University
  • University of Calgary
  • NAIT
  • Griffith University (Queensland, Australia)
  • Minot University (North Dakota)

Delivery Format
Classroom
Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
BUS-1170
3.00
CIT-1152
3.00
CIT-1154
3.00
CIT-1157
3.00
MTH-1152
3.00
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
CIT-1156
3.00
CIT-1158
3.00
CIT-1163
3.00
CIT-2268
3.00
ENG-1168
3.00

The combination of ENG-1156 and PRS-1155 is considered an acceptable alternative for ENG-1168.

Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1170
3.00
CIT-2255
3.00
CIT-2265
3.00
CIT-2270
1.50
CIT-2275
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Year 2 Approved Electives list). One elective must be CIT-2260 or CIT-2269.

Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
CIT-2259
3.00
CIT-2262
1.50
CIT-2263
1.50
CIT-2271
3.00
CIT-2276
3.00
MKT-1188
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Year 2 Approved Electives list). One elective must be CIT-2260 or CIT-2269.

Year 2 Approved Electives
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1175
3.00
ACC-2250
3.00
ACC-2271
3.00
ACC-2278
3.00
BUS-1166
3.00
BUS-1168
3.00
BUS-1176
3.00
BUS-1177
3.00
BUS-2268
3.00
BUS-2275
3.00
BUS-2278
3.00
CIT-2260
3.00
CIT-2269
3.00
CMM-1185
3.00
COM-1155
1.50
COM-1157
3.00
COM-1158
1.50
COM-1159
3.00
COM-1162
3.00
CPU-1165
3.00
DES-1155
3.00
ECN-1180
3.00
ECN-2253
3.00
HUM-1150
3.00
HUM-1155
3.00
HUM-1158
3.00
HUM-1165
3.00
HUM-1180
3.00
HUM-1190
3.00
HUM-1195
3.00
IND-2251
1.50
IND-2252
1.50
PED-1160
1.50
PED-1162
1.50
PED-1170
1.50
PED-1173
1.50
PRS-1155
3.00
STS-2250
3.00

BUS-2268 is required for students wishing to transfer to the University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Management program.


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communication
  • HUM-1155 Ethics
  • HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions
  • PRS-1155 Speech

 

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Computer Information Technology program for the Fall (September) term. Students wishing to commence in the Winter (January) term may take courses in a revised sequence based on course availability. This admission results in a five-term curriculum for the completion of the diploma.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)

Note: Due to workload in this program, students are encouraged to evaluate their external commitments or consult with an advisor about alternate program sequencing. Students who plan to continue their studies through various university programs may be required to take specific electives. Please see information under “Transfers” for specifics.

A number of physical education courses are allowed in recognition of the need to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Practicum experience requirements

There is a required practicum component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Industry suitability

Prospective students should be aware of the following job-related physical demands: standing or sitting for long periods of time, intense visual concentration, and some lifting and carrying.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $3,092.00 $946.00 $2,023.00
Year 2 $3,623.00 $1,047.00 $1,874.00

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  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

An accredited program

An education here meets the latest industry standards and provides advanced standing towards professional certification.

Gain the skills you need to become an IT professional. Learn to program, configure networks, create and manage user-interfaces and databases, analyze and design IT systems, and gain understanding of business fundamentals.

The CIT program is accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society, Canada’s association of IT professionals. This involves a thorough review of all aspects of our program, and ensures you that your education that meets the latest industry standards, provides increased employment opportunities, and gives you advanced standing towards a professional certification.

Programming competition

Students in this program have the opportunity to compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Sponsored by IBM, the competition tests participants’ ability to perform under pressure.

A few words from those who have walked these halls

Emmerson Reyes

“Lethbridge College offers a great learning environment to its students that enables them to engage, socialize, advance and excel. Being a student here definitely opened doors of different opportunities for me.”

Joanna Koopmans

“I liked that everything was hands-on and learn as you go. My instructors were very understanding and took their time to explain until I understood the concepts.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Aloyuisius Black Water

After he completed his studies, Aloyuisius was hired as a geographic information systems technician with Blood Tribe Land Management and later became the geomatics services manager. From 2012-2016, he served as a council member of the Blood Tribe Chief and Council and was delegated to the Economic Pillar. As a graduate of Kainai High School and proud member of the Blood Tribe, Aloyuisius is passionate about seeing members of his community succeed, and education is an important part of this. Lethbridge College has been key to Aloyuisius' personal success and he continues to be involved as an alumnus.

– From Black Water’s Lethbridge College Alumni Advisory Council biography

Dylan Bennett

Dylan currently is based in Chile with Teck Resources South America and works as a Senior Real-Time Systems Specialist in charge of evaluation, selection, implementation, integration, and operational support of real-time mining information and control systems. After graduating from the college, he went on to earn a degree in computer science from the University of Lethbridge and was hired by Teck Coal Limited after he completed his studies in 2005. He worked in a variety of positions before moving to Chile to work as the lead for IS mining technology implementation, integration and support at Teck Resources South American operations.

– From Spring 2014 Wider Horizons

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