Rogers State University’s Department of Technology links academic programs directly to employment needs in the state’s wealth-generating ecosystems.

Critical STEM disciplines have increased 54% over the last nine years and for-credit micro-credentials provide alternative learning pathways directly aligned with skill requirements identified by Northeast Oklahoma business and industry.

Information Technology Help Desk Technician

This Information Technology Help Desk Technician micro-credential is designed to meet the needs of aspiring information technology professionals, and others who are interested in learning more about networking technologies but might have little or no background in this subject matter. Completers are prepared to take the CompTIA ITF+ as well as CompTIA Network+.  And the curriculum culminates with in-depth knowledge of Windows Servers, including TCP/IP configuration, IPv6, DNS configuration, DHCP implementation and management, deploying remote access, configuring distributed network file services, and high-performance network solutions. This micro-credential can be completed online in as little as 16 weeks. 

Earning Criteria:

  • Successful completion of IT 1411 Orientation to Computer Technology:
    The student will be introduced to such varied topics as common IT terminology, career planning, basic programming logic, ethics, and other IT issues. The Business Information Technology portfolio project will also be discussed.  
  • Successful completion of IT 2143 Introduction to Networking:
    Explores the theory and terminology of both local and wide area computer networks and their proper application to business and industry problems.
  • Successful completion of IT 2153 Network Operating Systems I:
    A popular operating system will be covered in detail. A study of components, functions, and relationships of computer operating systems and their interactions with user programs will be offered.

Information Security Practitioner

This Information Security Practitioner micro-credential is designed to meet the needs of aspiring information technology professionals, and others who are interested in learning more about cybersecurity and have networking credentials or coursework (CompTIA ITF+, CompTIA Network+, or RSU’s Information Technology Help Desk Technician micro-credential). Completers are prepared to take the Cyber CompTIA Security+ which establishes the core knowledge required for entry cybersecurity roles and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. This micro-credential can be completed online in as little as 16 weeks. 

Earning Criteria:

  • Successful completion of IT 3333 Cybersecurity Investigations:
    Hands-on laboratory-based application of Cybersecurity investigation utilizing common techniques and methods, hardware and software applications, in digital evidence collection, extraction and recovery in accordance with legal standards of evidence as well as ethical implications of forensics methods. 
  • Successful completion of IT 4353 Information Assurance and Security Management:
    An investigation of information assurance and security with an emphasis on the identification, assessment, and management of risks and threats to information security and privacy in the digital business environment. Mitigating measures are also explored. 
  • Successful completion of IT 4443 Fundamentals of Information and Cybersecurity:
    This course will introduce students to computing systems, which rely on networking and cybersecurity best practices for organizational network defenses. In so doing, students will learn how to use Nessus and other software to configure a scan policy and identify targets to scan as well as gain unauthorized file system access on a Windows Server, create a destructive virus with the potential to destroy or cripple an operating system and deliver and launch a Trojan on another system. In today’s technologically advanced business organizations, these abilities are required in order to construct solid defenses to protect against such attacks. 

Microsoft Office Practitioner

The Microsoft Office Practitioner micro-credential is designed to meet the needs of those aspiring to demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in a workplace environment. Completers are prepared to take Exam MO-100: Microsoft Word (Word and Word 2019), Exam MO-300: Microsoft PowerPoint (PowerPoint and PowerPoint 2019), and Exam MO-200: Microsoft Excel (Excel and Excel 2019). This micro-credential can be earned online in as little as eight weeks. 

Earning Criteria:

  • Successful completion of CS 1113 Microcomputer Applications:
    This course is designed for those who intend to be computer users rather than programmers. Successful completion of this course will satisfy the computer literacy requirement. Students will learn how to use the Internet, email, the Windows Operating System, a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation package. 

Programming Technician

This Programming Technician micro-credential is designed to meet the needs of aspiring coding and programmers who want to create their own games or APPS, or plan to attend a postsecondary program in game development, STEM, or animation, but might have little or no background in this subject matter. Completers are prepared to take Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA). The curriculum culminates with in-depth knowledge of debugging, problem-solving, interpreting the API, creating code, evaluating code, and navigating the interface. 

Earning Criteria:

  • Successful completion of IT 1411 Orientation to Computer Technology:
    The student will be introduced to such varied topics as common IT terminology, career planning, basic programming logic, ethics, and other IT issues. The Business Information Technology portfolio project will also be discussed.  
  • Successful completion of CS 1213 Introduction to Computing:
    Introduction to programming logic, analysis of problems, language-independent program design, and algorithms.
  • Successful completion of CS 2223 Programming I:
    Structured programming, operators, variables, loops, decisions, functions, pointers, input/output, data types, structures, and file operations will be treated using a popular programming language. Beginning object-oriented programming topics may also be covered.

Drone Pilot

This Drone Pilot micro-credential is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional drone pilots and hobbyists alike. RSU is part of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI). This is a new program designed for universities, colleges, and technical schools by the FAA to recognize institutions that prepare students for careers in UAS or drones and RSU is proud to have been accepted into the UAS-CTI. Completers are prepared to take the FAA aeronautical knowledge test: “Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG)” under 14 CFR Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  The curriculum also includes Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) initial – Part 61 pilots training.

Earning Criteria:

  • Successful completion of TECH 1030 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):
    Design and Build Basic Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) skills development in an applied learning environment. Beginning-level techniques are developed through the design and completion of UAS projects. 
  • Successful completion of TECH 2020 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):
    Flight Operations Advanced skills development in an applied setting allows learners to develop the required knowledge and skills to pass FAA Part 107 exam. Advanced-level techniques are developed through the design and completion of UAS projects.

Website Technician

This Website Technician micro-credential is designed to meet the needs of aspiring Web Developers who may want to create web pages to include graphic design and multimedia elements but might have little or no background in this subject matter. Completers can develop and manage the structure and design of web pages to include building, formatting, and enhancing pages; adding graphics, advanced graphics, and multimedia; creating and updating forms; creating tables and frames; as well as image manipulation, animation, and streaming media technologies.

Earning Criteria:

  • Successful completion of CS 1213 Introduction to Computing:
    Introduction to programming logic, analysis of problems, language-independent program design, and algorithms.
  • Successful completion of CS 2163 Website Design and Development:
    This course will cover how to create web pages using popular site development software and current website development language(s). Topics include building, formatting, and enhancing pages; adding graphics, advanced graphics, and multimedia; creating and updating forms; creating tables and frames; and managing the structure and design of web pages.
  • Successful completion of CS 3213 Multimedia Development:
    The following topics may be included: image manipulation, animation, audio and video creation, and streaming media technologies.

Successful completion is defined as a “C” or better.