This program prepares students to obtain and succeed in well-paying jobs in one of the fastest growing fields in the world. Students complete hands-on training in the design and configuration of complex computer networks, VoIP installations, Windows Servers, and network security. NHTI’s networking lab has 100+ Cisco routers and switches dedicated for student use.

Mindfulness and communication training creates opportunities for growth and leadership, flexibility, adaptability, and the confidence to handle challenges. At NHTI, learning about emotional intelligence, patience, and nonverbal communication cues are key parts of the IT curriculum. Employers expect new engineers and IT professionals to be good communicators and collaborators to help them be more effective on teams and in project work.


Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

Fall Semester
COMM 120C/ ENGL 120CCommunication: Mindful303
IST 103CProgramming with Raspberry Pi1223
IST 106CIT Career Topics1101
IST 104CPC/Mobile Hardware and Networking1223
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology or   
SOCI 105CIntroduction to Sociology303
Spring Semester
ENGL 101MCEnglish Composition: Mindful404
IST 154CIntroduction to Networks1223
IST 109CPC OS Security and Cloud Fundamentals1223
IST 170CIntroduction to Linux1223
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher-level math course404

Second Year

Fall Semester1Indicates major field courses2Science electives only BIOL 115, BIOL 120, BIOL 159, CHEM 115, CHEM 120, ENVS 101, GEOL 101

ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
IST 254CSwitching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials1223
IST 180CCloud Services and Windows Server1223
IST 290CIT Career Development1202
IST 291CIT Internship Search and Approval1021
IST xxxCIT elective1223
Spring Semester
COMM 294MC/ ENGL 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
IST xxxCIT elective1223
IST 256CEnterprise, Networking, Security, and Automation1223
IST 265CInformation Security1223
IST 294CSenior IT Internship1082
XX xxxCScience elective2324
Total Credits61

Graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate sophisticated applications of computer technology on a professional level
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills needed to obtain and sustain a career in information technology
  • Identify and resolve technical problems using research techniques and troubleshooting
  • Create, install, and manage networks while adhering to industry standards
  • Implement solutions that provide common business functions in a secure environment
  • Evaluate best practices to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer systems


Managers value the high level of technical knowledge that NHTI’s IT interns bring to their companies and place special emphasis on the communications and problem-solving skills they have developed. Many internships lead to full-time entry-level IT positions and provide a solid foundation for future success. Graduates can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list):

  • IT help desk technician
  • Entry-level network technician
  • Network technician
  • Network administrator

IT students are prepared to test for nationally recognized IT certification exams such as:

  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • CompTIA Security + Certification
  • Microsoft Technology Associate

NHTI is an authorized academy for Cisco, CompTIA, and Microsoft. All classes are taught by industry-certified


Students are required to complete a senior internship in the area of their concentration and career goals. The
internship provides real-life experience applying skills learned in the classroom. Employers work closely with the students and professors to ensure an environment that enhances their education, provides experience, and
introduces them to the IT business environment.


  • Department Chair

    Aaron Conn

    Business Administration | Hospitality and Tourism Management | Information Technology | Sport, Recreation and Tourism Studies
    Department Chair
    Sweeney 306
  • Adjunct Professor

    Mike Cressey, BS

    Information Technology
    Adjunct Professor

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