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Computer professionals must have good reasoning and logical problem solving abilities, be observant, alert to detail and tenacious in pursuing problems to completion. The Computing Science programs at Northwestern Polytechnic offer students an opportunity to integrate extensive software development skills with hardware skills. Emphasis in various programs include: computer graphics and image processing, digital hardware, data communications and networking. Hardware facilities include dedicated circuit design and robotics lab, data communications, and networking lab, as well as six general access computer labs.
Students have a choice of a two-semester certificate, a four-semester diploma program and degree completion opportunities.
As a graduate of the two-year diploma at Northwestern Polytechnic, students are qualified for positions in software development including hardware and networking components; game programming; database applications; PC support; networking specialist; financial systems development, etc. Typically, graduates work as programmer/analysts and network administrators.
Certificate Program Admission Requirements
To be admitted, applicants will need the equivalent of a High School Diploma with a minimum of 50% in both Mathematics 30-1 and English 30-1.
Diploma Program Admission Requirements
Successful completion of a Computer Systems Technology certificate program.
Certificate Graduation Requirements
Students who successfully complete the certificate program requirements will be eligible for a Certificate in Computer Systems Technology. If students meet these requirements, they may apply to graduate.
Diploma Graduation Requirements
Students who successfully complete the diploma program requirements will be eligible for a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology. If students meet these requirements, they may apply to graduate.
Post-Diploma Degree Program
When students successfully complete the two-year diploma and wish to continue their education in Computing Science several options are available to them:
Bachelor of Science, Computing and Information Systems
(Post-Diploma) 4 years, 120 credits
Northwestern Polytechnic graduates with a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology may receive a maximum of 60 transfer credits toward this 120-credit degree. In addition to completing the degree directly with Athabasca University, you have an option to take a number of courses in a classroom setting at NWP. This degree program is a unique collaboration between Athabasca University and NWP. See the Computer and Information Systems program for details.
Year one and two, 60 credits
Successful completion of Diploma in Computer Systems Technology
Year three and four, 60 credits
Students can combine university transfer courses and Athabasca University courses delivered in a classroom setting at NWP with distance courses from Athabasca University to complete the third and fourth year requirements of this degree.
See Calendar sections on Computing Science, University Transfer, Degree Program and Athabasca University at NWP. Consult the website for Athabasca University School of Computing and Information Systems to confirm program details, including residency and graduation requirements.
University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Science, Computing Science (Post-Diploma)
Northwestern Polytechnic graduates with a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology may receive 2 years or 60 credits of transfer credit toward admission to year three of this degree.
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Bachelor of Applied Information Systems
Northwestern Polytechnic graduates with a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology may transfer to year three of the applied degree program at NAIT.
Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology
Northwestern Polytechnic graduates with a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology may transfer to year three of the applied degree program at SAIT.