School and Ranking Information
Individuals interested in information technology (IT) training in the Fort Lauderdale area have about eight options to choose from. Based on proximity, program offerings, and tuition, the following schools are considered the best in the area: Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale, the William T. McFatter Technical Center and Nova Southeastern University.
- Winner: Keiser is the top pick because of its strong graduation rate and regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report. It offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.
- Runner-Up #1: The William T. McFatter Center, a 2-year school, has the highest graduation rate among schools with IT programs in the region, securing it the second position on this list. It offers a certificate program.
- Runner-Up #2: Nova Southeastern University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs related to information technology.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale||William T. McFatter Technical Center||Nova Southeastern University|
|Rankings||#57 among the best regional colleges in the South (2014)*||N/A||N/A|
|Location||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Davie, FL (3.8 miles from Fort Lauderdale)||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||2-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-13)||$15,664 (undergraduate);
|Varies by program:
$1,850 for the Applied Information Technology Certificate program (FL residents),
$2,655 for the PC Support Services Certificate program (FL residents),
$3,241 for the Network Support Services Certificate program (FL residents)***
| $24,414 (undergraduate);
|Information Technology Program Levels Offered||Associate's, bachelor's and master's||Certificates||Bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees|
|Information Technology Degrees or Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-12||192**||10**||42**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Program (2011-12)||Associate of Science in Information Technology (177 degrees awarded)**||1- to 2-year certificate in information technology (10 awarded)**||Master of Science in Information Technology (42 degrees awarded)**|
|2006 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||55%**||56%**||42%**|
|Noteworthy||Many programs available in online formats||Has counselors who specifically focus on information technology programs||Maintains high-tech facilities on campus with state-of-the-art technology|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***William T. McFatter Technical Center website.
Winner: Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
- Student-faculty ratio is 11:1, according to the NCES
- Has a bachelor's degree-completion program in information technology
- Ranked #8 nationally for the number of associate degrees awarded in computer and information sciences and support services in 2013 by Community College Week
Keiser University offers an Associate of Science in Information Technology for students looking to get started in the IT field. This 72-credit A.S. is a terminal degree and isn't designed for credit transfer into a 4-year program. Students study PC support, the basics of information security, operating systems, network infrastructure and internetworking technology. Rather than looking to transfer their credits, graduates of the A.S. program may want to consider Keiser's bachelor's degree-completion program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Students must have completed an associate's degree to enroll. Curriculum in the B.S. program requires the completion of 60 credits in courses such as information technology management, database systems, e-business technology, software management and statistics.
At the graduate level, Keiser offers a Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership program. The coursework combines advanced information technology topics with upper-level management and leadership studies. Courses explore subjects such as cloud and virtualization services, risk assessment, global e-commerce systems, leadership development and database security. The program requires 36 credits of study and culminates in a capstone project in technology leadership.
Runner-Up #1: William T. McFatter Technical Center
- Programs can lead to information technology industry certifications like CompTIA A+
- Student-faculty ratio of 12:1, according to the NCES
- School offers an online job board to help students and alumni connect with local employers
The William T. McFatter Technical Center offers several certificate programs related to information technology. The Applied Information Technology Certificate program prepares students for assistant positions in IT and Web systems. Students learn about computer hardware and software, programming, Web tools, cybersecurity and networking. The program requires 600 hours of study.
Another program that can lead to information technology jobs in the help desk and tech support field is the PC Support Services Certificate. This 900-hour program covers hardware assembly and modification, operating systems, optimization and software configuration. Graduates are prepared to earn CompTIA A+ certification.
Finally, the Network Support Services Certificate program is another option for prospective information technology students. This program can lead to network administrator roles as well as information technology assistant positions. Requiring 1050 hours of study, the program covers networking theory and configuration. Graduates may pursue Cisco Certified Network Associate and CompTIA A+ industry certifications.
Runner-Up #2: Nova Southeastern University
- 96% of incoming full-time freshmen received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
- Information technology major is offered in day and evening formats
- Several internships are available for information technology majors
Nova Southeastern University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in information technology, as well as a related doctoral program. The IT programs give graduates the technical and theoretical skills they'll need to manage computer and network systems, databases and communication systems. A dual admission program for the bachelor's and master's degree in information technology is available to exceptional students. The master's degree program offers concentrations in application development, databases and system administration. A doctorate program in information systems is also offered. Internships with local companies are available, as well as opportunities for students to work within Nova's own IT organization. Students have access to various research and computer labs on campus.