Schools with Computer Information Processing Programs

Programs for information processing teach students to enter data into computer systems. These programs also include study in administration skills. Certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in information processing or office technology are available.

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Students can find training in information processing, data entry and related office topics at many 2-year community and vocational schools around the country. Programs in office technology, computer information processing, administrative office technology and office systems technology offer suitable courses.

10 Schools with Office Technology Programs

Office technology, information processing, and similar programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,104; Out-of-state $7,440
Bellevue College Bellevue, WA 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,619; Out-of-state $8,957
Blinn College Brenham, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,256; In-state $3,912; Out-of-state $5,904
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875
Central Texas College Killeen, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district Undergraduate $2,280; In-state $2,940; Out-of-state $6,420
Cerritos College Norwalk, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,346; Out-of-state $7,926
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $5,275; In-state $10,885; Out-of-state $12,985
CUNY LaGuardia Community College Long Island City, NY 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,218; Out-of-state $8,098
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state $6,580; Out-of-state $22,154
El Paso Community College El Paso, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,386; Out-of-state $4,042

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to consider when selecting a computer information processing program.

  • Certificate and diploma programs can be completed in less time without general education requirements, although increased study in management and administration are available with associate programs.
  • Some programs offer specialization in business, medical or legal office techniques, as well as specific software, such as Microsoft Office.
  • Facilities and technology should be up-to-date and available through on-campus computer laboratories.
  • Distance and evening options may be preferable for those desiring additional credentials or those with personal or professional obligations.

Certificate in Information Processing

Certificate programs information processing can be completed in 1-2 semesters. Classes in business, medical or legal procedures may be included depending on the concentration of the program.

Diploma in Office Systems Technology

Diploma programs in office systems technology can be completed in two years or less. Some programs offer management courses and classes in specific software operation.

Associate Degree in Administrative Office Technology

Associate degree programs in administrative office technology are 2-year programs with general education courses that can be transferred to bachelor's degree programs. Students often have the opportunity to engage in capstone projects or internships.

There are many options for individuals interested in computer information processing programs, ranging from administrative assistant programs to office systems technology. These programs usually conclude with earning a certificate or associate's degree, although it is also possible to pursue a bachelor's in a relevant field.

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