4 options provide varied access to interdisciplinary degree
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with options in:
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with its four options offers a challenging, state-of-the-art education for those interested in learning the dynamic and growing field of information technology. The field is interdisciplinary, with applications to all aspects of the economy. Graduating students are prepared to bridge the technology and management disciplines in their organizations.
Core business disciplines taught include analytical skills and problem solving; business organization and management; project management; leadership, teams, and communications. In addition to the core business disciplines students chose an information technology focus in one of three options: applications development, business/systems analysis or accounting. Each option is designed to produce graduates with the competencies necessary to succeed in the workplace or pursue further graduate level education.
The Oregon Tech Information Technology degree with four options prepares students for a wide range of professions including accounting information systems, database administration, systems analyst, business systems consultant, network analyst, software applications specialist, PC support technician, technical writer, web administrator and as vendor representatives for both hardware and software firms. Information Technology graduates are currently employed at firms including Consolidated Freightways, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Intel. Through a combination of technical skills and business understanding, Information Technology graduates are uniquely prepared for faster advancement than many of their contemporaries.
Graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology include 183 credit hours for the Accounting Option, 181 credit hours for the Applications Development option, 181 credit hours for the Business/Systems Analysis option, and 182 credits for the Health Informatics option.
The Information Technology Accounting Option combines coursework in accounting and information technology. Students will acquire the technical, accounting, and interpersonal skills needed to prepare them for successful careers in accounting and accounting information systems. This unique program meets the needs of accounting students entering today's technology-oriented marketplace. Students entering this program will receive intensive exposure and preparation in information systems.
In addition, they will develop the skills and tools required to analyze, design, and implement different types of accounting systems. Upon graduation, students selecting this option should have sufficient knowledge to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams. This program prepares students for a variety of careers in accounting, financial management, management advisory services, and information technology.
The Information Technology Applications Development Option focuses on the acquisition of theory and technical competencies to prepare student for successful careers as applications programmers. The curriculum is designed to produce graduates with the competencies, skills and attitudes necessary for success in the workplace or further graduate education. The management components include analytical skills and problem solving; business organization and management; project management; leadership, teams, and communications. Information technology skill areas include database development, applications development, web development, technical support, telecommunications, and additional technical electives.
The Information Technology Business/Systems Analysis Option integrates technical, business, and interpersonal skills to prepare students for successful careers as business/systems analysts. The curriculum is designed to produce graduates with the competencies, skills and attitudes necessary for success in the workplace or further graduate education. The management components include analytical skills and problem solving; business organization and management; project management; leadership, teams, and communications. Students gain theoretical and practical experience with systems analysis and design, project management, personal computers, operating systems, applications, networks, web page design and development, and databases.
Health Informatics Option
Objectives and Career Opportunities
The US health care system is in the midst of a technology transformation, moving from paper-based records to integrated electronic health information systems. Technology transformation, specifically electronic health records, data warehouses and integrated health information systems, is changing the face of health care organizations and the delivery of care. One of the key factors in assuring a successful transformation is meeting the needs for highly qualified health informatics professionals and specialists.
The new roles for health informatics professionals are the result of the convergence of information management and information technologies. Health informatics professionals work in operational and management positions throughout the health care industry in such locales as hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, software vendors and government agencies. Health informatics professionals are being called upon to design and use emerging information technologies with the goal of helping providers and patients access and utilize key information in both clinical and business management. Health Informatics provides support in areas such as clinical decision making, research, financial and revenue cycle management, and personal health management.
The Health Informatics option requires 181 term hours. Required course work is outlined in the curriculum section. Transfer students should consult with the Registrar's Office and the Management department to determine which of their courses will satisfy Oregon Tech course requirements.