Program Overview

Bismarck State College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Information Processing Specialist degree. This program provides students with skills and the knowledge of technology in business and industry. Students receive an education in Microsoft Office software, Adobe Creative Suite software, technology troubleshooting, and communication skills. Students will also participate in an internship at a local business, as well as gain leadership development training through Phi Beta Lambda, a professional organization for college students interested in business careers.

Prospective students should enjoy working with software applications, such as word processing, be detailed-oriented, and interested in working in a back office setting. Students will take courses that provide them computer skills such as keyboarding, word processing, database, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, electronic presentations, Internet research, electronic publishing, and operating systems.

Graduates will have the skills necessary to pursue jobs as an information-processing specialist in government agencies, educational institutions, law offices, sales offices, service agencies, insurance companies, or bank and investment firms.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Requires from 61-64 credits for completion. Application requirements: official transcripts.

    School Overview

    Bismarck State College is a public, four-year institution of higher education that focuses primarily on associate’s degrees, and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. In 1984, the college became a part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education and in 1987, the school’s name changed to Bismarck State College.

    Bismarck State College offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, transfer opportunities, technical programs, and continuing education. Bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees are offered in cooperation with other North Dakota University System institutions. BSC specializes in energy education, with degrees including power and process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology, and electric power technology. The school’s mission states: “Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.”

    Students can complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs, from home through Bismarck State College’s online campus. The online environment varies among programs, but most often features shorter intensive classes extending from 3 weeks to 8-week sessions that are offered throughout the entire year. 


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