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Computer Information Systems

Demand is always high for software developers and people with programming skills. If your Java doesn’t come in a mug and you’re always thinking up new ways to write code, this program is for you.

Over the course of two years you’ll learn how to analyze, design, and develop information management systems, e-commerce sites, and mobile apps. You’ll work in desktop, service, Internet/intranet and networked environments. Just as important, you’ll learn how to work as part of a team.

This is an exciting, intensive program that more than prepares you for the real work world with hands-on lab projects and instruction from the people who know what’s going on in today’s industry. Students will benefit from on-the-job training at local companies—an experience that looks great on your resumé and builds vital contacts.

The Computer Information Systems program at the Summerside Waterfront Campus offers e-health components through course electives within the program. This curriculum exposes students to concepts and technology that prepares them for the many e-health opportunities that exist both locally and regionally.

Course delivery includes face-to-face and video conferencing sessions. We have state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that our students receive curriculum from the learning managers that relate to the industry’s needs. Not only does this method reduce the environmental impact, but it provides an opportunity to collaborate with a wider audience while sharing ideas and best practices. It also allows students to use the technology used in the workplace.

The CIS curriculum is validated by local Information Technology professionals and is accredited by CIPS. Canada’s Association of IT Professionals. The industry specified and nationally recognized curriculum enables graduates to pursue employment opportunities throughout Canada, the United States and many international locations.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus & Summerside Waterfront Campus
Credential Issued: Diploma, Computer Programmer/Analyst
Minimum passing grade per course:

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This program is also available via distance learning.

On the Job Training

On the job training is a work term giving students an opportunity to experience real day-to-day operations in their specialty areas, allowing them to implement the skills acquired during the program. There is also valuable interaction and learning with staff of the companies in which students are placed. Students must complete on-the-job training to be eligible for graduation.

Graduate Opportunities

The CIS curriculum is validated by Information Technology professionals employed in Atlantic Canada and incorporates nationally recognized standards. The industry specified and nationally recognized curriculum enables graduates to pursue employment opportunities throughout Canada, the United States and many international locations.

Graduates find employment as:

  • Programmers
  • Programmers/Analysts
  • Software Developers (Internet, client/server, mobile)

Graduates of the CIS program have gained employment on Prince Edward Island with various departments of the Provincial Government, Veterans Affairs Canada, Aliant, Summerside Tax Center, Maximus Canada (DeltaWare) and Maritime Electric. Graduates are also employed off Island with IS consulting firms such as CGI, EDS, Bell, DMR, various provincial and federal government organizations and many different private sector companies.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 2174.

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Grade 12*
  • Academic Grade 11 or 12 math
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: Training or experience in the use of computers such as keyboarding, desktop application software and operating system(s) is strongly recommended.

*Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for this program are encouraged to apply.

Successful completion of TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) may be used as a consideration of acceptance.


Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for students taking this program on the Prince of Wales Campus.

View a full breakdown of costs for students taking this program on the Summerside Waterfront Campus.

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Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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