Career & Technical Programs

BSC offers dozens of degrees that can get you trained and into a good paying job in two years or less. Our career and technical programs are both online and on campus, and provide outstanding opportunity in an array of industries. 
Administrative Assistant

Available On Campus
Available Online

Students are prepared for administrative support staff positions in several industries. All students work with the latest computer technology and a variety of software applications. In addition to classroom study, students gain on-the-job experience through a cooperative education/internship program.


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Agriculture Industry and Technology (Agronomy)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The two-year Agriculture Industry and Technology program prepares students for careers in agronomy. Hands-on engagement is infused throughout the curriculum, and students benefit from cooperative education internships.

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Automotive Collision Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The 11-month program trains students in all eight instructional areas certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, an evaluation board of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). A class of 18 students begins in the fall.

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Automotive Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

In Automotive Technology, students gain the classroom and hands-on knowledge to repair automotive, mechanical, and electrical systems. Using the latest diagnostic technology, they hone their skills on training vehicles and by working with highly qualified instructors.

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Carpentry (Residential)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Students in the BSC Carpentry nine-month program learn all aspects of residential carpentry by building a single-family home in Bismarck. From blueprint reading to cabinetry, drywall and more, graduates are well versed in their trade and prepared for entry-level carpentry jobs.

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Criminal Justice (Technical)

Available On Campus
Available Online

The Criminal Justice two-year program is comprised of professional and general education courses designed to give students a broad exposure to criminal justice theory and process. Curriculum offers a balanced approach to law enforcement and corrections and focuses on the fundamentals of the field, bypassing general college requirements for the Associate in Arts degree. Students are exposed to contemporary issues and problems, along with sound philosophical insights for understanding society and the ideals of the United States justice system.

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Cybersecurity & Computer Networks

Available On Campus
Available Online

This degree program combines system administration fundamentals with a foundation in cybersecurity concepts. Classes focus on best practices to implement, administer, and secure operating systems and computer networks.

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Digital Audio Production

Available On Campus

This program teaches the technical engineers producing the music imagined by musicians and composers. The first of its kind in North Dakota, Digital Audio Production trains students to work in professional recording and production environments. Students learn digital audio software, as well as musical theory and the music business.

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Electric Power Technology

Available Online

The online Electric Power Technology program is designed for current and future electric utility workers. The program provides students with a core set of skills and competencies and a broad knowledge of the industry. Students choose a specialization area: Line Construction, Metering or Substation and System Design.

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Electrical Transmission Systems Technology

Available Online

Students learn about the electrical power system in North America, including basic electricity, generation, distribution and transmission, with strong emphasis on system operations. North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) continuing education hours are offered with college credit.

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Electronics Technology

Available On Campus
Available Online
Limited Enrollment

This one-year program provides a basic electronics background. Taught in BSC's well-equipped modern laboratory, coursework includes two semesters of digital electronics and classes in alternating current and direct current analysis, solidstate devices and active devices. On campus courses start in the fall.

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Electronics/Telecommunications Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Electronics & Telecommunications Technology program provides students with a good basic electronics background with specialization in analog and digital telecommunications, copper and fiber optic media, radio communications, and digital electronics. The program is intense and directly applicable to the job market.

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Energy Services & Renewable Technician

Available On Campus
Available Online
Limited Enrollment

BSC’s Energy Service & Renewable Technician program will prepare graduates for field service technician careers in the rapidly expanding energy industry. Students will study the technical processes through theory and hands-on activities with technician and operational skills utilized in renewable generation and conventional energy facilities.

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Engineering Technology

Available On Campus

Engineering Technology prepares students for employment as engineering technicians in engineering and construction related industries. Students learn computer aided design (CAD) and Global Information Systems (GIS), industry and laboratory testing procedures, surveying techniques, structural analysis and construction management.

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Farm & Ranch Management (Agribusiness)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Agribusiness Management option is for students who plan on pursuing a business management and/or sales related position with an agribusiness. Curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful managers and to acquire the knowledge and ability to deal with the challenges in today's agriculture industries.

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Farm & Ranch Management (Farm & Ranch)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Farm and Ranch Management option is for those who plan on managing a crop or livestock production operation. Students are trained to make sound scientific and business decisions with a thorough understanding of the latest developments in technology and agricultural production.

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Farm Management Education

Designed to meet the Farm Service Agency borrower training requirements, this program offers a study of the farming business. Participants receive instruction in goal setting, planning, records/accounting and business analysis. Students must be actively engaged in farming or a beginning farmer to enroll.

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Geographic Informations Systems Technician

Available On Campus
Available Online

BSC's GIS program offers students the opportunity to enter into one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S. Three program options give students flexibility as they learn about cartography, scale, metadata and database management.

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Graphic Design and Communications

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Students in Graphic Design and Communications gain an education that allows them to put their design and multimedia skills to work in any design field. Study includes classroom and lab instruction in a Mac-equipped studio, where students learn layout, typography, print media and reproduction, Web design and digital photography.

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at BSC prepares students to handle the newest technology in this rapidly expanding field. Much of the program is devoted to work in the modern, well-equipped lab, where students master installation and repair procedures, use and care of basic tools and equipment, and how to operate by EPA standards and safety standards set by OSHA regulations.

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Human Services/Eligibility Worker

Available On Campus

The Human Services program provides training in basic helping skills and the overview of service delivery and administration needed for entry-level employment in human service agencies. At graduation students are job ready.

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Information Processing Specialist

Available On Campus
Available Online

Students in the Information Processing Specialist program gain highly marketable skills to meet ever-changing technology in business and industry, including knowledge of the most relevant software, troubleshooting and communication. Each student engages in an internship at a local business and leadership development through Phi Beta Lambda. Both the two-year and one-year programs can be completed online.

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Instrumentation & Control Technology

Available On Campus
Available Online
Limited Enrollment

On-campus and online
Limited enrollment

The Instrumentation & Control program prepares students to be an instrument technician. The program combines theory and hands-on training with state-of-the-art instruments, working processes and computerized control systems. Students learn to install, test, calibrate and maintain instruments that measure, indicate and control variables such as pressure, flow, level, density, temperature, force, vibration and chemical composition.

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Lineworker (Electrical)

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

BSC's Lineworker program educates students to become skilled apprentice lineworkers. Instruction time is divided between classroom study and indoor and outdoor laboratory work. Classes are held and skills practiced at the Lineworker program campus north of Mandan.

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Management (Technical)

Available On Campus
Available Online

Management is a necessary part of all business and organizational functions. Managers are leaders, deciders and facilitators. BSC's program develops background for management positions is all areas of business and industry. Curriculum includes general education and business courses, many of which may be transferred to a four-year school.

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Management Entrepreneurship Option

Available On Campus

Students in BSC's Management Entrepreneurship program will obtain the skills, tools and experiences necessary to assist in the creation and management of a new business venture. The backbone of this curriculum focuses on satisfactorily completing a business plan and financial analysis. Study involves a combination of general education, business and marketing coursework.

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Mass Communications (Technical)

Available On Campus

BSC's Mass Communications program provides traditional training in the foundations of writing and reporting as well as video and audio broadcast, electronic publishing and digital content. Students gain hands-on experience through the Mystic Media channels -- The Mystician, MystiCast and The MYX.

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Mechanical Maintenance Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The first of its kind regionally, the Mechanical Maintenance program prepares graduates to install, maintain and repair turbines, compressors, pumps, valves and other industrial production and processing equipment. High-demand jobs are found in the power or process industry, manufacturing, institutions such as schools and other enterprises that have complex, industrial machinery and equipment.

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Medical Laboratory Technician

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The mission of the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

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Nuclear Power Technology

Available Online

Designed for current and future nuclear power employees, students gain fundamental skills and knowledge needed for many positions in the nuclear industry. Developed in collaboration with EPCE nuclear industry partners, the BSC's Nuclear Power Technology program is approved by the Nuclear Energy Institute.

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Nursing

Nurses are in high demand in North Dakota and throughout the United States. BSC offers several nursing options including a one-year certificate, two-year Associate in Applied Science, or Associate in Science with transfer option to a baccalaureate program -- all of which prepare students for the workforce upon completion.

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Paramedic Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Paramedic Technology, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, and Advanced EMT course, prepare students to become entry-level Emergency Medical Services providers. BSC affiliates with St. Alexius Medical Center, Metro Area Ambulance Service, and other medical entities to provide hospital, clinical and field internship training, plus classroom, laboratory and Internet course education.

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Petroleum Engineering Technology

Available On Campus

The Petroleum Engineering Technology program at BSC trains students for highly technical jobs that support engineers, geologists and geophysicists working in the petroleum industry. Study focuses on data analysis and computer skills in geographic information systems (GIS) applications, PETRA, Microsoft ACCESS and EXCEL, and industry software.

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Petroleum Production Technology

Available On Campus
Available Online

Students in Petroleum Production Technology gain a broad background in the safe and responsible operations and maintenance of equipment used in the oil extraction and services industry. Graduates are prepared for a high paying career and exciting employment opportunities throughout the world.

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Phlebotomy

The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician program at BSC is to provide a high quality, learning centered education in phlebotomy theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

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Power Plant Technology

Available On Campus
Available Online

The fully-accredited Power Plant program is one of BSC's renowned energy programs. It provides students with a strong education in the responsibilities of plant operators, the necessary mechanical and chemical technology, and the work and safety environment necessary for this shift-oriented position.

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Process Plant Technology

Available On Campus
Available Online

A career in Process Plant Technology provides excellent pay and employability for years to come. Students learn the technical and safety aspects of plant operations, responsibilities of plant operators, and the mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in related industrial operations.

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Surgical Technology

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

Surgical Technology is a job readiness program for students interested in the exciting environment of the operating room. Surgical technologists possess an expertise in the theory and application of sterile technique. Their combined knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and surgical instrumentation allows them to aid a physician's performance.

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Technical Studies

Available On Campus

Technical Studies addresses the need for business and industry to attract highly trained workers with a variety of skills and to retain current workers. This custom-designed program is intended for employed individuals to combine elements of two to three disciplines in a meaningful and logical sequence to meet their career goals, to advance a career or to increase job responsibility.

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Water & Wastewater Technology

Available Online

The Certificate in Water and Wastewater Technology is designed for entry-level employment in water and wastewater treatment facilities. Students attend online training for two semesters and a brief internship or BSC hands-on lab, allowing them to enter the workforce within one year.

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Web Page Development and Design

Available On Campus
Available Online

In this ever-changing, high-demand field, BSC's Web Page Development and Design program offers students training in Web languages, Adobe Creative Suite software, Search Engine Optimization and e-commerce development. Enrollment options include a one-year Certificate or two-year degree.

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Welding

Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

The one-year Welding program provides students with basic skills for an entry-level job or apprenticeship program. Students spend most time in BSC's modern, well-equipped lab practicing different welding techniques: oxyacetylene, gas tungsten arc, flux cored arc, shielded metal arc, and gas metal arc. In shielded metal arc welding, students develop skills needed to pass the Certified Welder test of the American Welding Society.

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