Competency-Based Program




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A Personalized Learning Opportunity

Northwestern State University’s Competency-Based Program is a flexible education model that allows students to learn and advance at their own pace. Focusing on outcomes rather than time spent in a classroom, students progress as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills or knowledge, called competencies. This structure builds upon prior knowledge and experience. Know the material? Pass a pre-assessment and move on to the next unit. Need more time? Slow down and focus on what you need to learn. Whether you are pursuing a degree, updating your skills for the workplace, or taking a class for fun, NSU’s Competency-Based Program leaves the time, place, and pace of learning up to you.

Why Choose a Competency-Based Education?


Northwestern State’s Competency-Based Program is an affordable alternative to traditional education models.


​Start a new course at the beginning of any week. With a competency-based education, flexibility is the name of the game.

Quality Education

​NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)


NSU currently offers a competency-based option in Computer Information Systems (CIS). The CIS program at NSU is nationally recognized for its excellence in systems analysis and design, database design and development, Internet web design and development, and object-oriented programming. It has been recognized as an Area of Excellence by the University of Louisiana System since 1999 winning 13 national titles in various competitions. NSU offers three concentrations in Computer Information Systems: Application Development, Networking and Systems Management, and Web Development.

Is It Right For Me?

NSU’s Competency-Based Program is ideal for adult learners or busy professionals who are balancing full-time job or family commitments. If you are self-motivated, eager to learn, and capable of working online, a competency-based education may be right for you.

Explore our website to find out how it works or contact us to get more information about the CB Program. Our experienced team members are here to help put you on the path towards achieving your educational goals.

Contact Us

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Telephone: 318-357-6355
Toll Free: 1-800-376-2422