Because the ITR field is so specialized, class size tends to be smaller than in other programs. For this reason, the program has been designed to maximize resources by offering the ITR courses in a very strict sequence. The advantages of this design are: (1) students can know ahead of time the term in which each of their courses is going to be offered; and (2) enrollment can be managed so that course cancellations can be kept to a minimum. At the same time, this design requires students to commit to taking the ITR courses in sequence without "taking a semester off." If a student does not take a course in its proper sequence when it is offered, it usually means that the student will have to sit out from the program for two years until the needed course is offered again.
Students start Fall term of the year their ITR specialty area is offered: the Judiciary ITR program starts Fall term only in odd-numbered years. The Healthcare ITR program starts Fall term only in even-numbered years.
Because of the intensive nature of the ITR program, students are only allowed to take six ITR credits per term. Students must take the assigned courses each term during the program; if a course or term is skipped, or if a course is failed, students will have to wait for the next cycle of classes (typically 2 years) in order to re-integrate into the program.
Associate in Applied Science program students are strongly encouraged to contact the ITR Program Advisor for more information. Students should not complete all of their ITR courses before starting their core/elective courses, because the core/elective courses help the student to acquire more knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which they can then apply to their ITR course assignments.