Information Technology Degree Faculty

Patrick J. Coyle, Ph.D.

Patrick J. Coyle

Patrick J. Coyle


Ph.D., Capella University
M.S.I.T., Capella University
B.S.B.A., Thomas Edison State College
A.A.S., Gloucester County College
CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer
CompTIA Certified A+ Systems Technician
A+ Certified System Technician
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
CompTIA Certified Network +
CompTIA Certified Security +
EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Subject Areas: Networking, Network Security, Information Security, Technology Management, Project Management, Business Information Systems, Desktop Applications for Business

Dr. Patrick Coyle serves as a Professor of Information Technology and Information Security at Peirce College. He joined Peirce in 2006. During his time at Peirce, he has served as Chair of the Writing and Information Literacy Committee, Group Leader of the Teaching and Learning division of the Faculty Mentoring Group and Faculty Facilitator of the Information Technology Student Association and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter.  Dr. Coyle was also instrumental in developing and implementing a college-wide Writing Intensive Program for undergraduate students.

He was honored as a recipient of the Peirce College STAR Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and with the prestigious Hamilton Award for epitomizing academic excellence, dignity and service to the college community in 2016.

In addition to over 20 years of experience educating adult learners, Dr. Coyle has over 20 years of combined experience in the Information Technology and Information Security fields.

Before turning to education as a full-time occupation, he most recently worked as a Manager of Corporate Security and Regulatory Affairs for a Fortune 25 pharmaceutical distributor. In this capacity, he served as Principal Coordinator for that company's participation in the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS), which allows hospital, pharmacies and special care facilities to order controlled substances electronically through the use of secure, encrypted digital certificates and as Liaison to the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regarding the licensing of company distribution centers. Additionally, he managed adherence to corporate security mandates, as well as state and federal regulatory compliance, in assigned corporate wholesale pharmaceutical distribution centers throughout the United States and performed Security, Regulatory, HIPAA, OSHA and DOT audits in corporate distribution centers throughout the country.

Dr. Coyle's academic credits include a Master's degree in Information Security, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education.

Contact Patrick J. Coyle, Ph.D.:

    Peirce College's full-time Information Technology degree professors will teach you the theoretical and practical lessons needed for a successful career in Information Technology. Our on-campus and online IT degrees have two concentrations for students to choose from: Networking, Administration and Information Security or Programming and Application Development.

    Networking, Administration and Information Security

    Our Networking concentration faculty begin the program by teaching students about maintenance, upgrade and repair of PCs, and their exam objectives are related to CompTIA's A+ certification. In your other introductory courses, the professors will teach you networking fundamentals like data communications and implementation of transmission media, LANs and WANs, network interconnections, network management and protocols. They'll also help you to develop a basic understanding of network security concepts, data communication security, infrastructure security and cryptography.

    Later in the program, the faculty will give you a comprehensive overview of the features and functions of a Microsoft Windows Server-based network and teach courses around wireless network security, help desk and customer support, Linux administration and network routing, switching, security and defense. In your capstone course, the faculty will guide you through a case study that tasks you with designing and implementing a network and developing a security plan for it.

    Programming and Application Development

    Knowledgeable a talented coders are in demand right now, with no signs of that demand slowing down. Peirce's Programming and Application Development faculty will teach you how to code and nurture the abilities of those who already have a programming background. First, you'll learn application software and computer programming basics needed to meet modern organizations' technology needs.

    Next, our faculty equips students to determine the customer's needs and to design and implement systems-based solutions. They'll teach you application development in the .NET environment involving courses in ASP, SQL, XML and the component object model for application development. Peirce's Programming and Application Development degree faculty will also prepare you to become a well-rounded IT professional by exploring lessons in systems analysis tools such as Microsoft Project and Visio. Finally, they'll challenge you to build a working program or prototype to demonstrate practical programming skills and knowledge.

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