Back-End Web Development Certificate

Back-End Web Development

Course Description

This six-month course will walk you through back-end web application development using Node.js and MongoDB. JavaScript will be used throughout the course to teach how to create APIs. Discussions will also hit on how front-end web applications will utilize APIs in production scenarios.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to create a web API from scratch and deploy it to a cloud-based hosting provider. You will understand web architecture, including databases, and how web or mobile applications will interact with that API. You will also understand the role that developers play on an overall product team to prepare you for a transition into a work environment.

Online Prerequisite

mid-December 2017

Certificate Program Begins

February 5, 2018

Courses will be held:
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Every other Saturday
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Arkansas residents

Out-of-state residents

Introductory price per state-funded certificate 
Cost does not include textbook


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  • The Modern Web
    • How the pieces work together
  • The Tools
    • IDE / text editor
    • Command line
    • Source control
  • Programming fundamentals
    • Variables / Loops / Functions
    • JavaScript syntax
    • Unit testing
  • Practicing the language
  • Why web services?
    • Web applications
    • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
  • Web architecture
    • HTTP protocol
  • Manual testing web services (Postman, curl, etc)
  • Node.js
  • NPM
  • Express.js
    • Overview of middleware
    • ModelViewController pattern (MVC)
  • Databases
    • Relational vs. Non-relational
    • Comparison of databases
    • MongoDB
    • Mongoose
  • Security
    • Overview
    • SSL
  • DevOps
    • Cloud deployment
    • Continuous integration
  • Additional Development Concepts
    • Test-driven development
    • Logging / Diagnostics
  • Team Dynamics
    • Product teams
    • Agile and Scrum
    • Team communication

Brenna Blackwell

Mobile Developer

Brenna Blackwell is a mobile developer at RevUnit, a software development shop focusing on innovative mobile and web solutions. She got her start in mobile development while she was an engineering student at the University of Arkansas, where she wrote native iOS apps for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. She was able to continue improving those skills upon joining RevUnit's development team after her graduation in 2014. Since starting at RevUnit, she has expanded her role to include back-end web development using Hapi and Node.js as well as cross-platform mobile development using frameworks such as Ionic. She looks forward to continuing to diversify her tech abilities by working on clients' most challenging problems.

Blake Johnston


Blake spent 10 years as a data analyst and architect before teaching himself to program and changing careers to follow his passion for development. He now works as a developer for the digital agency RevUnit in Bentonville and spends a lot of his spare time working to make the NWA developer community more awesome-r. His favorite language is JavaScript, and he’s excited about helping you start your career as a developer.

In his spare time, Blake likes to read, play board games and spend time with his family.