2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Network Administration

Degree

Certificate (Eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate or if combined with AS degree.)

Overview

This certificate is designed for someone with a solid foundation of IT and technology infrastructure and stretch them into a higher level of network management.  Students who complete this certificate will learn how to configure Routers and Switches and will have the information needed to pass the Cisco CCNA certification exams.

In addition to more advanced networking skills, this certificate will introduce network monitoring and network security through some intermediate cybersecurity courses.  Students will gain experience analyzing network traffic using common network analyzing tools and learning how cybersecurity plays a role in network administration.

Career Opportunities

This certificate prepares students for entry-level job in network administration roles.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how to install and configure key network devices.
  • Demonstrate multiple ways hackers break into network systems.
  • Demonstrate how to identify and correctly document a cyber-incident.
  • Prepare students to take industry certification exams.
  • Demonstrate proficiency through experiential learning and projects.

Course Requirements

Courses in this certificate presume some previous IT coursework or industry experience with networking and IT Fundamentals.  Industry certifications, or previous work experience, may waive pre-requisite requirements, but approval from the Department Chair would be necessary prior to enrollment.

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Certificate Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 130Intro to Windows Serv Admin

3 credits

IT 150Introduction to Networking

3 credits

IT 212Cybersecurity Fund

3 credits

IT 220Risk Analysis & Incident Resp

3 credits

IT 222Pen Testing and Detection

3 credits

IT 250Inter Networking (ICND 1)

3 credits

IT 252Adv Networking (ICND 2)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:21

Certificate Elective Courses

Complete 1 course, 3 credits
Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 230Inter Windows Server Admin

3 credits

IT 260Cloud+ Plus

3 credits

IT 270Advanced Linux w/LAMP

3 credits

IT 290Cybersecurity Lab

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 24

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Courses in this certificate presume some previous IT coursework or industry experience with networking and IT Fundamentals.  Industry certifications, or previous work experience, may waive pre-requisite requirements, but approval from the Department Chair would be necessary prior to enrollment.

Depending upon the number of preparatory courses a student must take, an additional semester may be required to complete the program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 130Intro to Windows Serv Admin

3 credits

IT 150Introduction to Networking

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 212Cybersecurity Fund

3 credits

IT 250Inter Networking (ICND 1)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
IT 220Risk Analysis & Incident Resp

3 credits

IT 222Pen Testing and Detection

3 credits

IT 252Adv Networking (ICND 2)

3 credits

Elective Program Elective

3 Credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 24

Graduation Requirements

  1. Minimum of 24 total semester credit hours as outlined
  2. Grade of C or higher in all core courses
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher

The following certifications can be obtained at the completion of the corresponding course (assuming final exam scores meet the established requirements).

  • Switching Pro: TestOut’s certification of proficiency in Cisco Switch Technology (similar to ICND1)
  • Routing Pro: TestOut’s certification of proficiency in Cisco Routing Technology (similar to ICND2)

Students who successfully complete this certificate will have the knowledge to sit for the following industry exams after completing these courses.  These exams are not required to pass the course and there is an additional charge to sit for the exam.

  • CCNA: Cisco’s certification of proficiency in Cisco network device management