Networking I - Certificate of Proficiency


Program Description

Coursework begins with an introduction to networking, client/server operating systems and computer hardware.  A steady progression follows to more advanced subject matter in these areas.  

The Computer Network Administration Program is designed for persons interested in operating, maintaining and troubleshooting computer networks. The program prepares students for positions in network technical support. Duties may include hardware/software support, troubleshooting and maintaining network infrastructure systems. This program helps to prepare the student for the A+, N+, Security+, CCNA and Microsoft MCSA certifications.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities can be found in both public and private sectors. Students who earn their AAS degree will be exposed to current tools and techniques for implementing solutions for customers in network environments. The continuing advancement of technology creates a demand for skilled technicians who can provide immediate support in these areas. Typical job titles include Network Administrator and Network Technician.  See Information Technology » Computer Network Administration for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Computer Network Administration Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, think critically, formulate, and present accurate solutions to the assigned projects
  • Able to use a variety of effective communication tools and skills to support conclusions, project solutions and technical documentation
  • Apply knowledge related academic skills, applied mathematics and industry software platforms to resolve technical engineering / drafting problems
  • Commit to the quality of results in assigned projects and professional and ethical responsibility related to their professional discipline
  • Actively engage on diverse, multi-disciplinary teams

In addition, students who complete the program will demonstrate the following skills standards specific to Computer Network Administration:

  • Install, configure and maintain client/server networks
  • Implement security in network environments
  • Effectively troubleshoot hardware and software in network environments

ATTENTION:  After completing initial enrollment counseling at South Puget Sound Community College it is important to contact a program advisor as soon as possible.  (See Advisors information)

Additional Program Information


Educational Plan

Networking I

Certificate of Proficiency
31 credits

CNA100 Introduction to Networking 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces foundational concepts designed to prepare the student for more advanced networking concepts. Students will be introduced to terms and technologies commonly seen in a computer network. Prerequisite: Eligible for MATH 090 and ENGL 090.
CNA101 Cisco I 5 Credits Search Schedule
The first of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation. Introduces Cisco Networking Academy Program students to entry-level concepts in the networking field. Prerequisite: CNA 100 or instructor's permission.
CNA112 PC Workstation Technical Support 5 Credits Search Schedule
Provides instruction on complete tear down and reassembly of PC Workstations including software configuration and troubleshooting of common hardware installation issues. Prerequisite: Eligible for MATH 090 and ENGL 090.
CNA113 PC Operating Systems 3 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces PC operating systems with an emphasis on support user software, operating systems, basic networking concepts, troubleshooting, and diagnostics. Prerequisite: Eligible for MATH 090 and ENGL 090.
CNA120 Command Line Interface 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduces the use of the Windows command line and PowerShell interfaces to manage and manipulate Windows Operating systems. Prerequisite: Eligible for MATH 090 and ENGL 090.
CNA122 Microsoft Server 5 Credits Search Schedule
A technical introduction to the Microsoft Windows server operating system and Microsoft Client-Server networks. Includes implementation of a core Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment by installing and configuring Active Directory, networking and other core services. Prerequisite: CNA 120 or instructor's permission.
CNA125 IT Soft Skills 3 Credits Search Schedule
Emphasizes User Centered Design and introduces human behavior utilizing the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance) assessment model as it relates to the information technology environment. Prerequisite: None.


Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017