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.
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.
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
A Network I Certificate of Proficiency will be awarded upon successful completion of all required courses listed in the certificate section of this guide.
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
Computer Network Administration
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Shared between our Certificate and Degree
Network I Certificate of Proficiency
General Education Requirements
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
Distribution: AAS, AAS-COMPUTATION
Human Relations 3-5 credits
(must satisfy diversity requirement)
Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised May 15, 2017