Networking Specialist

Academic Certificate

Overview

The Networking Specialist Certificate provides the core sequence of courses needed to prepare for the installation, configuration, maintenance, and administration of a network infrastructure. The student will work with active directory services. The sequence of courses provides a foundation for students seeking certification through industry-standard examinations.

Students must earn a cumulative grade of “C” or better in all courses offered within the Information Systems Department Technology to be eligible for graduation.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-200 Cisco LAN Concepts

Cisco LAN Concepts

ID: IST-200

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of small local area networks - home and small office/home offices (SOHO) networks. Topics include an introduction to networking, basic cabling for SOHO, LAN addressing and network services, basic security and wireless, planning and building a home network.

3
CPT-285 PC Hardware Concepts

PC Hardware Concepts

ID: CPT-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on installing and upgrading microcomputer hardware and identifying malfunctions.

3
IST-164 Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

ID: IST-164

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the fundamentals of installing, configuring and utilizing windows networking services while exploring techniques used to design, create and implement secure communications across the networks, which may consist of multiple vendors. Emphasis is also provided on support of remote users and central management concepts.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-227 Internet Operations and Management

Internet Operations and Management

ID: IST-227

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the duties/responsibilities of an internet webmaster, appropriate hardware, software & telecommunications technology, designing, implementing & maintaining a web site, and utilizing security mechanisms. Also covered is installing, configuring and testing TCP/IP. Topics include Subnet addressing; implementing IP routing; dynamic host configuration protocol; IP address resolution; NetBIOS name resolution; Windows Internet Name Service; connectivity; in heterogeneous environments; implementing Microsoft SNMP service; performance optimization and troubleshooting.

3
IST-165 Implementing & Admini Directory Services

Implementing & Admini Directory Services

ID: IST-165

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of directory services covering the planning, design, installation, configuration and administration of a network directory structure.

3
IST-193 Linux Security Administration

Linux Security Administration

ID: IST-193

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the skills necessary to implement and administer basic LINUX security policies, including authentication, securing network applications, system monitoring, encryption, and others.

3
  Total Credit Hours 18
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$3,384.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
IST-200 Cisco LAN Concepts

Cisco LAN Concepts

ID: IST-200

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of small local area networks - home and small office/home offices (SOHO) networks. Topics include an introduction to networking, basic cabling for SOHO, LAN addressing and network services, basic security and wireless, planning and building a home network.

3
CPT-285 PC Hardware Concepts

PC Hardware Concepts

ID: CPT-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on installing and upgrading microcomputer hardware and identifying malfunctions.

3
Semester 2
(3 Credit Hours)
IST-164 Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

ID: IST-164

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the fundamentals of installing, configuring and utilizing windows networking services while exploring techniques used to design, create and implement secure communications across the networks, which may consist of multiple vendors. Emphasis is also provided on support of remote users and central management concepts.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
IST-227 Internet Operations and Management

Internet Operations and Management

ID: IST-227

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the duties/responsibilities of an internet webmaster, appropriate hardware, software & telecommunications technology, designing, implementing & maintaining a web site, and utilizing security mechanisms. Also covered is installing, configuring and testing TCP/IP. Topics include Subnet addressing; implementing IP routing; dynamic host configuration protocol; IP address resolution; NetBIOS name resolution; Windows Internet Name Service; connectivity; in heterogeneous environments; implementing Microsoft SNMP service; performance optimization and troubleshooting.

3
IST-165 Implementing & Admini Directory Services

Implementing & Admini Directory Services

ID: IST-165

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of directory services covering the planning, design, installation, configuration and administration of a network directory structure.

3
Semester 4
(3 Credit Hours)
IST-193 Linux Security Administration

Linux Security Administration

ID: IST-193

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the skills necessary to implement and administer basic LINUX security policies, including authentication, securing network applications, system monitoring, encryption, and others.

3
  Total Credit Hours 18
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$3,384.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Network Specialist

In addition to installing routers, switches, firewalls, and network-related software programs, network specialists set up, support, and maintain local area networks, wide area networks, and other networking systems.

Projected Job Growth

+2.7%

Average Annual Salary

$55,550
According to EMSI data as of 2022

Where Can I Work?

  • Information Technology (IT) Departments
  • Large Corporations
  • Small Businesses
  • Government Agencies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the Workforce

The Networking Specialist Certificate prepares graduates for the installation, configuration, maintenance, and administration of a network infrastructure.

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Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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