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Cisco System Administrator Technical Diploma

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Program Code: 301506

Become a Cisco systems administrator and utilize your analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills. This technical diploma covers CCNA routing and switching curriculum provided by Cisco's Networking Academy. You'll prepare for entry-level career opportunities such as network specialists, network administrators, and network support engineers. You'll also prepare for globally recognized Cisco certifications. With this technical diploma under your belt, your ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks is validated.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Employment Potential

Computer Network Support Specialist

  • Network Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Network Certifications such as CCENT and CCNA
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
  • One year of high school algebra completed.
  • User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
  • Ability to use computer keyboard and mouse.
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Cisco System Administrator Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
10
Second Semester
Semester Total
3
Third Semester
Semester Total
2
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
2
Total Credits
17

Program Outcomes

  • Use IP addressing with VLSM; static routes
  • Layer 2 & 3 switching, switch configuration, management and security
  • Perform basic routing and packet-forwarding concepts
  • Configure and manage VLANs, trunking, inter-VLAN routing, access control lists
  • Configure and troubleshoot dynamic routing protocols
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Industry Credentials

Graduates of this program may work toward the following industry certifications:

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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