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):

101502, IT Systems Administrator

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

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.
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Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

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

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

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