The Cisco Networking Administration program at PCTI prepares students for a career in computer, network, troubleshooting, and security. Through our comprehensive course of study, students receive both conceptual and hands-on instruction that allows them to understand the foundational aspects network administration. Specific instruction includes LAN/WAN system design, TCP/IP configuration and installation, server configuration, general configuration, administration and troubleshooting, and security. Students will learn through both classroom instruction and moderate amounts of laboratory experience.
Occupations: Network Technician, Support Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Security Administrator, Network Analyst, Systems Analyst, Application Analyst, Network Security Analyst
Prerequisites: High School Diploma, or GED, or equivalent of a high school diploma from a home school.
Total Credit Hours: 48 (45 Weeks)
- Introduction to Computing
This course provides a substantive overview of computer systems including but not limited to computer hardware, operating systems, and software. Software topics include the Internet, word processors, spreadsheets, and access databases. Current issues such as the effect of computers on society, the history and use of computers in business, educational, and other modern settings are also studied.
- Fundamentals of Networking Technologies
This course introduces the foundational technologies of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the internet. Additionally, the course covers networking media, transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP). As this program prepares students for their CCNA Certification (Cisco Certified Network Associate), this class will introduce a moderate amount of Routing and Switching and network configuration and troubleshooting.
- Foundations of Routing & Switching I
This course introduces router configuration, router architecture, router components, and operation in Local Area Networks and Wide Area Networks. Students will learn how to configure routers and switches for moderate to enterprise functionality. Additionally, students will conduct maintenance and troubleshooting and learn routing protocols for use in traffic management.
- Foundations of Routing & Switching II
Foundations of Routing and Switching II builds on the concepts learned in throughout CS301. Specifically this course specifically focuses on the Scaling and Connecting networks. As a foundational piece of the CCNA certification, this course will describe the architectural components of routers and switches in larger more complex networks. Students will learn the various WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in these networks.
- Network Operating Systems
This course provides a broad range of operating system concepts, including installation and maintenance. Specifically, learning emphasis will be on the Linux/Unix and Windows Operating Systems. Students will learn basic to moderate administration, access permissions, security, and maintenance. Topics include basic managing and maintaining physical and logical devices, access to resources, and the server environment.
- Fundamentals of Network Security
The Fundamentals of Network Security course provides a comprehensive overview of the network security protocols required for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. Students will develop an in-depth, theoretical understanding of network security principles, in addition to some of the available enterprise tools and configuration.
- Cisco Certified Network Associate “Routing and Switching” Certification Prep
This course provides an in depth review of the concepts learned throughout the course of the program as a means of preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certification. The class specifically focuses on the exact topics and training provided by Cisco, further validating student’s capabilities to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium to enterprise size routed and switched networks. Sub courses included in this class are Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 Part 2 (provided by Cisco).
Survey course that allows students to choose an area of interest to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. Students may either take part in an internship or complete a project that must be approved by the instructor. The practicum cannot be completed until the student has passed 1 of the required certification exams for this program. ( CCNA Routing & Switching )
- Career Counseling
The objective of this course is to assist students in making career choices. This course focuses on self-assessment in terms of educational and career opportunities and reasonable possibilities in the world of work. It includes assessment for personal/career interests, values, needs, attitudes, skills, and other potential, and exploration of occupational information to establish career and educational goals. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to make sound career choices.