Nov 18, 2019  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Network Technology

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Certificate Programs

Program Design

The Computer Network Technology Certificate Degree program provides students with both a broad and in-depth background in computer networking concepts and technologies. It covers the fundamentals of computer network theory as well as practical network connectivity device configuration, administration of networked client-server computer operating systems, computer hardware design and maintenance and computer programming.

Students will have hands-on access to HP and CISCO networking equipment. Advanced high-end computer labs allow each student to build individual VMware based virtual networks comprised of large scale client-server configurations.

The Computer Network Technology Certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions in the computer networking and system administration professions.

Students who complete the Computer Network Technology Certificate program and then decide to pursue an Associate in Science degree may apply all of their certificate credits towards the Computer Network Technology A.S. degree program.


The Computer Network Technology Certificate is a part-time two-year program (students may take longer if they wish) and may be completed with all night-time classes. While there is no required sequence for most courses in the program, the following four courses have prerequisites which require them to be taken in the following order. Furthermore, three of the four courses are only offered once a year in either the fall or spring semester.

1st Semester (FA & SP)        CST*131 Networking Theory & Application
2nd Semester (SP)                 CST*237 SysAdmin I - Client/Server
3rd Semester (FA)                  CST*238 SysAdmin II - Client/Server
4th Semester (SP)                  CST*132 Networking Infrastructure

Note that this certificate contains a Computer Hardware course for which the prerequisites are Physics and Precalculus.

Students should consult with a computer science/networking faculty advisor (Richard Gnall) to plan their program and schedule of classes, and to discuss required course prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Computer Network Technology degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Differentiate and understand the role and function of various current and emerging technologies, including, but not limited to computer networking, system administration, computer hardware, programming and related Internet technologies.
  2. Implement basic switching and routing technologies used in computer networks.
  3. Demonstrate and implement advanced networking infrastructure concepts.
  4. Demonstrate skill in the installation, configuration, maintenance, upgrading and troubleshooting of computer operating systems at both the workstation and server levels in both stand-alone and networked environments.
  5. Describe basic computer organization and the relationship between hardware components and the operating system.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand a problem and develop logically structured solutions through the use of a modern programming language such as Python, Java, C++ or C#.

Total Credits Required: 22

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Certificate Programs