The Information Technology-Network Specialist Program is a two-year program that prepares qualified individuals to install, maintain, manage and enhance computer networks. Students are prepared with working knowledge of Local Area Networks (LANs), their application within Wide Area Networks (WANs) and their interconnectivity to nodes, servers and other end-user devices in the enterprise network.
Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, network design, and implementing voice over IP (VoIP). Students will learn managing Network Operating Systems (NOS) and client software, network security measures, user accounting, and monitoring network event logs for problem resolution.
Program outcomes state what a graduate needs to be able to do with the essential knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors acquired in a specific Madison College program. The program outcomes communicate expectations to students, as well as other academic institutions and potential employers. The identification and assessment of program outcomes support Madison College's efforts in documenting student learning and provide a context for the faculty's academic planning.
Admissions Requirements for All Applications Submitted for the Current Academic Year
You must meet Admissions Requirements (see below). To apply for the program, follow the admission procedures, including submitting the completed application, application/processing fees, and transcripts.
10-150-172 CCNA3&4: Switching and WAN Access must be completed within one (1) year of taking 10-150-170 CCNA1&2: Networking and Routing Basics.
We only transfer in equivalent college work if the grade is a C or better. (We do not transfer in C- graded course work).
Advanced Standing cannot exceed 50% of the required credits for the program.
The program prepares graduates to test for the following certifications:
Network Specialists will be involved in all facets of network installation and management. Typical duties might include creation of software programs or scripts that aid in network analysis such as diagnostics or monitoring utilities; familiarity with the Internet, web server management and its connectivity to LANs and WANs; responsibility for system and client software management, website integration and creation, network security measures, user accounting and monitoring network event logs for problem resolution.
Entry level positions can include:
With experience, networking specialist can find work as:
Upper Management positions can include: