IT-Network Specialist

Program Number: 10-150-2

  • Two-year Associate Degree program
  • Information Technology Program Cluster
  • Center for Agriscience and Technologies
  • Program offered at the following campuses:
    • Truax, Madison
  • For information call: (608) 246-6800 or 1-800-322-6282 ext 6800
  • Cohort Curriculum Sheets:

About the Program


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.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (HSED or GED)
    • HSED/GED scores must have a total of 230 (2300) with each area at least a score of 40 (400)
  • GPA of 2.0
    • Minimum of 1.50 GPA on a probationary status
    • College GPA is also considered
    • If high school GPA is lower than 2.00, but college (miminum of 12 credits) is higher, student is eligible for admittance
    • If person has been denied, for either the high school or college GPA being lower than 1.50, establishing a "new" GPA with 12 credits of 2.00 or higher will allow admittance in a subsequent semester
  • Recommended minimum working computer knowledge of Windows

Definitions and Guidelines

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:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco CCNA-Voice
  • Two Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) exams
  • Microsoft� Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista Configuration and Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure



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:

  • Cable Installer–Voice/Data
  • Network Control Operator
  • Network Support Technician
  • Network Support Services
  • Network Technician
  • Network Specialist
  • Network Professional
  • Networking Services
  • Assistant LAN Manager
  • Assistant LAN Administrator
  • Assistant Network Administrator

With experience, networking specialist can find work as:

  • LAN Manager
  • LAN Administrator
  • Network Support Services Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Web Designer

Upper Management positions can include:

  • Networking Manager
  • Manager of Voice/Data Networks
  • Intranet (sic) Designer
  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Director of Networks




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