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IT-Network Specialist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101502

Overview

The Information Technology-Network Specialist program will prepare you to administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot data and voice networks.

You will gain a working knowledge of Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), and their interconnectivity to nodes, servers and other end user devices in an enterprise network. Additionally, you will learn hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, network design and implementing voice over IP (VoIP).

You will also learn how to manage:

  • Network Operating Systems (NOS) and client software
  • Network security measures
  • User accounts
  • Network event logs for problem resolution

Madison College's IT-Network Specialist program prepares you to test for:

  • Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate)
  • Cisco CCNA-Voice
  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+ certifications
  • CCNA Security

Program Details

Network Specialist is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree and a technical diploma. Both will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your own career path.

Students in MATC's IT-Network Specialist program can attend full or part time.

Network Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.

IT: Network Specialist


Admission

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester
Fourth Semester

 

Elective

3 credits

Recommended Electives

Elective must be associate degree (10-level) or college transfer (20-level) courses

Outcomes

After completing the IT-Network Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Configure, maintain, troubleshoot and secure routers, switches, firewalls, and virtual private networks.
  • Detect, analyze and defend against network and system penetration.
  • Maintain data, confidentiality and integrity through data and communication encryption.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot and secure devices in the network (workstations, servers).
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment.
  • Gather, interpret and analyze data in forensic security investigations.
  • Determine the role of security in a business.
  • Recognize ethical responsibilities.
Careers

Madison College's IT-Network Specialist graduates are ready for a range of professional entry-level positions in the field of Network Specialist including:

  • 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, a 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 Designer
  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Director of Networks