Overview

The Information Technology – Networking Degree prepares you to start or advance your IT career or to transfer seamlessly to a 4-year college. If you enjoy working with computers, earning an IT degree will help you turn that interest into a professional career. Alumni who specialized in Networking are employed in a wide range of jobs such as configuring and repairing PCs, providing technical support, or designing and administering networks.

Students take the following Cisco Networking courses:

  • Introduction to Networks
  • Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials
  • Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation.

These courses prepare you to sit for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. This industry certification is recognized around the world and employers seek out people who hold this certification for networking positions.

Through team projects, a required internship, and capstone activities, students find junior or entry-level positions such as:

  • Network Administrator
  • Applications Development Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Designer
  • Web Programmer
  • System Administrator
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Computer Support Consultant
  • Help Desk Analyst
  • Systems Analyst

Some graduates continue their formal education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree at another college. Others begin or continue their professional careers directly.

Earn your Industry recognized Certifications

Completing the Networking degree prepares you for the following certifications:

  •  CompTIA A+
  •  CompTIA Security +
  •  Cisco CCNA
  •  Red Hat Linux Certification

And more!

 

Information Technology – Networking Degree

FIRST YEAR

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
 ENGL 120MCCommunication: Mindful303
#IST 103CProgramming with Raspberry Pi223
#IST 106CIT Career Topics101
#IST 108CPersonal Computer Hardware and Software223
 PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology or
 SOCI 105CIntroduction to Sociology303
 13
Spring Semester
 ENGL 101MCEnglish Composition: Mindful404
#IST 151CIntroduction to Networks223
#IST 170CIntroduction to Linux223
 MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher level math course404
 XX xxxCScience Elective*324
 18

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
 ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
#IST 153CRouting and Switching Essentials223
#IST 280CWindows Server Operating Systems223
#IST 293CIT Career Development122
#IST xxxCInformation Technology Elective223
 14
Spring Semester
 ENGL 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
#IST 251CScaling Networks223
#IST 253CConnecting Networks223
#IST 263CNetwork Security223
#IST 294CSenior IT Internship082
 IST xxxCInformation Technology Elective223
 15
TOTAL CREDITS60
CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. Computer keyboarding skills are assumed.

Senior Internship

All students are required to complete a senior internship in the area of their concentration and career goals. The internship provides real-life experience applying skills learned in the classroom. Employers work closely with the students and professors to ensure an environment that enhances each student’s education, provides experience and introduces the student to the IT business environment.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid