This program prepares students to obtain and succeed in well-paying jobs in one of the fastest growing fields in the world. Students complete hands-on training in the design and configuration of complex computer networks, VoIP installations, Windows Servers, and network security. NHTI’s networking lab has 100+ Cisco routers and switches dedicated for student use.

Mindfulness and communication training creates opportunities for growth and leadership, flexibility, adaptability, and the confidence to handle challenges. At NHTI, learning about emotional intelligence, patience, and nonverbal communication cues are key parts of the IT curriculum. Employers expect new engineers and IT professionals to be good communicators and collaborators to help them be more effective on teams and in project work.


Curriculum Abbreviations
  • 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

First Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
COMM 120C/ ENGL 120C Communication: Mindful 3 0 3
IST 103C Programming with Raspberry Pi1 2 2 3
IST 106C IT Career Topics1 1 0 1
IST 104C PC/Mobile Hardware and Networking1 2 2 3
PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology or
SOCI 105C Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
ENGL 101MC English Composition: Mindful 4 0 4
IST 154C Introduction to Networks1 2 2 3
IST 109C PC OS Security and Cloud Fundamentals1 2 2 3
IST 170C Introduction to Linux1 2 2 3
MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning or higher-level math course 4 0 4
1Indicates major field courses2Science electives only BIOL 115, BIOL 120, BIOL 159, CHEM 115, CHEM 120, ENVS 101, GEOL 101

Second Year

Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
ENGL 102MC Introduction to Literature: Mindful 3 0 3
IST 254C Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials1 2 2 3
IST 180C Cloud Services and Windows Server1 2 2 3
IST 290C IT Career Development1 2 0 2
IST 291C IT Internship Search and Approval1 0 2 1
IST xxxC IT elective1 2 2 3
Spring Semester
COMM 294MC/ ENGL 294MC Communicating Mindfully Capstone 1 0 1
IST xxxC IT elective1 2 2 3
IST 256C Enterprise, Networking, Security, and Automation1 2 2 3
IST 265C Information Security1 2 2 3
IST 294C Senior IT Internship1 0 8 2
XX xxxC Science elective2 3 2 4
Total Credits 61

Graduates are able to:

  • Demonstrate sophisticated applications of computer technology on a professional level
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills needed to obtain and sustain a career in information technology
  • Identify and resolve technical problems using research techniques and troubleshooting
  • Create, install, and manage networks while adhering to industry standards
  • Implement solutions that provide common business functions in a secure environment
  • Evaluate best practices to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer systems


Managers value the high level of technical knowledge that NHTI’s IT interns bring to their companies and place special emphasis on the communications and problem-solving skills they have developed. Many internships lead to full-time entry-level IT positions and provide a solid foundation for future success. Graduates can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list):

  • IT help desk technician
  • Entry-level network technician
  • Network technician
  • Network administrator

IT students are prepared to test for nationally recognized IT certification exams such as:

  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • CompTIA Security + Certification
  • Microsoft Technology Associate

NHTI is an authorized academy for Cisco, CompTIA, and Microsoft. All classes are taught by industry-certified


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 their education, provides experience, and
introduces them to the IT business environment.


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