Cisco Network Specialist
Offered at the Following Campuses
The purpose of the Cisco Network Specialist TCC program is to prepare students for careers in networking using a sequence of specific courses. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes preparation for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Students are introduced to such topics as the OSI model, router configuration, multiple protocols, Local Area Networks (LAN), Switching, WANS, and internetworking as a whole. Program completers receive a Cisco Network Specialist certificate.
The standard curriculum for the Cisco Network Specialist certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program during any semester when CIST 2441 is offered. The Cisco Network Specialist certificate program can be completed within 4 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 credit hours.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
(Prerequisites: Program Admission) This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging network technology. Topics include basic network concepts, basic network device configuration, network protocols and models, network access, Ethernet and access control, end to end communications, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting, fundamental application services, security, and network performance.
(Prerequisites: CIST 2451) This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Topics include switched networks, routing concepts, routing in a switched network, static and dynamic routing, Single-Area OSPF, Access Control Lists, and IP Services (DHCP and NAT).
(Prerequisites: None) This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. Students will configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also learn how to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.
(Prerequisites: None) This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. Topics include introduction to WANs, private WAN technologies and protocols, Network Address Translation (NAT), public WAN technologies and protocols, network monitoring, and network troubleshooting.