IT System Administrators are technology professionals who are responsible for network infrastructure, software and desktop deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting. IT System Administrators' opportunities for employment can range from network support specialists to network administrators to business technology consultants. Responsibilities can include network and user administration, network infrastructure configuration and support, and security design - all focused on developing and maintaining an active network for optimal performance. Graduates of this associate degree are also prepared to pursue mainstream vendor certifications.
A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
Network Support Specialist: designs and configures networks, installs hardware and software components, and maintains network performance.
Network Administrator: develops security procedures, assigns access rights, installs application software, and configures user profiles.
Successful completion of the coursework in this program will also prepare a student to pursue vendor certification as a Network Engineer.
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.
PC Support Specialist
Help Desk Technician
IS Certifications, such as MSCE, A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, VCP-DCV, and CCNA
Microsoft Network Administrator
Network Certifications such as CCENT, CCNA, Linux+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, VMware Certified Professional, EMC2
Requirements for Program Entry
High school transcript or equivalent.
One year of high school algebra completed.
User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
Ability to interact with a computer system (keyboarding or assist device).
To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher or a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the IT Systems Administrator Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.
IT:Network: Cisco 1
IT:Network: Network Essentials
Intro to IT1
Math & Logic
English Composition 1
IT:Network: Cisco 2
IT:Network: Microsoft Server 1
Intro to PowerShell
Intro to Psychology
Intro to Diversity Studies
IT:Network: Cisco 3
IT:Network: Virtualization 1
IT:Network: Microsoft Server 2
IT:Network: Cisco 4
IT:Network: Virtualization 2
IT:Network: Microsoft Server 3
IT:Network: Security Fundamentals
IT:Network: Career Experience
Implement computer networks;
Implement client systems;
Implement server operating systems;
Implement network security components;
Develop technical documentation;
Troubleshoot network systems.