Network Support Associate’s Degree


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Program Description

The Essential Link to any Business

As businesses become increasingly dependent on technological advances each year, the need for well-trained IT professionals also continues to increase. Your associate's degree in network support can help prepare you for a successful entry-level career in information technology.

Our industry-certified instructors are dedicated to helping you succeed both in the classroom and in your career. They work one-on-one with you to develop your creative problem-solving skills and focus on today's industry-recognized certifications so you are prepared to hit the ground running in your career.

In this program you will gain both the skills and hands-on experience needed to sit for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ (troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems)
  • CompTIA Network+ (building, managing, and protecting data networks)
  • CompTIA Security + (foundational cybersecurity certification)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate – MCSA (designing and building technology solutions)

In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing a bachelor's degree in network administration this associate's degree program is designed to give you the skills and techniques needed for employment as an IT support specialist, network specialist/support, or help desk technician.

Your Learning Experience

Coursework in this program has been designed around key IT certifications that help you develop relevant problem-solving skills with a strong foundation in computer operating systems, computer hardware, networking, client-server operations, and Microsoft Windows Server 2012, along with completion of a capstone project.

  • Develop the knowledge and practical skills you need to successfully navigate complex networks and troubleshoot issues.
  • Learn to administer and support network systems virtualized in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and cloud computing technologies.
  • Gain skills in computer hardware, software and Local Area and Wide Area Networking, basic and advanced server configuration, server management and security.

Students may also enter into the progressive education path at different points; meaning a student may have earned a diploma or an associate's degree at another institution and may transfer to ANU to continue in a growing number of fields at the bachelor's and graduate levels - in high-demand areas such as network support, information technology and business management.

Why American National University?

  • Convenience and flexibility – With day and evening classes¹ you have the flexibility to work as you earn your degree.
  • Personal attention – You’re not just a face in a crowd, our small class sizes allow for personal attention from instructors.
  • Career professionals as instructors – With current and relevant curricula, you will learn from instructors with real-world field experience who will guide and mentor you.
  • Career services – Our career services team starts to help you before you graduate with your resume, cover letters, interviewing techniques and how to search for great career opportunities.
  • Alumni benefits – Our support doesn’t end at graduation, as an alumnus you will have access to our career services and refresher² courses available throughout your career.

¹While widely available, not all courses are available at all class times or offered every term. Check with a University Student Services representative.

²Refresher training is tuition-free for qualified students. Additional costs such as lab fees, books and supplies are the responsibilities of the student. Retraining is limited to the program from which the student graduated and is subject to space available.

Last updated Mar 2019

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In 1886, a group of visionary educators and business leaders saw the need for a higher education institution focused on career-based training to meet workforce needs in the southeastern United States. ... Read More

In 1886, a group of visionary educators and business leaders saw the need for a higher education institution focused on career-based training to meet workforce needs in the southeastern United States. Together they founded what is now known as American National University with the intent of training workers in business, banking, accounting, administration, and other skilled professions. Read less
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