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Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science

Network Administrator (2145)

If you want to join a dynamic technology team as a microcomputer technician or desktop support specialist, the Networking Administrator program is a great way to start. This program is for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support work involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It requires both hands-on skills and knowledge of theory and concepts. Because network technology is constantly changing and evolving, learning in this field never ends. The emphasis of the program is on teaching students a broad base of skills and knowledge in network and system administration while also allowing the flexibility for students to pursue individual interests and specialties. With the ever-changing demands of the technology job market, this broad background and flexibility increases career opportunities available to graduates.

You’ll learn the basic skills and knowledge required to administer networks in Microsoft, Linux and Cisco environments. The program can be a stepping stone to industry-recognized certifications including the CompTIA A+ Microcomputer Technician and Network+ Network Technician, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and various Linux certifications. You may take advantage of credit-by-certification which allows you to skip courses and receive credit for equivalent certifications already attained. Once you have completed the core requirements of the program, you are free to choose your remaining classes from a vast array of technology offerings at Florida Community College.

Technical certificates are included as options within this degree program. Students may choose to pursue an A.S. or A.A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Salary: Median annual earnings of network and computer systems administrators were $54,810 in 2002.

Certification and Licensing
After completing the program, students can pursue industry-recognized certifications such as CompTIA's A+ Micromcomputer Technician and Network+ Network Technician certifications, Microsoft's Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification, Cisco's Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, and various Linux certifications.


General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
*Mathematics (3)
*Humanities (3)
*Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
*Communication - Category B (3)

Credit hours: 15

Professional Courses
CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts (3)
  or CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications (3)
CGS 1071 Network Technician Foundations (3)
CGS 1824 Internet Foundations (3)
CDA 1302 Hardware Configuration (3)
CDA 1403 Software Configuration (3)
CEN 1527 Network Configuration (3)
  or **CET 2600 Cisco I and CET 2610 Cisco II
CEN 1528 Internetwork Configuration (3)
  or **CET 2615 Cisco III and CET 2620 Cisco IV
CEN 1300 Microsoft Desktop Administration (3)
CEN 1304 Microsoft Server Administration (3)
COP 2341 Linux Workstation Administration (3)
COP 2347 Linux Server Administration (3)
CEN 2305 Microsoft Network Administration (3)
CEN 1943 Internship (3)

Credit hours: 39

Professional Electives
CDA, CEN, CET, CGS, CIS or COP prefix courses

Credit hours: 9

Total Credit Hours: 63

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.
**If Cisco Academy courses 1-4 are taken, CET 2610 and CET 2620 will be substituted for the CEN 1527 and CENT 1528 requirements. CET 2600 and CET 2615 will be applied toward the professional electives requirement.

You have two options in this program: the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.

Estimated cost of tuition is $3,800 (for Florida residents, as of 7/04)


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