Cisco Network Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The purpose of the Cisco Network Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit (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 four (4) semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 credit hours. 


Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $2,828
  • Books/Supplies: $838
Curriculum Outline (12 hours)
Occupational Courses (12 hours) 12
CIST 2451

(Prerequisites: Program Admission) This course introduces the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications, and data through the internet and across modern computer networks - including IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals. By the end of the course, students can build simple local area networks (LANs) that integrate IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, and perform basic configurations for routers and switches.

CIST 2452

(Prerequisites: None) (Corequisites: CIST 2451) This course focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLANs) and security concepts. Students learn key switching and routing concepts. They can perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN.

CIST 2453

(Prerequisites: None) (Corequisites: CIST 2452) This course describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. Major topics are wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access. The course also introduces software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Students gain skills to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks and learn to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats. They are introduced to network management tools and learn key concepts of software-defined networking, including controller-based architectures and how application programming interfaces (APIs) enable network automation.


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