Computer & Network Technology

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

The Computer & Network Technology Associates degree offers students both theory and hands-on training in computer equipment servicing and networking. Computer skills development covers the hardware and software systems of current computer technology. Networking skills include switching, routing, server operating systems, directory services and much more. Many classes are built around specific industry certifications.

The program prepares graduates for immediate entry-level employment in any size company utilizing computer technology. Graduates adding industry certification such as A+, Network+, CCNA, etc. have an advantage. The program provides students with the foundation required to build a rewarding career in the continually expanding field of computer service and networking.


Faster than average growth is expected in the next few years. Growth in networking of microcomputer systems in companies of every size offers more employment opportunities for the graduate. The Microsoft certification should allow graduates to work in any size business. Opportunities are best for those who have both training and experience on a variety of systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Novell NetWare, and UNIX.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Computer Network Support Specialist in the state of Minnesota is $29.60 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 6.3%, a high-growth career.

  • Computer Sales and Service Reps
  • Computer Service Helpdesk
  • Computer Service Technician

Program Courses

View semester schedule by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CPTR 1110 Visual Basic Programming 3 credits
CPTR 1131 Microcomputer Maintenance 4 credits
CPTR 1136 Networking I 4 credits
CPTR 1138 Information Systems 2 credits
CPTR 1147 Networking II 4 credits
CPTR 1148 Micro Operating Systems 3 credits
CPTR 1171 Fund of Network Security 3 credits
CPTR 2214 Network Operating Sys 3 credits
CPTR 2226 Networking III 3 credits
CPTR 2227 Networking IV 3 credits
CPTR 2231 Unix/Linux 3 credits
CPTR 2252 Micro Systems Project 3 credits
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec 3 credits
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 6 credits

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
ACCT 1100 Prin of Bookkeeping 3 credits
ACCT 1124 Spreadsheet Concepts 3 credits
ADMS 1116 Business Communications 3 credits
BUSN 2210 Prin of Management 3 credits
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3 credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
CPTR 1106 Microcomputer Databases 3 credits
CPTR 1128 Help Desk Concepts 3 credits
CPTR 1500 Intro Web Concepts 3 credits
CPTR 2242 Java Programming 3 credits
CPTR 2294 Internship 3 credits
MKTG 2201 Prin of Sales 3 credits
MKTG 2205 Prin of Retailing 3 credits
MKTG 2306 Small Business Mgmt 3 credits

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