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Cisco Networking

Upon completion of this certificate the student will be able to take the Cisco CCNA and CompTIA Network+ certification exams offered though a VUE or Prometric testing center.

Cisco CertifiedThis program prepares students to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification and also the CompTIA Network+ certification. The course work includes Cisco semesters 1 - 4. Skill development covers LAN/WAN networking technology and concepts, networking math, networking media, router configuration, switching, VLANS, routing protocols and WAN links and services. Prior experience with computer hardware, binary math, and basic electronics is desired but not required. Background in cabling is beneficial. Upon completion of this certificate the student will be able to take the Cisco CCNA and CompTIA Network+ certification exams offered though a VUE or Prometric testing center.


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Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
CPTR 1136 Networking I 4 credits
CPTR 1137 Networking II 4 credits
CPTR 2216 Networking III 3 credits
CPTR 2217 Networking IV 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 14 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes


  1. Student will demonstrate an understanding of essential network communication protocols.

  2. Students will properly design, illustrate and build computer networks.

  3. Students will configure and maintain routers and switches.

  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of network topologies and the use of hardware and test equipment in a variety of computer networking situations.

  5. Students will use networking terminology expected with the computer industry.

  6. Students will employ trouble-shooting, critical thinking and problem-solving skills properly to a variety of networking situations.

  7. Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communications with all clients and customers with respect for diversity of culture, age and gender.

  8. Students will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected of the computer industry.

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The employment outlook for computer network support specialists in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 9.8%, an average growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Don Campbell
  • Computer & Network Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2571
  • Donald Fischer
  • Computer & Network Technology Instructor
  • (218) 793-2580