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Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Cisco Networking Certificate at Northland.

This program prepares students to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification and also the CompTIA Network+ certification. The coursework 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 through a VUE or Prometric testing center.

Program Accreditation

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

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 troubleshooting, 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.

Additional Program Resources

  • 2011-14 Cisco Network – Certificate
  • 2010-11 Cisco Network – Certificate