Computer Network Administration A.A.S. Degree

Computer Network Administration A.A.S. Degree

Career Description

IT networking professionals work together to design and improve existing network communication between systems and support end-user technologies increase productivity in any business environment. They lead the way through planning and development of new systems using knowledge of hardware, software, and best networking and security practices. Networking professionals are not “one size fits all,” especially when it comes to business. Different companies have different needs. IT networking professionals use skills from multiple areas to plan, design, implement, secure, or troubleshoot endpoint communication, cloud-based or server-based systems on a networking level. This program will prepare students for a wide range of careers in the IT field.

Program Information

The CLC Network Administration A.A.S. degree is designed to train students with the skills and character needed to be a successful IT networking professional in today’s job market. The program includes a variety of IT concepts and methods used today in emerging technologies. With switches, routers, firewalls, endpoints, servers, and networking equipment, students will learn skills needed to be successful in the design, implementation, troubleshooting, communication, and management of IT networking architecture in a professional business environment. The curriculum is delivered to engage student learning as well as build character and confidence with team building, communication skills, and training in end-user support and customer service. CLC computer technology instructors are industry-certified professionals with years of experience in the classroom and industry.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of computer hardware and system components;
  • Design, configure, and implement various networking architectures utilizing best practices, and security methods;
  • Design, configure, harden, and implement endpoint and server operating systems;
  • Effectively establish secure networking connections between endpoints, applications, services, and local/cloud-based server systems;
  • Understand, design, and collaborate on current IT standards and policies in relation to acceptable use, data classification, incident handling, disaster recovery, business continuity, and security awareness;
  • A thorough understanding of emerging technology, hardware, concepts, and methodology;
  • Locate, evaluate, and properly utilize tools and resources appropriate to a computer technology professional;
  • Apply appropriate security standards to identify, evaluate, and mitigate risk; and
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0.
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.


This program will prepare students for the following certifications: Comp TIA A+, Network+ and Security+. Note: Certifications are not required for program completion and require additional costs per exam. Certification educational discounts are available to CLC Students through CompTIA and Microsoft.

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Program Course Requirements

First Year – Fall Semester (15 credits)
COMP 1109  Introduction to Operating Systems, 3 cr
COMP 1120  Introduction to Computer Applications, 3 cr
COMP 1204  Computer Repair I – A+ Hardware, 4 cr
General Education, 5 cr

Spring Semester (15 credits)
COMP 1206*  Computer Repair II – A+ Operating Systems, 3 cr
COMP 1230  Network Essentials, 4 cr
COMP 1253* Client Operating Systems Administration, 4 cr
General Education, 4 cr

Second Year – Fall Semester (15 credits)
COMP 2115*  Command Line and PowerShell Administration, 4 cr
COMP 2150*  Windows Server Administration I, 5 cr
Additional COMP course, 1 cr
General Education, 5 cr

Spring Semester (15 credits)
COMP 2111*  Security Essentials, 4 cr
COMP 2151*  Windows Server Administration II, 5 cr
COMP 2152*  Windows Server Administration III, 5 cr
COMP Course Elective, 1 cr
General Education, 1 cr

*Denotes Prerequisite or Co-requisite

Program Instructors

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Phone: 218-855-8256
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