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Computer Information Technology - Networking Concentration, A.A.S.


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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3369, Program Site

The Computer Information Technology Networking Concentration prepares students for employment in the Information Technology field in the area of network infrastructure. Students complete coursework and hands-on experiences in planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of networks of different sizes. In addition to networking skills, students also complete Computer Science coursework in security, operating systems, server management, and programming, in combination with other technology courses. Certifications applicable to this concentration may include CompTIA Network+, A+, Security +, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft OS and Server, among others.

The program includes theoretical and practical components, preparing entry-level networking technicians to design, install, monitor, maintain, and enhance network infrastructure. Graduates of the program will be able to design and implement an infrastructure consisting of various networking devices and components such as clients, servers, routers, switches, and cabling systems. They will also be capable of working in entry-level positions of user support, server monitoring, directory services basic administration, basic router and switch configurations, subnetting, and network communications protocols, along with network media installation and testing.
 

Graduates of the program concentration should be able to:

  • Perform basic configurations on networking components, such as routers and switches;
  • Perform initial installation and configuration of Windows/Linux desktop and server operating systems, services, and roles;
  • Analyze, develop, and implement various IT processes and technologies; and
  • Troubleshoot network hardware, software, and communications problems.
     

After completing the minimum course requirements, graduates have been exposed to concepts and materials used in the certification exams.

Transfer/Advising

The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits. If completed, this degree will transfer into the BS in Professional Studies program at Middle Tennessee State University.

Career Opportunities

Typical positions available to graduates of this program are:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Technician
  • LAN Administrator
  • Data Communications Technician
  • Microcomputer Support Specialist

Course Requirements


General Education Requirements (15 hrs)


Additional Course Requirements (17 hrs)


Total Required – Associate of Applied Science Degree: 61 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Day Schedule


Notes:


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.

 

 

 

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