Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Preparation Certificate


Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Preparation

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Total Program Credits: 12

The Cisco Certified Network program prepares students to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size router and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. Includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts, and hands-on, performance-based skills. Prepares students to sit for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Preparation program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Explain the holistic nature and principles of modern computing architectures, theories, and practices.
  2. Configure a router, manage Cisco IOS software, configuring routing protocols on routers, and set the access lists to control the access to routers.
  3. Use advanced IP addressing techniques Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM), Intermediate Routing Protocols (RIP v2, Single-Area OSPF, EIGRP), command-line interface configuration of switches, Ethernet switching, Virtual LANs (VLANs), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), and VLAN Trucking Protocol (VTP).
  4. Use advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques, Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation [PAT]) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Wide Area Network (WAN) technology and terminology, Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Dial-on-Demand Routing (DDR), frame relay, network management, and optical networking.

(Summer 2022)

Placement Measures

Program Map for Students

Semester One: Fall

CIS 102 Professional Information Technology and Computer Science

Core Course


CIS 216 # Introduction to Networks CCNA

Core Course


Total Semester Credits:6
Next StepsMeet with your Academic Advisor to create an academic plan.
Explore stackable certificate(s)/degree(s)

Semester Two: Spring

CIS 217 # Switching, Routing, Wireless Essentials CCNA

Core Course


Total Semester Credits:3
Next StepsMeet with your Academic Advisor to update your academic and transfer plan.
Create a Transferology account to explore how coursework transfers. Attend a Transfer 101 Workshop. (if applicable)

Semester Three: Summer

CIS 218 # Enterprise Networking, Security, Automation CCNA

Core Course


Total Semester Credits:3
Next StepsMeet with your Academic Advisor to finalize your academic plan for graduation and register for stackable certificate/degree (option).
Submit graduation petition by deadline (check for the specific date in catalog or syllabus.)

See CIS course descriptions.

Chairperson: Daniel Grigoletti, Ext. 3354; email:

General Education Communications, Fine Arts, Humanities, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social and Behavioral Science (see individual degree requirements).
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