Networking Specialist, Diploma


Program Description: The Computer Information Systems – Networking Specialist program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, and computer networking. Program graduates are qualified for employment as networking specialists.

Length of Program: Five (5) Semesters

Locations offered:
Moultrie VPC

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will design and configure a new desktop computer.
  • Students will install and configure an operating system.
  • Students will setup, troubleshoot, and maintain a server environment.
  • Students will setup, troubleshoot, and maintain a complex local area network (LAN).

Cost of Program: Click Here for the Cisco Track. Click Here for the Microsoft Track.

Gainful Employment: For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, and occupational information, please view the Datasheet

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Networking Specialist, Diploma. Graduates who complete CIST 2451, CIST 2452, CIST 2453, and CIST 2454 are eligible to sit for the Cisco CCNA certification exam.

Credits Required for Graduation: 57 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation

Note: Credits from this program may be applied to a degree program.

1st Term
Books: $675.40
Fees: $309.00
Tuition: $1,335.00
Total: $2,319.40

2nd Term
Books: $397.14
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $1,068.00
Total: $1,749.14

3rd Term
Books: $300.00
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $890.00
Total: $1,474.00

4th Term
Books: $150.00
Fees: $284.00
Tuition: $979.00
Total: $1,413.00

5th Term
Books: $300.00
Fees: $324.00
Tuition: $890.00
Total: $1,514.00

Curriculum Credits

Curriculum Credits

1: Basic Skills Courses (8 hours)


ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relat & Prof Dev 2
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3

2: Institutional Credit (3 hours)


COLL 1500 Student Success 3

3: Occupational Courses (46 hours)


CIST 1122 Hardware Install&Maintenance 4
CIST 1001 Computer Concepts 4
COMP 1000 Intro to Computer Literacy 3
CIST Elec - CIST Elective 14
XXXX xxxx - CIST Operating Systems Elective 3
CIST Sec - CIST Security Course 3

4: And one of the following specializations (16 hours)

and one of the following (4 hours)


CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks-CISCO 4
CIST 1401 Computer Networking Fundament 4

and one of the following (4 hours)


CIST 2451 Introduction to Networks-CISCO 4
CIST Elec - CIST Elective 4

CISCO Exploration Specialization


CIST 2454 Cisco Connecting Networks 4
CIST 2453 Cisco Scaling Networks 4
CIST 2452 CiscoRouting/SwitchingEssentia 4

Microsoft Specialization


CIST 2413 Microsoft Server Infrastru 4
CIST 2412 Microsoft Server Direc Servic 4
CIST 2411 Microsoft Client 4
CIST MS - CIST Microsoft Course 4

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