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Networking & Cyber Security


Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems with an option in Computer Networking in as little as two years or begin your higher education with a technical certificate in networking and cyber security. 

As you progress through NWACC's networking program, you'll develop skills in analyzing and designing computer network requirements, and installing, configuring and troubleshooting hardware and software, as well as performing network maintenance and implementing local area networks (LANs).

You'll also be prepared to complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate exam and take the A+, CompTIA Network + and Security + certification exams. 

With a degree in networking, you may find employment opportunities as a computer technician, network administrator, help desk analyst, technology coordinator, computer network analyst, network installation technician and others.

Program Learning Outcomes for Networking

  • Analyze and design computer networks based on specific requirements
  • Assess problems and implement maintenance solutions on computer and networking hardware and software
  • Create Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) using both static and dynamic addressing including subnetting and apply routing protocols
  • Define basic security concepts and employ management protocols with controls on network devices
  • Describe and compare automation and programmability of networks using software-defined architecture concepts and configuration management mechanisms
  • Use computer systems in a responsible and ethical manner.

Technology Recommendations

For the networking program, be sure to have a computer with the following specifications:

RAM 8 GB (minimum, more would be better)
Storage 500 GB
Graphic Needs NA


Academic Paths

NWACC offers a technical certificate in networking and cyber security and an AAS in computer information systems with the option of networking. View the courses required to earn a certificate or degree.

Visit the degree page to view the courses required to obtain a Technical Certificate in Networking and Cyber Security.

Visit the degree page to view the courses required to obtain an AAS Computer Information Systems Option Networking.



NWACC's Business and Computer Information Systems (except CAD) programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The programs gained initial accreditation in 2014 and continue to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence.

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