The Database Administrator Program

Considering a career in database administration (DBA)? You’re not alone — more and more companies are turning to skilled database admins who ensure information is exactly where it needs to be and is accessible on demand. Working behind the scenes, DBAs are responsible for the management and maintenance of file storage and software systems, making them the critical link between information need and data delivery.

The Database Administrator Program at New Horizons is a certification program designed for students looking to learn the fundamentals of database querying, management, administration and beyond. Students will learn to administer, test and implement computer databases; as well as coordinating changes to computer databases while ensuring overall data integrity. Finally, students will plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.


Completion of this course yields two critical certifications:

First is the MTA Database Administration Fundamentals, which ensures an understanding of core database concepts, creation of database objects, manipulation of data, data storage and administration of a database.

Students also earn the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Access certification, which enhances their ability to manipulate and manage Microsoft relational databases.


Database Administrator Program Details

Database Fundamentals

Start with the core concepts behind database administration in our Database Fundamentals course. You’ll learn how to manipulate data and create new database objects as well as gain a thorough understanding of Microsoft Access and Excel.

This program includes select content from the following publicly scheduled database training courses:

  • Excel – Learn how to effectively create and manipulate spreadsheets in Excel.
  • Relational Database Design – Gain critical knowledge of relational database design best practices.
  • Access – Get a ground-level introduction to the Microsoft Office database tool.
  • 40364 Database Administration Fundamentals – Discover the key principles behind effective database management.
  • 10985 Introduction to SQL Databases – Learn more about querying, manipulating and using data in SQL.

Microsoft SQL Server

This course serves as an introduction to one of the most popular database programs in the world: Microsoft SQL Server. Learn how to perform different queries, aggregate data, use table expressions, and work with stored procedures — but that’s only the beginning. You’ll also learn how to back up and restore data, monitor performance and manage security, and how to perform ongoing database maintenance. With a wide variety of SQL variants now used worldwide, Microsoft SQL server training offers great value for your long-term career path.

This program includes select content from the following publicly scheduled courses:

  • 20461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server – Learn basic and advanced query techniques in Microsoft SQL to maximize your efficacy.
  • 220462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases – Gain the knowledge you need to quickly and easily create, administer and manage Microsoft SQL databases.
  • 220464 Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases – Develop the skills required to design and implement your own SQL database architectures to fit unique data needs.

Ready to learn more about database administration? Online database administrator training from New Horizons provides both the critical knowledge and necessary certifications to jump-start your career.


Program Length

24 weeks /432 clock hours


  • MOS: Access
  • MCSA: SQL Server

* These certifications can be earned based on student performance.

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing one of our programs, you may qualify for the following career opportunities.

  • Database Administrator
  • Database Analyst
  • Database Programmer
  • Information Systems Manager


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Common Job Responsibilities

Thanks to the rapid uptake of cloud computing deployments and big data analysis tools, the role of database administrators has evolved significantly. Now, DBAs are a critical part of corporate innovation — access to reliable and relational data is critical for companies to design effective strategies and implement forward-thinking policies. Without effective database management, companies quickly fall behind competitors, making the position of certified and well-trained DBA highly sought after in a market already facing an IT skills shortage.

Ready to tackle the role of database admin? Your common job responsibilities include:

  • Testing programs or databases, correcting errors, and implementing necessary modifications or upgrades.
  • Modifying databases and database management systems, or directing programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Planning, coordinating, and implementing security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure.
  • Working as part of a project team to coordinate database development and determine project scope and limitations.
  • Writing and coding logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.

Your Career Path

While database administrator training from New Horizons opens the door for your career as a DBA, that’s just the beginning. With the right certifications and a few years of experience on your resume, there are myriad opportunities available, such as:

  • Database Analyst – Discover key relationships between existing data sets or build new models.
  • Database Programmer – Make current databases even faster, easier to access and more agile.
  • Information Systems Manager – Oversee the distribution and integrity of information systems for an entire corporate network.

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