The Network Systems Administrator Program

The Network Systems Administrator Program is the foundation for a series of higher certifications at the expert and master level, and focuses on the ability to design and build technology solutions. Learned primary skills include the ability to install, configure, and troubleshoot a network.


The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification from Microsoft demonstrates fundamental on-site and cloud-computing skills in one of Microsoft’s core platforms. The Cisco CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking.


Network System Administrator Program Details

Computer Network and Security

This course expands existing user-level knowledge and experience with PC software and hardware and introduces fundamental skills and concepts. Network fundamentals are also introduced with extensive coverage of network models, media, and IP Addressing. Finally, foundational skills in Security are covered by introducing students to different security threats, cryptography fundamentals, security policies, and risk management.

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

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

Cisco Routing and Switching

This course introduces students to the basics of Cisco network administration. Learn how to install, operate, configure, and verify IP networks, as well as identify basic security threats. Students will also explore different network topologies and troubleshoot common networking issues.

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

  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

Microsoft Operating System

This course is the perfect technical introduction to Windows 10. Discover new capabilities and find out how to manage devices, storage, apps, and data security. This course provides the information necessary to properly administer and support Windows 10.

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

  • 20697-1 Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Microsoft Server Administration

Get introduced to the full feature set and technical capabilities of Windows Server 2012. Students will learn Active Directory Services, Group Policy, and Hyper-V, as well as more advanced features like Network Load Balancing, and Certificate Services. All the information a student needs to properly administer a Windows Server 2012 environment.

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

  • 20410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • 20411 Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 20412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Program Length

30 weeks / 540 Clock Hours


  • CompTIA Security+
  • CCNA
  • MCSA 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.

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Specialist
  • Systems Administrator


The O*NET database is the nation's primary source of occupational information.

• Network and Computer Systems Administrators - 15-1142


Common Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments, including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Network and Computer Systems Administrators is expected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Demand for these workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.


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