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Information Technology - Network Specialist

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-150-2
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

If you enjoy problem-solving and working with the latest computer and networking technology, a career in the field of Information Technology is for you. The Information Technology-Network Specialist Program prepares you to install, configure, and administer the networking equipment and network services that are common in LAN and WAN environments.

The program provides training on important computer and networking technologies. You'll learn to

  • Install and manage network operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Unix, and Linux.
  • Install and troubleshoot client and server computer hardware and software.
  • Install and configure thin clients, virtual PCs, and servers.
  • Manage various types of directory services.
  • Implement network and user security.
  • Monitor network event logs for problem resolution.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot network hardware.

The cost of the following professional certification exams is included in the course fees for the corresponding courses:

  Professional         Course
Certification Exam Number Course Title
------------------ ------- -----------------
CompTIA A+ 150-170 A+ Review
CompTIA Network+ 150-181 Advanced NOS 2
CompTIA Security + 150-184 Network Security

Additionally, after completing the appropriate courses, students may qualify to take the following professional certification exams:

  • CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
  • CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator)
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)
  • CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician)

Career opportunities continue to grow dramatically, both within the district and nationally. This could be the training you need for a rewarding career!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 68
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 19 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.