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Network Administration and Security

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Program Overview

The Network Administration and Security program at ASA College prepares graduates to be able to provide network and system administration support. They will be able to design, install, configure, maintain and secure local and wide area corporate networks in small to medium sized corporations. Students receive hands-on training with servers, routers and switches in our fully equipped computer and networking labs.

The program also helps students to prepare for industry standard certification exams such as A+, Network+, Security+, CCENT, CCNA, MCSA, etc. The graduates have opportunity to specialize in network security or Cisco internetworking.


Program Goals

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Install, configure and maintain computer systems including hardware, peripherals, and commonly used application software and operating systems.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software or other network and system problems, and replace components if necessary.
  • Design, install, configure and maintain corporate network systems.
  • Monitor network performance and make adjustments when necessary.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement network security measures to protect data, software and hardware.
  • Perform backups and disaster recovery.


Network Administration Degree program , sample list of professional elective courses

Sample Of Required Professional Courses

  • Computer Concepts and Applications
  • Computer Architecture
  • Telecommunications Concepts
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Programming Languages Concepts
  • Hardware and Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Client Technology
  • Microsoft Windows Server Technology
  • Management of Cisco Networking Environments
  • Implementing Network Security
  • Network Administration Externship

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $63,460 in May 2019. Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.

Computer support Specialist

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Support Specialists, on the Internet at (visited July 19, 2020)

Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. These specialists either support computer networks or they provide technical assistance directly to computer users.


Computer network support specialists typically do the following:

  • Test and evaluate existing network systems
  • Perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate correctly
  • Troubleshoot local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Internet systems

Computer network support specialists, also called technical support specialists, analyze, troubleshoot, and evaluate computer network problems. They play an important role in the routine maintenance of their organization’s networks, such as performing file backups on the network. Maintenance can be performed daily, weekly, or monthly and is important to an organization’s disaster recovery efforts. Solving an information technology (IT) problem promptly is important because organizations depend on their network systems. Network support specialists may assist computer users through phone, email, or in-person visits. They often work under network and computer system administrators, who handle more complex tasks.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Support Specialists, on the Internet at (visited July 19, 2020)

Most computer support specialists have full-time work schedules; however, many do not work typical 9-to-5 jobs. Because computer support is important for businesses, support services may need to be available 24 hours a day. As a result, many support specialists must work nights or weekends.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Support Specialists, on the Internet at (visited July 19, 2020)

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