Curriculum and Requirements

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to enter the workforce as cabling specialists, network control operators, data communications analysts, network technicians, computer security specialists, network specialists, network managers, network systems analysts, network systems technicians, network troubleshooters, WAN/LAN managers; or systems administrators. Students will select from one of two degree specialties-Advanced Network Infrastructure or Network Virtualization. Program completers will receive training that will prepare them to take the Certified Cisco Networking Associate (CCNA), A+ and Network+ certification exams. These exams are not offered on campus.

PHSC offers several certificates that can be earned as students work toward AS degrees. The Associate in Science degree in Network Systems Technology includes certificates in Network Infrastructure, Network Support Technician and Network Virtualization.

Upon completion, students need to contact the Admissions and Student Records office to apply for certificate(s). Students are encouraged to complete courses in the AS degree program.

This AS degree requires the completion of 63 credit hours. It consists of 18 program core hours, 29 specialty hours and 18 General Education hours.

Program Code: AS-NST

The following program core of 18 hours applies to all IT degree programs:

Hours: 18

The following 27 hours apply specifically to the Network Systems Technology/Advanced Network Infrastructure specialization:

Hours: 27

The following 27 hours apply specifically to the Network Systems Technology/Network Virtualization specialization:

Hours: 27

The following 18 hours meet the General Education requirements:

  • CGS 1100 - Microcomputer Applications 3 cr.
  • ENC 1101 - English Composition I 3 cr.
  • Any Elective Area II course listed in the Associate in Science Degree Program Requirements 3cr.
  • Any Area III Mathematics course listed in the Associate in Science Degree Program Requirements 3cr. (Note: Students wishing to transfer to a bachelor program should take MAC 1105.)
  • Any Area III Natural Science course listed in the Associate in Science Degree Program Requirements 3cr.
  • Any Elective Area IV course listed in the Associate in Science Degree Program Requirements 3cr.

Hours: 18

Total Hours: 63

Note(s):

Three hours of credit will be granted toward an Associate in Science degree in Networking Systems Technology for the successful completion with a "C" average or better in Web Internet Services at the Marchman Technical Center. Credit will be awarded for Computer Concepts (CGS 1000).

Students must receive a high school diploma and successfully complete 15 hours of college-level credit in classroom instruction at PHSC before credit will be given. To be awarded credit, a student must send a copy of a completed Request for Credit for Articulated Programs from Marchman Technical Center (Form SAR-50) to the director of admissions and student records after the student has completed 15 hours. This form is available in the Student Development office on each campus.