Computer Networking & Information System Security Professional Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers involving the protection of computers, networks and information systems against unauthorized access or modification of information, and against the denial of service to authorized users. Includes those security measures, both physical and virtual, necessary to detect, document and counter such threats.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $7,495.40

Prerequisites: COMPASS Reading 68 and Writing 33, or successful completion of ENG 82. Prior to completion of first quarter, student must provide documentation of a background check with Washington State Patrol.

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Curriculum content includes basic computer and networking skills, physical and virtual security processes and procedures, and introduction to security management, planning and recovery.

The program includes preparing students for the CompTIA A+, Security+, Linux+, and Microsoft MCSA & MCITP certification examinations. Employers include business and industrial firms, financial institutions, government agencies, consulting firms, software developers, health providers and internet service providers.

This program is approximately four quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Prior to completion of first quarter, student must provide documentation of a background check with Washington State Patrol.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
NSS 101* IT Essential I 5
NSS 105*CL IT Essential II 4
NSS 109 Cisco Networking I 4
NSS 120 MS Desktop Support I 5
NSS 125 MS Desktop Support II 4
NSS 135 Implementing System Security 4
NSS 139 Server OS Installation & Configuration 4
NSS 140 Introduction to Data Analysis 5
NSS 152 SharePoint Services Administration 4
NSS 156 Cyber Security Fundamentals 4
NSS 160 Introduction to Linux 5
NSS 162 Administering Windows Server OS 4
NSS 164 Intro to Virtualization 4
NSS 165 Contingency Planning 4
NSS 201 Advanced Linux 5
NSS 205 Advanced Windows Server Configuration 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professionals (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities course) 5
  Total Credits for Completion 85