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Network and Computer Administrator Advanced Certificate

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Students seeking degrees in computer information technology may follow a plan that adds academic courses to the two levels of certificates. Students who have degrees or who have articulated courses from high school may receive additional training in areas such as Visual Basic.NET, C, RPG programming, and Network Security.

Students will find coursework, taught by certified instructors, in our certificate and degree programs that lead to professional certification from vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle.

The general education core courses, COSC classes, and some technical courses transfer to a variety of universities. Technical AAS degrees transfer in total to some universities. Contact a counselor or advisor at any college for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

Students interested in transferring to a bachelor's program in computer science should consider completing the A.A. degree with a field of study in computer science. See the academic transfer section of this catalog for details.

Cisco and Microsoft Course Blocks

Students must complete courses from the Cisco Course Block (12 credit hours) to be taken in either the 1st year or 2nd year, AND courses from the Microsoft Course Block (12 credit hours) to be taken in the opposite year from the Cisco Course Block.


Please contact the Computer Information Technology Department for more information.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
COSC 1301-or-ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
ITNW 1325 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 3
ITSC 1372 IT Foundations 3
ITSC 1371 IT Essentials 3
ITCC 1375 Introduction to Networks 3
Second Semester Courses 9 Credits
ITCC 1376 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
ITCC 2378 Scaling Networks 3
ITNW 1313 Computer Virtualization 3
Third Semester Courses 3 Credits
ITCC 2379 Connecting Networks 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 9 Credits
ITMT 1378 Microsoft Windows 10 Configuration 3
ITMT 2371 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 3
ITSC 1316 Linux Installation and Configuration 3
Second Semester Courses 9 Credits
ITMT 2372 Administering Windows Server 2012 3
ITMT 2373 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services1 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3
Network and Computer Administrator Advanced Certificate Program Total 45 Credits


  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $78,4361

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • IT Manager2
  • IT Project Manager2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.