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Network & Computer System Administrator Basic Certificate Level I

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The Network and Computer System Administrator Associate of Applied Science degree program combines the best of two worlds, Cisco Networking Academy and Microsoft IT Academy. This program
provides students with the skills needed for collaboration, problem-solving, and provides hands-on activities to give students a practical understanding of the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s IT job market. Upon completion, students have the practical knowledge they need to enter the workforce and be successful in a number of global industries. 

The Network and Computer System Administrator Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in the degree plan. Certificates are available which provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

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Please contact Lisa Hall at Lisa.M.Hall@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1773 for more information.

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Please contact Terry Bryant at Terrance.H.Bryant@LoneStar.edu or call 281.618.5623 for more information.


Please contact Antonio Lopez at Antonio.D.Lopez@LoneStar.edu or call 832.761.6634 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Network & Computer System Administrator AAS Degree or Network & Computer Administrator Advanced Certificate Level II.

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 Networks1 3
Network and Computer System Administrator Basic Certificate Program Total 27 Credits


  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $82,5951

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

  • IT Manager2
  • Computer Network Technician2
  • Network Analyst2
  • Information Technology (IT) 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, 2016
  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.