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Network and System Administration

Associate's Degree

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Earn Your Network and System Administration Degree

Technology infrastructure is the lifeblood of modern business; a computer Network and System Administration works at the very heart of an organization to keep that lifeblood flowing. You can look forward to pursuing a position within an information technology (IT) team upon graduation from our Network and System Administration associate’s degree program from Virginia College.

Students must have successfully completed the Network Support Technician diploma program from the same campus, or transfer into the program with the equivalent approved content from an approved Network Support Technician diploma program to receive block transfer credit.

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Network and System Administration Courses

Because experience is often the best teacher, students in the Network and System Administration program spend a significant amount of time learning by doing. Our instructors encourage active participation in classes and provide students with opportunities to apply concepts explored during reading and lectures.

In the Network and System Administration program, you will:

  • Get training from instructors with real-world experience
  • Take one class at a time, allowing you to focus on one subject before moving on to the next
  • Know your entire schedule from the start so it’s easy to plan around school

Network and System Administration Associate’s Degree Program

Network and System Administration associate’s degree students will experience hands-on learning for the development of technical skills through lessons that challenge them to solve problems and apply learnings to real-world examples. Upon completion of the Network and System Administration program, you will be prepared to take exams for certifications that employers prefer or require of new employees, such as select Cisco certifications, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification and CompTIA Security+ certification.

Our Network and System Administration program can be completed in less than two years, and is designed to let students:

  • Explore client/server computer concepts with an emphasis on the engineering practices used on modern networks
  • Receive training on how to operate, install, configure, troubleshoot, upgrade and maintain PCs and networks.
  • Develop skills to solve a variety of network issues
  • Learn network security essentials
  • Understand operating system and network management software

Network Administrator Salary Information

According to O*Net Online (using 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) the median annual salary of a computer network support specialist, for instance, was $62,670. Experience, certifications, job title, location and other variables help determine what professionals in this field actually earn.

Relevant Courses for IT Jobs

Throughout the degree program at Virginia College, you'll have the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable instructors with extensive real-world experience in their discipline areas. We provide the practical training for pursuing a career as a network administrator in a variety of IT settings including:

  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Start-up companies

Network and System Administration Certifications

Upon successful completion of the Network and System Administration program, qualified students may pursue a variety of industry-standard professional networking and computer certifications, including:

  • A+
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • MCSE
  • MCSA
  • Linux+
  • LPIC-1
  • CCENT
  • CCNA

Although certification may not be required for employment as a network administrator, it does signify to prospective employers a threshold level of expertise that is highly desirable to companies staffing IT positions of vital importance to the organization.

What Else Will You Learn in the Network and System Administration Program?

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should also be able to:

  • Connect local networks to the Internet using Microsoft, Linux, and/or Cisco solutions
  • Provide basic and advanced network administration and engineering services
  • Fine tune network servers for optimal performance and develop migration plans for upgrades of software
  • Analyze security requirements for the LAN and WAN network users and system
  • Understand alternate operating system and network management software
  • Coordinate a job search

Network and System Administration

The training from this Network and System Administration program, along with career planning and placement assistance from the Virginia College Career Development Specialists, can help students pursue rewarding IT positions after graduation.

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Learn more about a challenging career as a Network and System Administration in the rapidly evolving information technology industry. Complete the Request More Information form and take the first step toward an exciting new career.

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Note: The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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