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 A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, and Linux+ certification examinations and cooperative work experience. 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.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
NSS 101* IT Essential I 5
NSS 105*CL IT Essential II 4
NSS 110* Networking Fundamentals I 4
NSS 115 Law & Ethics in the Workplace 4
NSS 120 MS Desktop Support I 5
NSS 125 MS Desktop Support II 5
NSS 130 Server Fundamentals 4
NSS 135 Implementing System Security 4
NSS 140 Introduction to Data Analysis 5
NSS 144 Intro to Microsoft SQL Server Admin 4
NSS 155 Computer Security Concepts 4
NSS 160 Introduction to Linux 5
NSS 163 Intro to Virtualization 4
NSS 165 Contingency Planning 4
NSS 155 Computer Security Concepts 4
NSS 160 Introduction to Linux 5
NSS 163 Intro to Virtualization 4
NSS 165 Contingency Planning 4
NSS 201 Advanced Linux 5
NSS 211 Server Administration 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