Academic Catalog

CISCO Network Design & Security Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of NSS 109.

Clover Park Technical College is a member of the Cisco Networking Academy community in 165 different countries. Our Cisco program delivers a comprehensive, 21st-century learning experience to help students develop the foundational information and communication technology skills needed to design, build, secure and manage networks. Our program also helps students develop career skills such as problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. The Cisco Academy uses a blended learning model that combines face-to-face teaching with engaging online content and hands-on learning activities to help students prepare for industry-standard certifications such as CCENT and CCNA; entry-level and advanced careers; and higher education in engineering, computer science, information systems and related fields.

As networking technologies bring new economic and social opportunities to communities throughout the world, businesses, nonprofits, hospitals, schools and government organizations are experiencing growing demand for networking professionals to design, build, maintain and secure their networks. Graduates are qualified to work as field-service and help-desk technicians, network support technicians, IT technicians and administrators, network security support technicians, network engineers and administrators.

The Cisco Networking Academy curriculum is used, and two additional lab courses prepare student for the CCENT and CCNA industry certification exams. All the courses in this certificate count toward the Computer Networking & Information Systems Security (CNISS) AAT or AAS-T degree program.

Note: NSSC 201, 203 and 205 are articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NSSC 201CISCO Networking II5
NSSC 203CISCO Networking III5
NSSC 205CISCO Networking IV5
NSSC 207CISCO Learning Lab I3
NSSC 208Managing Network Security5
NSSC 210CISCO Learning Lab II3
 Technical Credits26

CISCO Networking II

Item #
NSSC 201
Total Credits
5

The second of four courses in the new Cisco NetAcad CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, CCNA2. Includes the basics of configuring routers, routing protocols, TCP/IP concepts, access control lists and network troubleshooting skills.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NSS 109.
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CISCO Networking III

Item #
NSSC 203
Total Credits
5

The third of four courses in the new Cisco NetAcad CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, CCNA3. Includes VLSM, basics of OSPF and EIGRP, switch concepts and configuration, Spanning Tree Protocols, VLANs and VTP. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NSSC 201.
CLOSE

CISCO Networking IV

Item #
NSSC 205
Total Credits
5

The last of four courses in the new Cisco NetAcad CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum. Includes IPSEC, VPN, Frame Relay, PPP, NAT, PAT, DHCP and WAN technologies. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NSSC 203.
CLOSE

CISCO Learning Lab I

Item #
NSSC 207
Total Credits
3

Provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience needed to prepare for the Cisco CCENT certification exam. 

Prerequisites
Concurrently enrolled in NSSC 201 (Cisco Networking II) & NSSC 203 (Cisco Networking III).
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Managing Network Security

Item #
NSSC 208
Total Credits
5

Introduces knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, operate, manage, and verify network security products and security features. The course focuses on implementing IP network security.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NSSC 205 or current CCENT certification.
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CISCO Learning Lab II

Item #
NSSC 210
Total Credits
3

Provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience needed to prepare for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. 

Prerequisites
Concurrently enrolled in NSSC 205 (Cisco Networking IV) & NSSC 208 (Managing Network Security).
CLOSE
This page was last updated on August 17, 2015.