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Cisco Certified Network Associate

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Program Description

This Continuing Education Certificate Program prepares students to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam, and for a professional career as a Cisco Certified Network Associate in the information and communication technology (ICT) field. Learn how to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. This course provides classroom and laboratory experiences in current and emerging networking technologies. Students are introduced to the architecture, components and operation of routers, including the principles of routing and the primary routing process. In addition, the course provides a comprehensive approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and network services required by converged applications in enterprise networks. Excellent attendance is required to successfully complete this program.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  Students will be prepared to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam

Certifying Organization: Cisco Systems www.cisco.com

Career Opportunities:

With certification, students quality for entry-level positions, including: Network Associate; Network Specialist; Network Administrator; Network Support Engineer; Information Technology (IT) Specialist; Local Area Network Administrator; Information Technology (IT) Manager; and Network Manager. This career requires continued education and training.

Program Length

The length of this program is 3 semesters: 6 weeks/1 semester for prerequisites and 2 semesters for course series - Parts I and II in one semester; Parts III and IV in the following semester. Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex. Course schedules vary, but all four courses are typically offered in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Courses may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).


Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED.

  • Students must be computer literate and have strong computer skills, prior networking classes or background, and access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

  • Recommended: Network+ certification

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Program Prerequisite:

Network+ Part I: Network and Data Communications: PCA 619   or PCA 615   (both shared with credit course DCOM 101 )

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Guide to Networking Essentials; Tomsho; ISBN 1-305-10543-5; $197.35
    • Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

1. Cisco I: Network Fundamentals: PCA 596  or PCA959 (both shared with credit course DCOM 217 )

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Intro to Networks Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBC 1-58713-316-4; $66.65
    • Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

2. Cisco II: LAN Routing Protocols and Concepts: PCA 597  or PCA 960  (both shared with credit course DCOM 218 )

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Routing & Switching Essentials Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 978-1-58713-318-3; $66.65

3. Cisco III: Switching and Wireless: PCA 598  or PCA 961  (both shared with credit course DCOM 219 )

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Scaling Networks Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 978-1-58713-328-2; $66.65


4. Cisco IV: Accessing the WAN: PCA 599  or PCA 962  (both shared with credit course DCOM 220 

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Connecting Networks Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 1-58713-332-6; $66.65


Program Costs

  • Prerequisite Tuition/Fees: $505 (Tuition - $177/Fees - $328)
  • Prerequisite Textbook: $170
  • Program Tuition/Fees: $2476 (Tuition - $868/Fees - $1608)
  • Program Textbooks: $266.60


Program Contact Information


Steve Ricketts

Email: sricketts@ccbcmd.edu

Phone: 443-840-4442

Location: Owings Mills, 305E


Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Pittinger

Email: npittinger@ccbcmd.edu

Phone: 443-840-4483

Location: Owings Mills, 302

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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