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Cisco Certified Network Associate

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Program Description

This course series 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.

Providing 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.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​prepare to pass the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam,
  2. install and configure networks using Cisco products,
  3. troubleshoot Cisco network problems, and
  4. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required of a Cisco Certified Network Associate. 

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

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

Certifying Organization:

Cisco Systems

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

2 semesters (28 - 32 weeks) not including prerequisites; Parts I and II in one semester and Parts III in the following semester. 

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex.  Course schedules vary, but all 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

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum and demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 137

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 619


PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Network and Data Communications



Guide to Networking Essentials 8th edition; Tomsho; eBook $38.99; Paperback $199.95

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing



Prerequisite Totals:


$38.99 - 199.95 


Course Series:

PCO 270


PCO 273

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 217

Cisco I:  Introduction to Networks


CCNAv7: Intro to Networks Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9780136633662; $80

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCO 271


PCO 274 

(if hybrid) Shared with credit class DCOM 218

Cisco II: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials


CCNAv7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9780136729358; $80

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCO 272


PCO 275

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 219)

Cisco III:  Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation


CCNAv7: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9780136634324; $80

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


Course Series Totals:




Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:



$278.99 - 439.95 


Additional Information

Additional Offerings:Students pursuing certification in Cisco often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense Certification, and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:​
CCNA Certification exam = $300

Skills for Success:
​Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; ability to take direction; ability to work both independently and as a team member.
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.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | | 443-840-4442| Catonsville | BESS | 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville|BESS | 100

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