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Computer Network Technology

Build your career in technology and networking with a Computer Network Technology Associate of Applied Science degree from Arapahoe Community College.

Computer networking components

You can work in the computer networking field and help keep hackers and viruses from accessing information we hold valuable. Learn to design, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot computer networks ranging from small to large scale. Our Computer Network Technology (CNT) AAS degrees have four different areas to choose from: CISCO - General Networking, Network Security, and Systems Administration.

Our courses are designed with the needs of businesses in mind. You will gain practical skills with software and hardware needed for many facets of network infrastructure. Our instructors teach technical aspects, along with big-picture overviews of how all the pieces fit together. Our alumni have passed their CompTia A+. Network+, Security+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and the Microsoft Technical Specialist (MCT) certifications.

Nina Amey
Faculty / Department Chair
Computer Networking Technology
nina.amey [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Our computer networking technology program is designed to teach you the skills you need to begin your career once you graduate. What you learn in class are the concepts, principles, and tools that employers want their employees to have. Whichever Computer Network Technology AAS degree you decide on, you can be confident that you'll be able to: 

  • Understand networking principles
  • Apply hardware concepts
  • Apply Windows server concepts
  • Use project management software

CIP 110901 (CNT1)

The Computer Network Technology program prepares individuals for jobs in the computer networking field. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have the needed background to prepare to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist); Security +; or CISCO CCNA.

Total: 62 credit hours

NOTE: Students interested in taking one of the certification exams need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

CIP 110901 (CNG1)

The Computer Network Technology program prepares individuals for jobs in the computer networking field. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have the needed background to prepare to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist); Security +; or CISCO CCNA.

Elective Courses (18 credit hours)

Choose any combination of elective courses from CNG, CSC, and/or CWB

Total: 60 Credit Hours

NOTE: Students interested in taking one of the certification exams need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

CIP 110901 (CNT2)

The Computer Network Technology program prepares individuals for jobs in the computer networking field. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have the needed background to prepare to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist; Security +; or CISCO CCNA.

Network Security Concentration (18 credit hours)
  • Choose any 2 electives from CIS, CNG, CSC, or CWB
Total: 60 credit hours

NOTE: Students interested in taking one of the certification exams need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

CIP 110901 (CNTA)

The Computer Network Technology program prepares individuals for jobs in the computer networking field. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have the needed background to prepare to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist); Security +; or CISCO CCNA.

Total: 61 Credits

NOTE: Students interested in taking one of the certification exams need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

CIP 110901 (CNG)

This certificate is specifically designed to prepare students as entry-level networking professionals. Students are encouraged to take the associated industry certification exams.

Total: 18 Credit Hours

NOTE: Students interested in taking one of the certification exams need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

CIP 110901 (CNT5)

The Computer Network Technology program prepares individuals for jobs in the computer networking field. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have the needed background to prepare to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist); Security +; or CISCO CCNA.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
Total: 26 Credit Hours

NOTE: Students interested in taking one of the certification exams need to meet with a Computer Network Technology Advisor to choose the correct sequence of classes. Please call 303.797.5252 for more information.

CIP 110101 (CTC1)

The Computer Technician program prepares individuals for entry-level jobs in the personal computer industry involving the installation, upgrading and servicing of personal computer systems and computer networks. Three common examples of positions in which a graduate of this program might be employed are retail computer store technician, field service technician for a computer/network systems reseller and in-house computer/network technician for a large company.

Students in this program gain extensive experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is prepared to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam, the competency standard for service technicians in the computer industry.

Major Courses (27 credit hours)
Note(s):

*Students may substitute any of the following courses for CIS 118: CIS 135, CIS 161, CIS 145 and CIS 155.
**Students may substitute the following course for CNG 211: CIS 128

Total: 27 credit hours

Job Potential

The computer networking field has many opportunities available for long lasting and rewarding careers. Employers are always searching for newer, faster technology, so your skills will provide you with opportunities in nearly every field. With your degree or certificate in computer network technology, you could find your career as a(n):

Computer Networking Concentrations

We offer several areas of concentration in our Computer Network Technology program to allow you to focus your studies on what is important to you and your career.

CISCO

CISCO networking technicians and administrators design, build, maintain and troubleshoot the ever increasingly complex networking systems that are the backbone of all types of communication.

General Networking

The Computer Network Technology program will prepare you for jobs in the computer networking field. You’ll gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist); Security +; or CISCO CCNA.

Network Security

In addition to fundamental IT skills, our Network Security concentration will allow you to focus on building secure infrastructure and networks and essential troubleshooting skills. You will learn common attacks, cryptography, recovery and more.

Systems Administration

The Computer Network Technology program will prepare you for jobs in the computer networking field. You will gain hands-on experience with computer hardware, software and networks. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to take one or more of the following exams: Network+; Security+; MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist); Security +; or CISCO CCNA.