Network Administrator

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online, Hybrid
Program Level: Degrees, Certificates, Online
Department: Computer Science, Technology & Business
Institute: Science & Technology
College: NVC

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About the Program

Students earning this degree will be prepared to pursue information technology and networking careers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, education, entertainment, and more. With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of routing, switching, wireless, troubleshooting, and other advanced technologies to prepare for the globally-recognized Cisco CCNA® certification, continued education, and for entry-level career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster than average growth and excellent job prospects for Network Administrators.    

What will I learn?

With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of routing, switching; managing firewalls and wireless networks, including Windows Server operating systems; how to add, manage, and troubleshoot various network enterprise services; and a familiarization with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Platform and Palo Alto Firewall configuration.  

What can I do with this course of study?

This program prepares students to work for organizations that provide enterprise network services to clients as well as organizations that adopt Cisco and Windows solutions to manage their networks. In addition, this program prepares you for work as a systems administrator, network technician, and level 2 help desk specialist. Finally, this program prepares students to work as Linux administrators or manage Cisco routers, firewalls, and switches in the private and public sectors.

What is special about this program?

Students who enroll in this program can earn their Network +, Security +, Linux+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Cisco Security certifications. Careers Available: The following titles are examples of careers associated with both the Network Administrator and Information Security & Assurance programs but not limited to:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Installer
  • Network Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Data Security
  • Computer Security
  • Information Security Officer Specialist


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The CHW certification and AAS in Community Health is approved by Ready to Work. Academic credit courses and accelerated Continuing Education (CE) course leading to certification and AAS are available.

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Available Courses:

Course Descriptions

ITNW 1308 - Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems

ITCC 1414 - CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks ***

ITCC 1444 - CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials

ENGL 1301 - Composition I

ITNW 1425 - Fundamentals of Networking Technologies

ITNW 1454 - Implementing and Supporting Servers

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration

Select 1 from the following:
Additional Communication (90) Core  

Select 1 from the following: Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core   or Creative Arts (50) Core 

Select 1 from the following: Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core

ITNW 2473 - Amazon Cloud Foundations

ITSY 2430 - Intrusion Detection

ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security

ITCC 2343 - Network Security

ITSC 2325 - Advanced Linux

ITNW 2264 - Practicum (or Field Experience) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

Select 1 course from the Mathematics (20) Core  


About the Program Coordinator:
Matthew Burch

Teaching Philosophy
Matthew’s teaching philosophy emphasizes hands-on learning and mentoring. Information technology learning can be intimidating for many new students and having an experienced instructor to guide them often makes the difference. By forming partnerships with leading information technology providers such as Cisco, AWS, Comptia, Microsoft, and Palo Alto, we are able to align our program with the latest industry developments. Hands-on labs and certification exam preparation is incorporated into our courses to help ensure our students receive training on the concepts and skills that are most relevant to potential employers.

Associate of Applied Science – Computer Information Systems
St. Philips College 1992

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education - Computer Information Systems
Wayland Baptist University 1995

Master of Science – Cybersecurity
Western Governors University – currently enrolled

Northwest Vista College
Matthew began his teaching career as an adjunct professor at St. Philip’s College in 1995 teaching network engineering classes. In 2005, Matthew began teaching Cisco Academy, AWS Academy and cybersecurity courses at NVC as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time professor and Cybersecurity Program Coordinator for the college in 2023. Matthew holds several teaching certifications including Cisco Academy Authorized Instructor, AWS Academy Certified Educator, and AWS Authorized Instructor. Matthew’s professional career also spans several decades as a server administrator, network engineer, cloud architect, and information technology manager. His professional certifications include CISSP, CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure #35240, CCIE Service Provider #35240, Cisco Certified Design Specialist, AWS Solutions Architect Professional, AWS Cloud Developer Associate, and Python Institute - PCEP.


Faculty and Staff


Dr. Bobby Yeater

Dr. John Grillo

Matthew Burch


Teresa Dimas

Adrienne Partida

Emily Coppin