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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Information Technology/Network Administration, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny

The ITNA program will provide students with a foundation in the basic technologies of computer networking, both as an objective and measurable skill set, as well as a preface to certification. In addition, students may also prepare for CISCO certification by choosing to take the CISCO option courses. The modular design of the core/certification integration is designed to allow the future addition of other professional certifications.

Program Details

Pathway: Information Technology

More information on this Pathway.

Students start Fall semester

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Minimum ALEKS placement score of 14, or minimum score of 15 on the ACT exam, or completion of MAT 045  with a grade of “C” or higher.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Information Technology Network Administration AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree - 74

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 500 775 300 400 225
Supplies   55   30      

Approximate total for program: $15,975**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Troubleshoot and repair computer system hardware and software problems.
  • Perform installation of computer systems.
  • Perform update modifications of existing systems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and periodic performance checks.
  • Design, implement and/or administer networking systems.
  • Interact with professional people in the business computer field.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics and programming.
  • Apply such knowledge to problems surrounding the operation, installation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of computer and network equipment.
  • Communicate with business people, computer operators and technicians about the safe operation, installation and modification of equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand technical manuals and other literature to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.

What Else Should I Consider about this Degree program?

  • May work irregular hours and be on 24-hour call for duty.
  • May work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $39,520 (2013-2014 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Investigate various operating systems
  2. Implement security devices including firewalls, VPN endpoints, Intrusion Prevention Devices, and  Adaptive Security Appliances
  3. Troubleshoot hardware and operating system problems
  4. Evaluate new technology in IT systems, including virtualization, mobile, and cloud systems
  5. Differentiate the operation of network components
  6. Design computer network system installations
  7. Write computer programs in an upper level programming language
  8. Investigate network business and management software applications on various devices


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Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
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Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
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Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/pathways/.(2021)