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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology/Network Administration, Linux Concentration, AAS

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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.

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Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Attend any required information/registration session.
  3. Satisfy the required assessment by taking the reading and English COMPASS test or equivalent.
  4. Minimum ALEKS placement score of 14, or minimum score of 15 on the ACT exam, or completion of MAT 053  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.

Required Courses

All students take the first three semesters.

Semester 3

Option 1 Courses

Requirements for the Linux Concentration

After semester 3, students must declare a Microsoft or Linux concentration and take the respective Microsoft or Linux courses. to fulfill the program credit requirements, the student must select courses from the option list.

By selecting all CISCO courses as options, the student will be prepared to test for CISCO CCNA certification.

Linux specialization students must complete the following:

Semester 4

Semester 5

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree: Linux Concentration - 71

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

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

Approximate total for program: $12,238*

* 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 Program or Career Choice?

  • May work irregular hours and be on 24-hour call for duty.
  • May work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $33,969 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. 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. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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