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Al Leaston, Assistant Dean
919-536-7200, ext. 4314
Duke Street North, room 133

Plan of Study

(Courses by Semester)

Information Technology - CyberSecurity CCNA Certificate

Short Term

The Information Technology (IT) curriculum prepares graduates for employment in the technology sector as designers, testers, support technicians, system administrators, developers, or programmers who use computer software and\or hardware to design, process, implement and manage information systems in specialties such as database services, security, business intelligence, healthcare informatics, and others depending on the technical path selected within this curriculum.

Coursework includes the development of a student's ability to create, store, communicate, exchange, and use information to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development, information security, and other emerging technologies based on the selected area of study.

Graduates should qualify for entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems, and governmental agencies that rely on computer systems to design and manage information. The program will incorporate the competencies of industry-recognized certification exams.

The Cybersecurity CCNA certificate prepares students for the networking security field as network security technicians, network administrators, or network security engineers. The courses offered are based on Cisco Networking Academy and CompTIA Security+ (Plus) course material and prepare a student for three certifications, the Cisco CCNA, Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate, and CompTIA Security+

The first two courses (CTI-120 and SEC-110) provide students with a foundation in networking and security. SEC-110 Security Concepts introduces the concepts and issues related to securing information systems and prepares students to take the CompTIA Security+ certification (SY0-601).

The following three courses (NET 125, 126, and 225) build on network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, and automation and programmability. The courses help prepare students to take the CCNA certification (200-301 CCNA), and students may earn discount vouchers for that exam.

The last course, SEC 160, focuses on cybersecurity operations – monitoring, detecting, investigating, analyzing, and responding to security events to protect systems from cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities. At completion, students may earn discount vouchers for the CyberOps certification exam (200-201 CBROPS). Students should have fundamental networking and security knowledge before taking this course.

This certificate is intended for participants with a prior understanding of computer hardware and software.  

Find information about credit by exam and academic credit for professional credentials. Also see Industry Certification-related Content Taught in IT Courses (PDF).

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Spring Application Deadline is Jan 02

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
CTI-120 Network and Security Foundation 3
NET-125 Introduction to Networks 3
SEC-110 Security Concepts 3

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