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Network Administration Certificate

Network Administration Certificate at Harper College

Prepare for networking and cybersecurity certification exams 

Program facts business icon

  • Credit hours: 12
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Network support specialist

Prepare for a career in network administration with this 12-credit- hour certificate program. Get hands-on experience in Cisco, Linux, Microsoft and network security administration. The program prepares you to take Cisco CCENT, CompTIA, Linux+, Security+ and Microsoft MTA certification exams. You’ll also qualify for entry-level jobs as a network support specialist.

Take classes in Linux administration, Windows server administration, Cisco networking (CCENT) and IT security. All courses are taught by multidisciplinary faculty who are experts in their fields. Many courses are offered online or in blended formats, giving you added flexibility.

By completing additional coursework, you can earn the AAS degree in Information Technology (Network Administration specialization). 

Certificate program requirements

This 12 credit-hour certificate program provides students with experience in Cisco, Linux, Microsoft, and network security administration. These courses will help students prepare for Cisco CCENT, CompTIA, Linux+ and Security+, and Microsoft MTA certification exams, as well as qualify for entry-level jobs as network support specialists. Students must have CompTIA+ and Network+ certification or similar experience before specializing in network administration. See the IT Support Technician Certificate for entry-level courses.


Number Course Title Credits
NET 240 3

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to Linux administration. Includes architecture, installation, commands, file systems, data management, user interfaces, administrative tasks, system services, networking, and security.

Prerequisite: NET 121 with a grade of C or better.

NET 260 3

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to Windows Server administration. Includes installation, server roles, Active Directory, storage, performance and maintenance.

Prerequisite: NET 121 with a grade of C or better.

NET 270 3

Description: Provides students with experience configuring Cisco routers and switches for a variety of tasks, including IOS basics, router configuration, routing protocols, NAT, access lists, WAN settings, switching and VLANs.

Prerequisite: NET 121 with a grade of C or better.

NET 280 3

Description: Provides students with a comprehensive hands-on overview of IT security including network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control, identity management and cryptography.

Prerequisite: NET 121 or NET 122 with a grade of C or better.


Next steps

For more information about networking and cybersecurity courses at Harper, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This course is not financial aid eligible.