In as few as six months and for less than $8,200 for full-time students, our online Pre-Associate's Network Support Certificate can give you the skills to sit for network support certification exams that employers are looking for, including the CompTIA A+ (Part 1), CompTIA A+ (Part 2), CompTIA Network+, Windows 10 MD-100 and Cisco® CCNA.6,5 Start your Certificate when it’s convenient for you thanks to fully online courses and eight start dates a year.
Next Program Start Date: October 4, 2021
Designed with motivated learners like you in mind, our ladder approach to education makes it easy to earn the credentials that you need. At Rasmussen University, our Cyber Security credentials stack together into one cohesive Cyber Security ladder system. This means that you’re earning more than credits—you’re earning every credential along the way. No matter where you start, credits transfer from one credential to the next: Network Support Certificate to Network Systems Administrative Associate's degree to Cyber Security Certificate (Administrative or Technical specialization) to Cyber Security Bachelor's degree.
The single panel infographic displays how Rasmussen University's Cyber Security program credentials stack together. The title of the graphic is, "Cyber Security Laddering". At the bottom of the stack and highlighted in green is the Network Support Certificate, followed by Network Support Administrative Associate's degree, Cyber Security Certificate and, at the top, the Cyber Security Bachelor's degree.
Analyze Networks and Your Career Path
Whether this is the first step on your network support career or you’re currently working and ready to advance your credentials, you can advance your skills and confidently pursue your career potential. Our experienced instructors have years of experience in IT, network admin, network security and more, and continuously analyze the curriculum to make sure it meets the needs of the current industry.
Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Network Support Certificate Career Potential
Here are a few of the careers you could qualify for with our Network Support Certificate:
Computer Network Support Specialist
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.3 A computer network support specialist is just one example of where an online Network Support Certificate can take you.
BLS Earnings Data:3
- $40,620 (10th percentile)
- $50,730 (25th percentile)
- $65,450 (50th percentile)
BLS Projected Growth 2019–2029:3
Deploy Operating System
Learn to install, configure, maintain and administer operating systems such as Windows 10 and Linux Fedora 16.4
Interpret and troubleshoot small to medium-sized business (SMB) networks when a user or automated monitoring system raises awareness of an issue.
Install network hardware and software and make upgrades and repairs to an organization’s network and computer system.
Network Access and IP Connectivity
Manage routers and switches in a Local Area Network and learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers.
Along with program-specific skills, students in all programs and at all credential levels learn six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills: critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility. Learn to not only analyze a network environment, but also clearly create and communicate a network security plan to support your organization within a diverse team. All six transferable skills are strategically embedded into your Network Support Certificate, further preparing you for your career.
Network Support Specialist Certification Exams
After completing your Network Support Certificate, you will be academically prepared to sit for the CompTIA A+ (Part 1), CompTIA A+ (Part 2), CompTIA Network+, Windows 10 MD-100 and Cisco CCNA (some additional certification requirements prior to testing may be required).4 Rasmussen University will reimburse the exam fees of up to three certification exams to help make pursuing network support certification more of a reality.5
- CDA 1330C
- 4 Credits
- CET 2522C
- 3 Credits
- CIS 1710C
- 4 Credits
Learn how to operate fundamental components of all computing systems, such as Windows, Linux and the Mac OS X.4 Explore how operating systems are responsible for managing the running processes, as well as the sharing of system resources.
Cisco Network Routing and Switching
Analyzes how to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network and configure troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers, including routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANS and more.
Administering Windows Server
Covers how to implement, administer and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate servers in a networked computing environment. Emphasizes the use of proper server roles based on business requirements.
61 Minimum Months to Completion
7 Courses to Complete
26 Credit Hours
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen University School of Technology vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with self-directed assessments, credit for prior learning, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- Total program cost varies by full-time vs. part-time learning.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
- Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
- Rasmussen University will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available.
Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
Total program cost varies by full-time vs. part-time learning.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.