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Elevate Your Future in IT: Explore the Comprehensive IT Network Specialist Program at ICOHS College

Hybrid & Online program options available.

Welcome to the IT Network Specialist Program at ICOHS College, where we bridge the gap between education and industry demands by providing a comprehensive curriculum that aligns with globally recognized certifications such as Cisco’s CCNA, CompTIA A+, and CompTIA Network+ – as well as offering specialized training in cybersecurity through CompTIA Security+. 

Why Choose ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program: 

  • Comprehensive Certification Preparation: Be exam-ready for globally recognized certifications, opening doors to diverse career opportunities. 
  • Hands-On Learning: Gain practical experience through hands-on training or virtual 3d training online, ensuring you can apply your skills in real-world scenarios. 
  • Industry-Relevant Curriculum: Stay abreast of industry standards and emerging trends, setting you apart as a well-rounded IT professional. 
  • Career-Focused Training: Prepare not just for a job but for a successful and fulfilling career in the dynamic field of Information Technology. 

ACCET is listed by the U. S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. 

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Program Information

HYBRID (IN-PERSON & ONLINE) AND FULLY ONLINE PROGRAM OPTIONS AVAILABLE.
Key Features Aligned with Industry Standards:
  • CCNA-Infused Networking Expertise: Our program mirrors the CCNA certification, ensuring you master networking fundamentals, IP services, security essentials, and automation/programmability. Designed for agility and versatility, CCNA validates your ability to manage and optimize advanced networks, making you a trusted professional in the ever-changing IT landscape.
  • CompTIA A+ Core Series Integration: Embrace the evolving demands of the IT workforce with training inspired by CompTIA A+ Core Series. Covering SaaS applications, remote troubleshooting, core technologies, multiple operating systems, and hybrid workforce support, you’ll be equipped with the skills needed to excel in today’s dynamic IT environments.
  • CompTIA Network+ Mastery: Unlike vendor-specific certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares you to support networks on any platform. Our program ensures you acquire specific networking skills and lays the groundwork for designing and implementing functional networks on the job.
  • Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity Training with CompTIA Security+: Launch your cybersecurity career with a core foundation of essential skills through CompTIA Security+. Widely adopted in the industry, this certification assesses your on-the-job skills with hands-on, performance-based questions, ensuring you’re well-prepared to problem-solve in real-life situations and excel in the evolving cybersecurity landscape.
  • Embrace Cybersecurity Trends: Stay ahead by understanding and applying the latest trends in cybersecurity, including automation, zero trust, risk analysis, operational technology, and IoT. Our program ensures you are well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity technology, techniques, and tools.

Embark on a transformative educational journey that not only equips you with the skills needed by industry leaders but also positions you at the forefront of the ever-evolving IT landscape. Choose ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program for a career that is both dynamic and impactful.

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Prerequisites: None
This course provides students the IT Fundamentals. Students learn foundational concepts related to computer hardware and software, networking, databases, programming, information systems, and data security. The course includes a number of hands-on labs to reinforce the concepts students are learning.

Prerequisites: None
Students will learn computer components and specifications, how to troubleshoot PC Hardware problems and understand how to solve computer maintenance issues. This course is designed to prepare you to pass the CompTIA A+ Core 1 certification. The CompTIA A+ Certification is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles.

Prerequisites: PC 101 or equivalent
Students will learn to install various operating systems, understand software concepts, such as, creating, managing, and troubleshooting virtual machines, while implementing various operating systems parameters in Microsoft and Linux environments. Students will learn how to troubleshoot software issues, understand operating system security postures, and understand how to solve computer software issues. This course is designed to prepare you to pass the CompTIA A+ Core 2 certification. The CompTIA A+ Certification is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles

Prerequisites: PC 102 or equivalent
This course covers all the objectives of the CompTIA Network+ certification test. The topics of focus will include networking devices, media, media specifications, networking theory, troubleshooting, policies, basic security, network operations, TCP/IP protocols, and tools.

Prerequisites: NET 101 or equivalent
This course covers the second half of the objectives of the CompTIA Network + certification test. The topics of focus will include networking devices, media, media specifications, networking theory, troubleshooting, policies, basic security, network operations, TCP/IP protocols, and tools. This course will prepare students to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

Prerequisites: None
Course objectives and coverage include introduction to career services, goal setting, advanced resume, and cover letter, understanding the hiring process, networking and social media, job searching and the market, interview prep and salary worth, understanding how to answer common questions, mock interview and the follow up process.

Prerequisites: NET 102 or equivalent
This course teaches the skills required to be an entry-level computer and network security technician. Completion of this course identifies the student as a knowledgeable professional in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Security threats are increasing in number and severity and the gap between the need for security professionals and qualified IT personnel is the largest of any IT specialty. Even in a troubled economy, most businesses plan to maintain or increase their investment in security.

Prerequisites: NET 102 or equivalent
This course teaches knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, routing technologies, infrastructure services, and infrastructure maintenance. is the course that develops the knowledge and abilities to achieve Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) . The CCENT certification is a tangible first step in achieving other associate-level certifications. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security The Cisco certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking.

Prerequisites: RS 101 or equivalent
RS102 is the second of three courses that make up Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This course covers a breadth of topics, including network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals. In addition, CCNA includes security and automation and programmability. This course provides the foundation for achieving further CISCO certification.

Prerequisites: RS 102 or equivalent
RS103 is the third of three courses that make up Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This course covers a breadth of topics, including security, automation, and programmability. This course is the final in a three-part preparation for CISCO certification.

The Network Technician Certification Program will prepare you for your career by attaining the necessary technical skills to pass various industry certifications such as:
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate

The CCNA credential validates your ability to manage and optimize advanced networks. The exam covers networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability.

CompTIA A

CompTIA A+

Passing the CompTIA A+ exam demonstrates a core set of skills pertaining to information technology. CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world.

CompTIA Network

CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ tests your ability to securely establish, maintain and troubleshoot essential networks security. Unlike other vendor-specific networking certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares candidates to support networks on any platform. CompTIA Network+ is the only certification that covers the specific skills that network professionals need.

CompTIA Security

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification a candidate should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills

Hybrid Schedule Options:

  • 2 days of online lectures
  • 1 day of on campus Lab work
Daytime Option:

Tuesday - Thursday
9:30am - 4:00pm

Evening Option:

Monday - Thursday
5:45pm - 10:15pm

Online-Only Schedule Options:

  • 2 days of online lectures
  • 1 day of virtual lab work
  • 2 instructor meetings per week

The theoretical, lecture, online lab functions, and lab simulators are online. This allows students who need the most schedule flexibility to complete assignments by their weekly deadlines. The program sets attainable learning objectives for students and outlines explicit deadlines for reading assignments, quizzes, labs, and other assignments.

ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program is designed for individuals who are passionate about pursuing a rewarding and dynamic career in the field of Information Technology (IT). This program caters to:

  1. Aspiring IT Professionals: Individuals who are eager to enter the IT industry and want a comprehensive education covering fundamental and advanced networking concepts.
  2. Career Changers: Those looking to make a career transition into the high-demand field of IT, providing the necessary skills and certifications to succeed.
  3. IT Enthusiasts: Individuals with a keen interest in IT, hardware, software, networking, and cybersecurity, seeking to turn their passion into a well-rounded and practical skill set.
  4. Recent Graduates: Graduates in computer science or related fields aiming to enhance their practical skills and improve employability in the competitive IT job market.
  5. IT Professionals Seeking Specialization: Current IT professionals looking to specialize in networking and cybersecurity to advance their careers and stay abreast of industry trends.
  6. Those Pursuing Cisco and CompTIA Certifications: Individuals specifically interested in obtaining industry-recognized certifications such as CCNA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.
  7. Job Seekers Wanting a Competitive Edge: Job seekers who want to stand out in the job market by acquiring a diverse skill set and relevant certifications sought after by employers.

Whether you are starting your IT journey, aiming for career advancement, or seeking a specialized skill set in networking and cybersecurity, ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program provides a comprehensive and hands-on approach to prepare you for success in the dynamic world of Information Technology.

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*Each IT student receives a laptop to support their studies and future career! The laptop is for the student to keep and use for online assignments, tests, and projects.

HYBRID (IN-PERSON & ONLINE) AND FULLY ONLINE PROGRAM OPTIONS AVAILABLE.
Key Features Aligned with Industry Standards:
  • CCNA-Infused Networking Expertise: Our program mirrors the CCNA certification, ensuring you master networking fundamentals, IP services, security essentials, and automation/programmability. Designed for agility and versatility, CCNA validates your ability to manage and optimize advanced networks, making you a trusted professional in the ever-changing IT landscape.
  • CompTIA A+ Core Series Integration: Embrace the evolving demands of the IT workforce with training inspired by CompTIA A+ Core Series. Covering SaaS applications, remote troubleshooting, core technologies, multiple operating systems, and hybrid workforce support, you’ll be equipped with the skills needed to excel in today’s dynamic IT environments.
  • CompTIA Network+ Mastery: Unlike vendor-specific certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares you to support networks on any platform. Our program ensures you acquire specific networking skills and lays the groundwork for designing and implementing functional networks on the job.
  • Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity Training with CompTIA Security+: Launch your cybersecurity career with a core foundation of essential skills through CompTIA Security+. Widely adopted in the industry, this certification assesses your on-the-job skills with hands-on, performance-based questions, ensuring you’re well-prepared to problem-solve in real-life situations and excel in the evolving cybersecurity landscape.
  • Embrace Cybersecurity Trends: Stay ahead by understanding and applying the latest trends in cybersecurity, including automation, zero trust, risk analysis, operational technology, and IoT. Our program ensures you are well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity technology, techniques, and tools.

Embark on a transformative educational journey that not only equips you with the skills needed by industry leaders but also positions you at the forefront of the ever-evolving IT landscape. Choose ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program for a career that is both dynamic and impactful.

young network engineer JH3CSWF

Prerequisites: None
This course provides students the IT Fundamentals. Students learn foundational concepts related to computer hardware and software, networking, databases, programming, information systems, and data security. The course includes a number of hands-on labs to reinforce the concepts students are learning.

Prerequisites: None
Students will learn computer components and specifications, how to troubleshoot PC Hardware problems and understand how to solve computer maintenance issues. This course is designed to prepare you to pass the CompTIA A+ Core 1 certification. The CompTIA A+ Certification is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles.

Prerequisites: PC 101 or equivalent
Students will learn to install various operating systems, understand software concepts, such as, creating, managing, and troubleshooting virtual machines, while implementing various operating systems parameters in Microsoft and Linux environments. Students will learn how to troubleshoot software issues, understand operating system security postures, and understand how to solve computer software issues. This course is designed to prepare you to pass the CompTIA A+ Core 2 certification. The CompTIA A+ Certification is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles

Prerequisites: PC 102 or equivalent
This course covers all the objectives of the CompTIA Network+ certification test. The topics of focus will include networking devices, media, media specifications, networking theory, troubleshooting, policies, basic security, network operations, TCP/IP protocols, and tools.

Prerequisites: NET 101 or equivalent
This course covers the second half of the objectives of the CompTIA Network + certification test. The topics of focus will include networking devices, media, media specifications, networking theory, troubleshooting, policies, basic security, network operations, TCP/IP protocols, and tools. This course will prepare students to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

Prerequisites: None
Course objectives and coverage include introduction to career services, goal setting, advanced resume, and cover letter, understanding the hiring process, networking and social media, job searching and the market, interview prep and salary worth, understanding how to answer common questions, mock interview and the follow up process.

Prerequisites: NET 102 or equivalent
This course teaches the skills required to be an entry-level computer and network security technician. Completion of this course identifies the student as a knowledgeable professional in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Security threats are increasing in number and severity and the gap between the need for security professionals and qualified IT personnel is the largest of any IT specialty. Even in a troubled economy, most businesses plan to maintain or increase their investment in security.

Prerequisites: NET 102 or equivalent
This course teaches knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, routing technologies, infrastructure services, and infrastructure maintenance. is the course that develops the knowledge and abilities to achieve Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) . The CCENT certification is a tangible first step in achieving other associate-level certifications. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security The Cisco certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking.

Prerequisites: RS 101 or equivalent
RS102 is the second of three courses that make up Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This course covers a breadth of topics, including network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals. In addition, CCNA includes security and automation and programmability. This course provides the foundation for achieving further CISCO certification.

Prerequisites: RS 102 or equivalent
RS103 is the third of three courses that make up Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This course covers a breadth of topics, including security, automation, and programmability. This course is the final in a three-part preparation for CISCO certification.

The Network Technician Certification Program will prepare you for your career by attaining the necessary technical skills to pass various industry certifications such as:
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate

The CCNA credential validates your ability to manage and optimize advanced networks. The exam covers networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability.

CompTIA A

CompTIA A+

Passing the CompTIA A+ exam demonstrates a core set of skills pertaining to information technology. CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world.

CompTIA Network

CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ tests your ability to securely establish, maintain and troubleshoot essential networks security. Unlike other vendor-specific networking certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares candidates to support networks on any platform. CompTIA Network+ is the only certification that covers the specific skills that network professionals need.

CompTIA Security

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification a candidate should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills

Hybrid Schedule Options:

  • 2 days of online lectures
  • 1 day of on campus Lab work
Daytime Option:

Tuesday - Thursday
9:30am - 4:00pm

Evening Option:

Monday - Thursday
5:45pm - 10:15pm

Online-Only Schedule Options:

  • 2 days of online lectures
  • 1 day of virtual lab work
  • 2 instructor meetings per week

The theoretical, lecture, online lab functions, and lab simulators are online. This allows students who need the most schedule flexibility to complete assignments by their weekly deadlines. The program sets attainable learning objectives for students and outlines explicit deadlines for reading assignments, quizzes, labs, and other assignments.

ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program is designed for individuals who are passionate about pursuing a rewarding and dynamic career in the field of Information Technology (IT). This program caters to:

  1. Aspiring IT Professionals: Individuals who are eager to enter the IT industry and want a comprehensive education covering fundamental and advanced networking concepts.
  2. Career Changers: Those looking to make a career transition into the high-demand field of IT, providing the necessary skills and certifications to succeed.
  3. IT Enthusiasts: Individuals with a keen interest in IT, hardware, software, networking, and cybersecurity, seeking to turn their passion into a well-rounded and practical skill set.
  4. Recent Graduates: Graduates in computer science or related fields aiming to enhance their practical skills and improve employability in the competitive IT job market.
  5. IT Professionals Seeking Specialization: Current IT professionals looking to specialize in networking and cybersecurity to advance their careers and stay abreast of industry trends.
  6. Those Pursuing Cisco and CompTIA Certifications: Individuals specifically interested in obtaining industry-recognized certifications such as CCNA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.
  7. Job Seekers Wanting a Competitive Edge: Job seekers who want to stand out in the job market by acquiring a diverse skill set and relevant certifications sought after by employers.

Whether you are starting your IT journey, aiming for career advancement, or seeking a specialized skill set in networking and cybersecurity, ICOHS College’s IT Network Specialist Program provides a comprehensive and hands-on approach to prepare you for success in the dynamic world of Information Technology.

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*Each IT student receives a laptop to support their studies and future career! The laptop is for the student to keep and use for online assignments, tests, and projects.

ICOHS College Tuition & Financial Aid Options

 ICOHS College offers assistance in applying for scholarships, federal aid, military benefits, and monthly payment plans to help you build an affordable and manageable education plan. Financial Aid only available for those that qualify.

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$3,000 Institutional Scholarship
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Federal Financial student Aid
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Cal Grant
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Veteran & Military Benefits
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Cash or Zero to Low Interest Payment Plan

Career Outlook For IT Network Specialist

Career Outlook For IT Network Professionals

After completing our network technician training, students will be able to pursue various careers in the computer industry. Certificate holders may choose to work in an office environment managing network devices or work independently.

As a professional, you will need to implement and manage computer networks, troubleshoot network problems, and even perform basic network security. Support specialists are not necessarily bound to the 9-5 work schedule. If preferred, professionals may choose to work nights, weekends, or other time slots outside of traditional office hours.

CAREER OUTLOOK: IT Network Specialists

Is becoming a Network Technician a good career?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs among network technicians is projected to increase by nine percent over the next ten years, with over 844,000 new jobs hitting the market each year.

Lifetime Career Placement Assistance

ICOHS College offers lifetime job assistance. We offer our students resume and cover letter review and support, mock interviews, and access to our list of partners and companies that want to hire them! So regardless of how long ago a student has graduated, they can always return to ICOHS College for job assistance.

Although we cannot guarantee a job, as the actual interview and determination are up to the employer, we will support them throughout the process.

Our Career Services team is constantly in contact with businesses that are looking for new staff. We send out timely email notices of internships and openings, and we help you prepare for your application!

At any time during and after your program, you can send us your resume and cover letter for feedback and editing, and we will always make time to do mock interviews and train you to get the job you want.

Note: Self- employment is a common vocational objective after completion of this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the IT Network Specialist Program?

The program typically spans 12 months, allowing students to delve into a comprehensive curriculum while providing flexibility to accommodate diverse learning styles.

Can I pursue this program if I have no prior experience in IT?

Absolutely! The IT Network Specialist Program is designed for individuals at various skill levels, including beginners. Our curriculum starts with foundational concepts and progresses to advanced topics, ensuring all students can build a strong skill set.

Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in the program?

There are no specific prerequisites for enrollment. However, a basic understanding of computer usage and a passion for IT are beneficial. Our program is structured to accommodate diverse backgrounds and experiences.

What certifications will I be prepared for upon completion of the program?

Graduates will be well-prepared for globally recognized certifications, including Cisco’s CCNA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+. These certifications are highly valued in the IT industry and enhance your marketability.

Is hands-on experience part of the program?

Yes, hands-on learning is a crucial component of the program. Students engage in practical exercises, lab work, and real-world simulations to apply theoretical knowledge in practical settings, ensuring readiness for the workforce. If you are in the fully online program, you will have access to virtual hands-on 3d lab exercises.

Our curriculum is regularly updated to align with industry standards and emerging trends. In addition, our instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom, providing insights into the latest advancements in the IT landscape.

Is career support provided after completing the program?

Yes, ICOHS College is committed to helping students succeed in their careers. Our Career Development services include resume building, interview preparation, job placement assistance, and networking opportunities to support your transition into the workforce.

Can I pursue further education after completing the IT Network Specialist Program?

Absolutely. Many graduates choose to continue their education by pursuing advanced degrees such as ICOHS College’s Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. Speak with your admissions advisor to learn how credits transfer.

What sets ICOHS College's program apart from others?

Our program stands out due to its hands-on approach, industry-relevant curriculum, experienced instructors, and the emphasis on preparing students for globally recognized certifications. The focus on both networking and cybersecurity ensures graduates have a well-rounded skill set.

Is financial aid available for the IT Network Specialist Program?

ICOHS College offers various financial aid options and assistance. Our admissions team can guide you through the available options, including scholarships, grants, and financing plans.

Feel free to reach out to our admissions team if you have additional questions or if there’s anything specific you’d like to know about the IT Network Specialist Program at ICOHS College.

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By submitting this form, you accept the terms of our privacy policy and give your express written consent for ICOHS College to contact you regarding our programs and services using email, telephone or text – including our use of automated technology for calls and periodic texts to any wireless number you provide. Message and data rates may apply. This consent is not required to purchase goods/services and you may always call us directly at 858-581-9460.
Terms & Conditions

By submitting this form, you are giving your express written consent for ICOHS College to contact you regarding our programs and services using email, telephone or text – including our use of automated technology for calls and periodic texts to any wireless number you provide. Message and data rates may apply. This consent is not required to purchase goods/services and you may always call us directly at 858-581-9460.