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Computer Network Design and Administration

Are you interested in technology and how it can be applied to build connections between people in different places? Network design and administration could be the right career for you.

In this program, you'll develop the critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain computer networks. You’ll practice optimization, troubleshooting, and using different operating systems and hardware such as Microsoft, CISCO, or LINUX/UNIX.

Whether you want to work as a network administrator, engineer, analyst, or technician, this program prepares you to join a growing technological industry.

  1. Install and configure servers, workstations, routers, switches, network cabling and wireless devices.
  2. Show knowledge of network topologies, protocols and technologies.
  3. Analyze and troubleshoot a network and its peripherals.
  4. Perform administrative tasks on a network.
  5. Establish communications between similar and dissimilar networking systems.
  6. Monitor network performance.
  7. Show a strong working knowledge of network security policies and procedures.
  8. Develop research skills and techniques.
Note: All program required software is available in CIS labs. Student discounts are available for purchasing software for home use.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

The Network Design and Administration program prepares students as local- and wide-area network administrators. Successful completion of the program provides students with the essential skills of network administration including network design, implementation, maintenance, optimization, and troubleshooting, utilizing a variety of network operating systems, and hardware platforms and protocols. These include but are not limited to Microsoft, Cisco and UNIX. Upon completion, students have covered objectives leading toward professional certification. Effective oral and written communications are emphasized throughout the program.

Degree Prerequisites/Requirements:

  • CIS 110 or permission of Department Chair
All required courses must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or better before proceeding to the next quarter or before a diploma is awarded.

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Total Program Credits: 20

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
CIS 236
Windows Server Administration  
CIS 244
Windows Server Installation and Configuration  
CIS 263
Advanced Windows Server  
CIS 277
Database Administration  
Total Credits

Estimated costs for completing this program

WA Resident
$ 1,761
$ 2,084
$ 3,830
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 17
$ 17
$ 17
Institutional Fees
$ 535
$ 535
$ 535
Total Costs
$ 3,015
$ 3,338
$ 5,083

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Tami Absalonson
    Tami Absalonson
    Computer Informat Systems
    A.A.S., Master Electronics Technical Certificate, Spokane Community College; Vocational Teaching Certificate, Eastern Washington University
  • Scott Dawson
    Scott Dawson
    Computer Informat Systems
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; A.A.S., Spokane Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University
  • Laura Kier
    Laura Kier
    Computer Informat Systems
    B.S., Oregon State University; Additional Studies, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Oregon State University; Certification, CCNA
  • Loni Bentz
    Loni Bentz
    Certification, Spokane Community College; A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., M.S.W., Eastern Washington University

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Scott Dawson

Computer Information Systems