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Computer system administrators and technicians with IT network certification are in high (and growing) demand in the workforce. Employers are actively seeking IT professionals who can analyze their organization’s technical requirements and implement new technology seamlessly.

In less than one year*, you’ll receive in-depth, hands-on training that can lead to an Information Technology Diploma, so you can compete successfully for jobs in:

  • Systems and network administration
  • Technical support
  • Computer marketing and sales
  • Computer repair
  • And more

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What Does an Information Technology Diploma Involve?

  • Creating applications office workers rely on
  • Installing and upgrading computer software
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting IT networks and servers
  • Developing, customizing, and maintaining databases

As technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate, companies need IT professionals to maintain their current IT networks and incorporate new advancements into their operations without interruption. IT professionals must have the creativity and technical skills to develop customized technical solutions which can enhance performance and productivity. An IT professional has to be able to recognize security threats and react to them appropriately.

Course # Course Title Credits
INT100 Computer Hardware Essentials 6.5
INT101 Computer Software Essentials * 6.5
INT102 Windows Fundamentals 6.5
INT103 Introduction to Networking * 6.5
INT104 Network Security Fundamentals * 6.5
INT105 Network Analysis and Design * 6.5
INT106 Server Administration * 6.5
INT211 Information Technology Externship * 6.5

Computer Hardware Essentials


In Computer Hardware Essentials, the student will develop a working knowledge of the parts of a computer utilizing a hands-on approach to the material. The course covers computer components, installation, configurations, maintenance and troubleshooting of computer hardware, peripherals, and laptops. Computer safety will also be discussed. Upon the completion of IT100 and IT101, students will be eligible to sit for and obtain CompTIA A+ certification.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Computer Software Essentials


In Computer Software Essentials, the student will learn the fundamental concepts and gain the hands-on, real world experience necessary to support software, operating systems, basic security, and virtual aspects of computer maintenance and repair. The student will also learn and apply proper troubleshooting theory and procedure. Upon the completion of IT101 and IT100, students will be eligible to sit for and obtain CompTIA A+ certification.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Windows Fundamentals


In Windows Fundamentals, the student will be instructed in the key features of Windows operating systems. The goal is for each student to develop a working knowledge of management of a Windows OS, and its file systems, directories, and interfaces. Troubleshooting, customization, deployment, monitoring, and task management will also be covered.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to Networking


Introduction to Networking course is based on the CompTIA Network+ and portions of the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certification exams. The course provides an introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. The goal is to teach fundamental concepts and provide the hands- on, real world experience necessary to understand and support basic network infrastructure and devices. Additionally, the course covers all physical aspects of installing network system components and cabling. Upon the completion of IT103 AND IT105 the student will be eligible to sit for and obtain CompTIA Network+ certification.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Network Security Fundamentals


In Network Security Fundamentals, the student will learn about security components, protocols, common vulnerabilities and defenses, and virtualization, as well as topics of increasing importance in the industry as a whole. Data and host security, as well as wireless security components will be covered. The student will plan, administer, and evaluate workstation and network security as a part of the course.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Network Analysis and Design


Network Analysis and Design expands upon the concepts presented in IT103 by delving into more advanced networking topics including routing and remote access, addressing, and security. Network monitoring and troubleshooting are taught in context. This course prepares the student with the skills necessary to support a small to medium sized business or ISP. By the end of the course, the student will be prepared to sit for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Elements of this course map to portions of the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certification.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Server Administration


In the Server Administration course the student will learn configuring, managing, and troubleshooting networking features and services in a Windows Server environment. The goal of the course is for the student to gain knowledge of server networking, Domain Name Systems, Active Directory, and other services associated with Windows Server network infrastructure. By the end of the course, the student will complete a server virtualization setup.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Information Technology Externship


The Externship will be a culminating activity that provides a way for the student to demonstrate the working knowledge and skills they acquired during their academic experience with Vista College along with the research, communication and technology skills relevant to today’s work environment. Students nearing the end of their program will complete a reflective portfolio, a resume that integrates and demonstrates what they have learned, and 180 hours of externship.

6.5 credits
5 theory hours
180 externship hours

Build your successful IT career on a better platform!

Our Information Technology Diploma program will prepare you to look for an entry-level job in the IT field. After you graduate, you can seek employment in any organization that uses technology in their operations. Some of the job titles IT professionals can have include engineer, programmer, website producer, webmaster, and network administrator.

We have been preparing highly-motivated people like you for successful careers for more than 30 years.

Our Diploma in Information Technology or systems administrator certification can be your ticket to your dream job … or even to start your own business.

To learn more, simply complete the form below, if you haven’t already, and your personal Admissions Representative will contact you shortly to answer all your questions.


You’ll Learn How To:

  • Provide technical support
  • Develop technical solutions for a professional environment
  • Market and sell computers and technical equipment
  • Integrate systems and databases

The Information Technology field is one of the most exciting market segments right now. We can help you prepare to take advantage of this dynamic and rewarding career

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