Program Description

Prepares learners to protect and defend critical IT infrastructure and data. This program is for learners who enjoy experimenting with technology and solving complex abstract puzzles. Learners’ ingenuity, attention to detail and analytical skills will be developed through hands on labs. Coursework will focus on analyzing the cyber threat landscape, implementing innovative controls and actively defending against attacks. Learners will also have the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials like CompTIA Security +.

Starting Salary

$62,296
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Available

100% Online

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
100%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Develop security documentation
  • Mitigate risk
  • Analyze security data
  • Conduct security testing
  • Implement secure infrastructures
  • Identify security strategies

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Specilaist
  • IT Security Analyst
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Information Security Officer
  • Data Security Administrator

Courses

The IT - Cybersecurity Specialist Associate Degree is a 60 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY 2.00
CISCO 1 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 1 3.00
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS 1 3.00
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS 2 3.00
MATH & LOGIC 3.00

Second Term

WINDOWS SERVER 1 3.00
LINUX SERVER 1 3.00
CISCO 2 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 2 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00

Third Term

COMMAND-LINE SHELLS AND SHELL SCRIPTING 1 1.00
COMMAND-LINE SHELLS AND SHELL SCRIPTING 2 1.00
COMMAND-LINE SHELLS AND SHELL SCRIPTING 3 1.00
PROGRAMMING FOR SECURITY PROS 1.00
FOOTPRINTING AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING 1.00
VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS 1.00
SECURITY+ 1 1.00
SECURITY+ 2 1.00
SECURITY+ 3 1.00
TECHNICAL REPORTING 3.00
THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY 3.00

Fourth Term

FIREWALL 1.00
VPN / CRYPTOGRAPHY 1.00
INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEMS 1.00
MONITORING / LOGGING 1.00
BUSINESS CONTINUITY 1.00
INCIDENT RESPONSE 1.00
SECURITY POLICY 1.00
SECURITY AUDITING AND COMPLIANCE 1.00
SECURE DESIGN 1.00
SECURITY CAPSTONE 3.00
IT CAREER SKILLS 1.00
IT INTERNSHIP 1.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.