IT - Network Specialist Associate Degree | Northcentral Technical College

IT - Network Specialist

Associate Degree

The IT-Network Specialist Program prepares learners to support the critical IT infrastructure that modern businesses need to function. This program is designed for learners who enjoy technology, experimenting and learning, are detail-oriented, and desire to help businesses and people succeed. Learners gain hands on experience installing, configuring and managing various technologies and devices from leading vendors like Microsoft, VMWare, and Cisco. The program helps to prepare the graduate to test for certifications such as Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate), Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA Voice, CompTIA Network +, CompTIA Linux +, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams. Potential occupations include: Network and Computer Systems Administrator, Network Technician, VoIP Technician, Computer Support Specialist and Help Desk Technician; and with experience Computer System Analyst, Network and Systems Engineer, and Computer Network Architect.

program at a Glance

IT - Network Specialist 69 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Mostly Available
  • Medford Mostly Available
  • Phillips Mostly Available
  • Spencer Mostly Available
  • Wittenberg Partially Available

Approximate Cost

$12,855 (Tuition: $10619, Books: $2236)

Average Starting Salary

$40,160 Annually, based on the 2016 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Implement computer networks
  • Implement client systems
  • Implement server operating systems
  • Implement network security components
  • Develop technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot network systems

Potential Careers

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Technician
  • VoIP Technician
  • Network and Systems Engineer
  • Computer Support Specialist

Course List

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Course List

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This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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Then, submit one of the following:

Documentation can be sent via email to, 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 of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. 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 the documentation you’ve submitted and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.

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