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IT - Network Specialist (Unified Communications) Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

CISCO 1 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 1 (10150185)

Credits: 3.00

Examines both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking, including: comparison of human versus network communications; introduction to the OSI and TCP/IP models; gain familiarity with the various network devices and network addressing schemes; and discover the types of media used to carry data across the network. By the end of this course, the learner will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches and implement IP addressing schemes. Admission to IT Program is required.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CISCO™ CCENT
  • CISCO™ CCNA

CISCO 2 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 2 (10150186)

Credits: 3.00

Examines the concepts and commands required to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches for basic functionality. Technologies include Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), static and default routing, Access Control Lists (ACLs), Virtual LANs (VLANs), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP) and 820.1q.

NTC Assessments Offered:

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CISCO™ CCENT
  • CISCO™ CCNA

CISCO 3 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 3 (10150187)

Credits: 3.00

Examines the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. Learners will configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, learners will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Learners will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

NTC Assessments Offered:

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CISCO™ CCNA

CISCO 4 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 4 (10150188)

Credits: 3.00

Examines the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables learners to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Learners will configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Learners will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

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Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CISCO™ CCNA

COMPUTER HARDWARE FUNDAMENTALS 1 (10154100)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces learner to terms, concepts and functions of personal computers. Demonstrate knowledge of proper function and use of computer internal and external components, system configuration, data backup and peripherals. Helps learner prepare for CompTIA's A+ Certification exams.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CompTIA® A+ 220-801 Certification
  • CompTIA® A+ 220-901 Certification

ENTERPRISE VIRTUAL SERVERS (10150181)

Credits: 3.00

Implement and manage enterprise virtual server environments. Learners will administer virtual machines, networking, storage, user access, resource usage, scalability, migrations and data protection.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

IT CAREER SKILLS (10152398)

Credits: 1.00

Surveys the skills required to succeed in the IT job market. Learners will write IT-targeted resumes/cover letters, complete IT job applications, perform IT job searches, participate in IT mock interviews, self-market using social media, create a portfolio and network with IT professionals. Additional topics include creating a targeted cover letter/resume and IT interview preparation.

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IT INTERNSHIP (10152399)

Credits: 1.00

Provides exposure to working in the information technology field. Learners will apply/interview for, obtain and complete a minimum of a 108-hour internship in their specialization of IT. Additional topics include writing IT-targeted resumes/cover letters, performing job searches, self-marketing using social media and creating a portfolio.

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MATH & LOGIC (10804133)

Credits: 3.00

Students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra and number bases.

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MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS (10804123)

Credits: 3.00

This course covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, apply math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, apply math concepts to the selling process and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.

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NETWORK ADMINISTRATION 1 (10150121)

Credits: 3.00

Provides the student with a thorough grounding in Windows® Server®. Once the student completes the competencies for this class, they will be able to install, configure and administer a Microsoft® Windows® Server operating system. This course will place the student on the correct track in becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • Microsoft® 70-410 Certification

NETWORK SECURITY (10150124)

Credits: 3.00

Develops the skills necessary to design and support a security system for an Intranet/Internet installation. Students will secure network devices, integrate firewall technologies, implement intrusion prevention and secure network connections through virtual private networks.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CISCO™ CCNA Security 640-554 Exam Security + Certificate

NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING (10150182)

Credits: 3.00

Utilizes multiple operating systems, multiple hardware platforms and a variety of network devices and tools as a foundation to instruct the student in troubleshooting methodologies and network monitoring.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • VMware® Certified Associate 5 or later - Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware® Certified Professional 5 or later - Data Center Virtualization
  • CISCO™ Certified Network Associate or greater
  • Microsoft® Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2008 or later
  • Microsoft® Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Windows Server 2008 or later
  • CompTIA® Network + and CompTIA® A+ Certifications
  • CompTIA® Server + Certification

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY (10150114)

Credits: 2.00

Discover the various technical and administrative aspects of information security and assurance. This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features.

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SPEECH (10801198)

Credits: 3.00

Explores the fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups. Topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques and other essential elements of speaking successfully, including the listening process form the basis of the course.

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TECHNICAL REPORTING (10801197)

Credits: 3.00

Prepare and present written, oral and visual communication products, including instructions, proposals, informal and formal reports. Produce clear, usable communication by incorporating information design principles, arranging content to satisfy diverse audience needs and presenting visuals for various contexts. Designed as an advanced course to develop collaborative communication practices, information literacy skills and ethically responsible professional communication strategies.

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THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY (10809103)

Credits: 3.00

This course provides instruction on the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives and more are considered in depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations. Classroom instruction is demonstration, discussion, project and teamwork based. Assignments range from the short and simple to the detailed and complex. Reality and practicality are the focuses all through the course. These skills are in high demand by employers. Having this course in your background can significantly enhance your appeal as an employee. It certainly will make you a more adept and confident person.

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UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS 2 (10150118)

Credits: 3.00

Prepares learners to configure the software applications and services that are Unified Communications. Unified Communications 2 is an emerging class of applications and services designed to improve communications within the modern organization--to keep workgroups connected, enable them to collaborate effectively and streamline business processes. Learners will configure a converged network environment to establish unified messaging, Voice over IP, conferencing and presence in a mobile business.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
Skill Demonstration
A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.