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IT - Computer Support Specialist 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

CLIENT-SIDE WEB DEVELOPMENT 1 (10152310)

Credits: 3.00

Applies the basic concepts of computer programming using JavaScript, with an emphasis on structured programming, exception handling, debugging, testing and writing event handlers. Learners will create JavaScript applications using Microsoft Visual Studio. Additional topics include: online software development resources, programming and documentation standards, variable lifetime/scope, data types, control structures and mathematical calculations.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Computer Science (additional assessment required)

COLLABORATIVE COMPUTING (10152371)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces collaborative computing solutions from the user, developer and administrator perspectives. Learners will create a needs assessment, develop a project plan and implement a collaboration solution. Additional topics include workflows, the telecommuting workplace, remote work environments and real-time accessibility.

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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

COMPUTER HARDWARE FUNDAMENTALS 2 (10154102)

Credits: 3.00

Learn advanced PC operating system structure, features and use. Explore in depth hard drive management, file sharing and command line. Helps learner prepare for CompTIA's A+ Certification exams.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • CompTIA® A+ 220-802 Certification
  • CompTIA® A+ 220-902 Certification

DATA CONCEPTS (10152331)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces relational database and structured data file storage concepts, with an emphasis on database design, normalization and query creation. Learners will define and use structured data files, design databases and write queries. Additional topics include: database terminology, data types, primary/foreign keys, relationships and entity relationship diagrams (ERDs).

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DATA REPORTING (10152335)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces database querying and reporting using leading tools and frameworks. Learners will design, create and publish reports that access both relational and XML datasets using a variety of tools including Crystal Reports and Microsoft SQL Reporting Services. Additional topics include SQL, report distribution, data security and ethical handling of sensitive data.

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ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Learners will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

HEALTHCARE IT (10154150)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces the learner to the unique requirements of IT support in the healthcare environment. Focuses on the four pillars of the healthcare ecosystem, key regulations that affect IT such as HIPAA, HITECH and PCI, terms and acronyms, workflow, clinical and administrative applications.

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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

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SUPPORT (10154104)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces learners to the field of user support professionals. Learning will focus on providing quality customer support, problem solving while exploring software quality assurance, information technology project development methodologies and strategies for keeping current in an ever changing field

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • HDI® Customer Service Representative Certification
  • HDI® Support Center Analyst Certification
  • HDI® Desktop Support Technician Certification
  • HDI® Technical Support Professional Certification
  • HDI® Support Center Team Lead Certification
  • HDI® Support Center Manager Certification
  • HDI®Desktop Support Manager Certification
  • CompTIA® A+ Certification

INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (10804189)

Credits: 3.00

Students taking Introductory Statistics display data with graphs, describe distributions with numbers, perform correlation and regression analyses and design experiments. They use probability and distributions to make predictions, estimate parameters and test hypotheses. They draw inferences about relationships including ANOVA.

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Statistics

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

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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SERVICE SKILLS (10154111)

Credits: 3.00

Applies the elements of high customer satisfaction in a real life setting. Learners analyze the "soft skills" and self-management skills needed in a computer support setting. Learners will learn to provide effective customer service and support in a technical environment.

Industry Credentials Accepted:

  • HDI® Customer Service Representative Certification
  • HDI® Support Center Analyst Certification
  • HDI® Desktop Support Technician Certification
  • HDI® Technical Support Professional Certification
  • HDI® Support Center Team Lead Certification
  • HDI® Support Center Manager Certification
  • HDI® Desktop Support Manager Certification

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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WEB DESIGN 1 (10152211)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) coding techniques and the development of text content to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively on the web. Learners will create/modify web pages using HTML tags and style the web pages with CSS. Additionally, learners will create and edit text content. For the final course project, learners will create a personal website portfolio. Additional topics include: copyright considerations, text editors, FTP utilities and browser tools.

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WELCOME TO ONLINE LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS (10154132)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces learners to many of the skills they will need to be successful in the online courses of their program. Includes Learning Style, Time Management, Windows Skills, Using Blackboard and NTC email and more.

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.

NTC Assessments Offered:

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.