NS14 Networking Specialist Diploma

Offered at the Griffin Campus and Henry Site

Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Minimum Length of Program: 5 terms
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 54

Program Description

The Computer Information Systems - Networking Specialist program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, and computer networking. Program graduates are qualified for employment as networking specialists.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post - secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope;
  • Meet assessment requirements.


All Prerequisite courses must be completed with at least a ‘C’ grade.

Course Expiration

To ensure that students graduate with current skills in Computer Information Systems all CIST courses must be taken within five years prior to graduation. Courses older than five years must be retaken. Courses transferred from other colleges also follow the five year rule.

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Please note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See program advisor for any questions.

Contact Us

Steve White, M.S., Program Coordinator/Department Chair

Email: Steven.White@sctech.edu          

Phone: (770) 467-6041   


Program Courses

Choose one Networking Specialization:

Microsoft Windows Specialization and CISCO CCNA Specialization

If students choose to take both Networking specializations together: be advised the credit hours are 61.

Program Courses

First Term
COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


CIST 1001Computer Concepts


CIST 1130Operating Systems Concepts


ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I


Second Term
CIST 1401Computer Networking Fundamentals


CIST 2411Microsoft Client


CIST 2451Introduction to Networks - CISCO


Third Term
CIST 1601Information Security Fund


CIST 2452Cisco Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials


CIST 2453Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation


EMPL 1000Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development


Fourth Term
CIST 2413Microsoft Server Networking


CIST 2412Microsoft Server Installation and Maintenance


CIST Elective (4)

Fifth Term
CIST 2414Windows Server Identity Services


MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics


CIST 1122Hardware Installation and Maintenance


Specific Occupational Elective

Programming courses approved by Advisor

Note: It is suggested that students take both of the networking specialty tracks. This will meet the requirements of the networking electives.