Computers: Network and System Administration, A.A.S.

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Program Information

Information technology continues to grow day by day, and you can take advantage of the many opportunities in this field through Iowa Western's Network and System Administration program. Here you'll learn how to install, maintain, and administer network operating systems. Training in the installation and maintenance of hardware and software for servers and desktops is also offered.

As you work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, you'll learn from Microsoft and Cisco certified instructors. This program will prepare you for entry as a help desk expert, system administrator, or data center technician.

Students who complete this A.A.S degree will have earned a Computers: Desktop Support, Computers: Network Administration, and a Computers: System Administration certificate by completion.

Job Outlook

9,241 Jobs (2020)

+2.7% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Network and system administrators implement and maintain interconnected computer systems. They manage local-area networks, wide-area networks, Internet and intranet connections, and other business-critical networks. They also ensure necessary hardware is in working order and secure. Network administrators are also involved in the design of systems, including needs analysis, business evaluations, development, and security. Graduates of this program are eligible for an entry-level position as a technician or support employee.

Network administrators are in a strong position in this economy. As computer networks become a more and more important part of business and communications, there’s a vast need in a wide variety of industries for professionals who can install, upgrade, and maintain these systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are due to increase by 27% between 2006 and 2016.


  • Entry: $24.61
  • Average: $36.14
  • Experienced: $74.53

Career Examples

  • Java Developers
  • System Administrators
  • Network Engineers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • IT Help Desk Specialists
  • Security Engineers
  • IT Support Analysts
  • Support Specialists

First Semester

SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 790 - PC Support I 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 121 - Operating Systems 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 315 - Cloud Systems Administration 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

CIS 332 - Database and SQL 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 313 - Windows Server 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 418 - LINUX Administration 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 204 - Introduction to Networks 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Third Semester

NET 495 - Virtual Infrastructure 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 343 - Windows Directory Services 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 127 - Introduction to Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 612 - Fundamentals of Network Security 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 311 - Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials 3.0 Credit(s)
PHI 142 - Ethics in Business 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

NET 278 - Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 780 - Computer Projects 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 810 - Computer Internship 2 1.0 - 8.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 795 - Desktop Support Practicum 1.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


1May substitute MAT 102  or higher.

2Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits for program completion. 


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrate use of analytical skills in systems and networks through troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Construct a computer network.
  • Design a relational database.
  • Install operating systems.
  • Illustrate end user communication skills.
  • Configure a secure system.
  • Apply project management skills.
  • Analyze network traffic.

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