Computers: System Administration Certificate

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Program Information

Careers in information technology are abundant, and you can be on your way to working as a system administration tech in just two semesters with Iowa Western’s System Administration Certificate program.

Students in this program learn from Microsoft and Cisco certified instructors in our state-of-the-art computer labs. Coursework is limited to the most hands-on applied courses you will need to successfully learn how to install, maintain, and administer network operating systems.

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Computers: Network and System Administration A.A.S degree.

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

The Computers: System Administration Certificate program is designed to place students directly into the workforce upon completion of the two-semester certificate.  The certificate program prepares students for entry-level careers in information technology maintaining network operating systems. Graduates of this program who wish to earn an advanced degree and prepare for higher level jobs should continue on to complete the Computers: Network and System Administration program.


  • 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

CIS 127 - Introduction to Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 790 - PC Support I 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 121 - Operating Systems 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 9.0 Credits

Second Semester

NET 313 - Windows Server 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 418 - LINUX Administration 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 6.0 Credits

Third Semester

NET 343 - Windows Directory Services 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 495 - Virtual Infrastructure 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 332 - Database and SQL 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 9.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 24.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrate troubleshooting and problem solving skills with systems and network.
  • Construct a computer network.
  • Design, create and maintain a relational database.
  • Install PC systems.
  • Effectively interact with users.
  • Administer and maintain computer networks.

Program Disclaimers

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