Information and Computer Science


Cisco Certified Network Associate Training Program

Cisco Networking AcademyPark is a Cisco Networking Academy, a global education program that provides practical training on how to design, build, troubleshoot and secure computer networks. It has been established in colleges and universities in more than 160 countries. Park’s CCNA courses will be taught by Cisco certified teachers.

The CCNA program validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification. It is considered the base certification for many other specialized certifications, such as CCVP, CCNP and CCIP.

Park’s first CCNA course, CS 365 (Computer Networking), has prerequisites of CS 208 (Discrete Mathematics) and CS 151 (Introduction to Programming), or consent of the instructor. The consent-of-instructor option is for students who are not seeking an ICS degree.

To accommodate all ICS students (not just the networking students), CS 365 focuses primarily on basic networking concepts. Networking students should take the one-credit CS 366 (ComputerNetworking Laboratory) course to supplement their CS 365 course with CCNA-specific lab work. After CS 365 and CS 366, networking students take three additional CCNA courses as part of the CCNA program. All of the courses are taught online and at the Parkville Campus.


Curriculum

Cisco recommends four areas of study in preparing for the CCNA exam. Park University's CCNA curriculum focuses on these critical areas of study:

1. INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKS

CS 365 Computer Networking
Prerequisites: CS 208 and CS 151, or instructor consent.
This course provides an overview of computer networking concepts. Course topics include (but are not limited to): network topologies and protocols, local and wide area networking, layering model, and logical and physical network addressing. Additionally, the course may contain various hands-on networking projects. This course includes the concepts in a course recommended by Cisco for Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) as the first area of study. 3:0:3

CS 366 Computer Networking Laboratory
Co-requisite or Prerequisite: CS 365 or instructor consent.
This course provides students opportunities to practice computer networking concepts through hands-on networking projects. Students will experiment with and evaluate various networking utilities. Course projects will reinforce the concepts learned in CS 365. Together, this course and CS 365 include the concepts in a course recommended by Cisco for Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) as the first area of study. 1:0:1

2. ROUTING AND SWITCHING ESSENTIALS

CS 371 Internetworking
Prerequisites: CS 365 and CS 366
This course introduces a variety of routing and switching concepts. Course topics include (but are not limited to): static and dynamic routing, packet forwarding, and switching technologies. Additionally, the course may contain various hands-on networking projects. This course includes the concepts in a course recommended by Cisco for Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) as the second area of study. 3:0:3

3. SCALING NETWORKS

CS 372 Advanced Networking
Prerequisite: CS 371
This course introduces a variety of advanced routing and switching concepts. Course topics include (but are not limited to): advanced functionalities in dynamic routing protocols and switching mechanisms. Additionally, the course may contain various hands-on networking projects. This course includes the concepts in a course recommended by Cisco for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching. 3:0:3

4. CONNECTING NETWORKS

CS 385 Modern Developments in Advanced Networking
Prerequisite: CS 372
This course introduces WAN technologies and network services. Course topics include (but are not limited to): WAN technologies, connection options, troubleshooting, and security. Additionally, the course may contain various hands-on networking projects. This course includes the concepts in a course recommended by Cisco for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching. 3:0:3

About the Program and CCNA Certification

The Park University Cisco Certified Network Associate training program is a sequence of five courses that are part of the Networking and Security specialty area within the Information and Computer Science degree program. The training program prepares students to sit for the CCNA exam and provides them with a set of marketable skills. After completing the training program, students are encouraged to register for the CCNA exam at a CCNA testing center.

"The CCNA certification provides students with the fundamental skills necessary to administer business networks. This adds value to our bachelor’s degree in computer science. If students in that program take the classes then pass the CCNA test, it will add market value to their resume, and that usually equates to more money in the job market."
– James Tucker, director of telecommunications

"A Cisco certification is viewed as the gold standard in the industry and is highly regarded by employers."

– John Dean, assistant professor and department chair