Information and Computer Science
Cisco Certified Network Associate Training Program
Park 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.
CurriculumCisco recommends four areas of study in preparing for the CCNA exam. Park University's CCNA curriculum focuses on these critical areas of study:
1. Network Fundamentals
- CS 365 Computer Networking
Prerequisite: CS 208 and CS 151, or instructor consent. This course provides an overview of computer networking concepts. Course topics include: network topologies and cabling, local and wide area networking, Ethernet, wireless, OSI 7-Layer Model, routing, and logical and physical network addressing. The course may include various hands-on networking projects.
- CS 366 Computer Networking Laboratory
Co-requisite or prerequisite: CS 365 or instructor consent. This 1-credit lab 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.
2. Routing Protocols and Concepts
- CS 371 Internetworking
Prerequisites: CS 365 and CS 366 This course introduces a variety of routing protocols and concepts. Course topics include: static and dynamic routing, packet forwarding, distance-vector and link-state routing protocols, routing tables, VLSM and CIDR. This course may include various hands-on networking projects.
3. LAN Switching and Wireless
- CS 372 Advanced Networking
Prerequisites: CS 365 and CS 366 This course introduces Local Area Network switching and wireless networking. Course topics include: LAN and Virtual LAN design and switching, VLAN trunking protocol, Spanning Tree Protocol, Inter-VLAN routing and wireless LAN communications. This course may include various hands-on networking projects.
4. Accessing the WAN
- CS 385 Modern Developments in Advanced Networking
Prerequisites: CS 371 and CS 372 This course introduces WAN technologies and network services. Course topics include: WAN technologies, connection options, troubleshooting and security. This course may include various hands-on networking projects.
About the Program and CCNA CertificationThe 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.
– John Dean, assistant professor and department chair