Computer Analyst - Networking Administration and Tech Support

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Computer Analyst - Networking Administration and Tech Support

Subject Area: Information & Technology (IT)

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 69

Location: Peosta

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer


The Computer Analyst program (Associate of Applied Science) offers two AAS options: Business and Web Programming and Networking Administration and Tech Support. The common core provides students with the flexibility of changing options at the conclusion of the first semester. Combining robust technical skills with strong communication skills is important to successfully prepare you for employment in today’s computer industry. The program is designed to prepare students for a position as an application programmer, maintenance programmer, web designer or web developer, technical support person, microcomputer consultant, trainer, networking administrator or network support person.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CIS:101 Computer Ethics 3.0
CIS:115 Intro to Large Computer Systems 1.0
CIS:122 Programming Logic and Design 3.0
CIS:197 Fundamentals of Web Design 3.0
CIS:450 Project Lead the Way®–Computer Science and Software Engineering     3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 2
CIS:207 Fundamentals of Web Programming 3.0
CIS:242 Information Security 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
NET:156 Operating Systems 3.0
NET:725 Networking Essentials 3.0


Term 3
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
* Psychology Elective 3.0


Term 4
CIS:303 Intro to Database 3.0
CIS:505 Structured Systems Analysis 4.0
NET:103 Troubleshooting 3.0
NET:318 Windows Server and Workstation 3.0
NET:684 TCP/IP for Networking 4.0


Term 5
CIS:649 PC Clinic 2.0
NET:153 Advanced Networking 4.0
NET:453 UNIX 3.0
NET:946 Seminar 3.0
* Math Elective 3.0

This Associate of Applied Science degree program requires a minimum of 15 credits of transfer-level general education electives from Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science. Three of these hours can include SDV:179 The College Experience.  If The College Experience course is waived or transfers in for less than three credits, an additional general education elective from the areas listed above is required.


Math Electives: MAT:102, MAT:744, transfer-level MAT
Psychology Electives: PSY:111, PSY:112, PSY:2518  

Note: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $43,326 - $63,654 and a projected growth of 19.3%, the career outlook for Computer Analyst - Networking Administration and Tech Support graduates is outstanding.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Employers of NICC Alumni

Cottingham & Butler, Dubuque, IA
Crescent Electric, East Dubuque, IA
Dependable Solutions, Prairie Du Chien, WI
Dubuque Community Schools, Dubuque, IA
Dubuque Data Services, Dubuque, IA
Energy Manufacturing, Monticello, IA
Flexsteel, Dubuque, IA
Georgia Pacific, Appleton, WI
IBM, Dubuque, IA
Northeast Iowa Community College, Dubuque and Peosta, IA
TC Networks, Dubuque, IA
Theisens, Dubuque, IA
Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Western Dubuque Community Schools, Farley, IA

Sample Job Titles

Account Focal: Systems Compliance Services
Branch Technician
Database & Help Desk Coordinator
Hardware Tech Support
IT Analyst
IT Support

Transfer Information

The Computer Analyst-Networking Administration program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.


Barry Eichelberger
Computer Science Instructor

Patricia Oberbroeckling
Computer Science Instructor
563.556.5110, ext. 235