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Cisco Certified Network Associate

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The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®)  Exploration Curriculum, offered through Wentworth Institute of Technology, is designed for individuals who are seeking entry-level information and communication technology skills.  Wentworth's CCNA courses provide an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and soft-skill development.

Wentworth's CCNA program is conveniently designed for busy adults, with a sequence of seven week courses that allow you to quickly gain career-enhancing skills. After completing all four courses, you will be prepared to take the Cisco CCENT or Cisco CCNA certification exam.

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Admissions Requirements

Each Course

  • Length: 7 weeks
    Two class meetings per week
  • CEUs: 2.8

Course Descriptions

TCNA0110 Network Fundamentals: This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Labs use a "model Internet" to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. Packet Tracer (PT) activities help students analyze protocol and network operation and build small networks in a simulated environment. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling, performing basic configurations of network devices such as routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes.

TCNA0120 Routing Protocols and Concepts: This course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the principles of routing and routing protocols.  Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, and OSPF.  By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems.  Students complete a basic procedural lab, followed by basic configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting labs in each chapter.  Packet Tracer activities reinforce new concepts, and allow students to model and analyze routing processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand. Prerequisite: TCNA0110 Network Fundamentals

TCNA0130 LAN Switching and Wireless: This course provides a comprehensive, theoretical, and practical approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network. Students learn about the hierarchical network design model and how to select devices for each layer. The course explains how to configure a switch for basic functionality and how to implement Virtual LANs, VTP, and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network. The different implementations of Spanning Tree Protocol in a converged network are presented, and students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. Prerequisites: TCNA0110 Network Fundamentals and TCNA0120 Routing Protocols and Concepts

TCNA0140 Accessing the WAN: This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in enterprise networks. The course uses the Cisco Network Architecture to introduce integrated network services and explains how to select the appropriate devices and technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to implement and configure common data link protocols and how to apply WAN security concepts, principles of traffic, access control, and addressing services. Finally, students learn how to detect, troubleshoot, and correct common enterprise network implementation issues. Prerequisites: TCNA0110 Network Fundamentals; TCNA0120 Routing Protocols and Concepts; TCNA0130 LAN Switching and Wireless

Program Notes: Courses are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs), not college credit. Courses are designed to be taken one at a time and in sequence. 

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