Advanced Technology and Allied Health

Computer Systems and Networking Technology

For more information concerning CSNT or other technology degrees and certificates call (501) 882-8822 or email us

What is Computer Systems and Networking Technology?

It is a hands on approach to teaching PC/Networking and Computer Hardware/Software. Emphasis is not only placed on the hardware skills of computer systems, but also on the soft skills (written and verbal communications) that business and industry are demanding of their employees.


A CSNT graduate will have the skills to:

  • Design, install, configure and support Microsoft Windows 2008 Server for local, national and global businesses
  • Upgrade, repair and maintain computer hardware and software
  • Configure and maintain current operating systems such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Linux
  • Train users in software applications.
  • Secure a networked environment
  • Complete basic computer forensics investigations
  • continue into the Bachelor of Science in Technology (located on the Beebe campus)

What can a graduate expect?

Professional work environments ranging from PC consulting firms to large multi-national companies to small, family-owned businesses.


One degree, many opportunities

  • Network Administrator
  • Computer Consulting
  • Help Desk
  • Install and Support Software Applications
  • Software Trainer
  • Field Technician
  • Bench Technician
  • Database Operator
  • Professional Certifications

Professional Certifications

The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems and Networking Technology degree prepares students to complete nationally recognized professional certifications in the following areas:

Microsoft

  • MCP Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows 2008 Server
  • Core tests towards the MCSE

Cisco

  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
  • Regional Academy for Cisco Systems Inc. -- the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet

CompTIA

  • A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+
  • CompTIA's (Computing Technology Industry Association) A+ certification is an entry level certification for computer hardware/software but also in Windows 9X/200X/XP and customer service.
  • The Network+ indicates the candidate possesses the knowledge needed to configure and install the TCP/IP client.
  • Earning the CompTIA Linux+ designation means that the candidate can explain fundamental management of Linux systems from the command line, demonstrate knowledge of user administration, understand file permissions/software configurations and manage local storage devices and network protocols.
  • The Security+ covers industry-wide topics, including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, and operational security.

Average Program Graduate Salaries

Based on information from Arkansas Occupational Employment and Wage Survey, July 2013.
http://www.discoverarkansas.net/admin/uploadedpublications/537_oespub.pdf

Computer Systems & Networking Technology Average Starting Salary:

$23,510 - $44,670

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