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IT 2250

Networking Specialist

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10  Weeks
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Avg. Starting Salary*
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This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: AR, LA, ND, NV, OK, PA, RI, WI

Please review our State Restriction page to view what restrictions there may be in your state/region of residence or employment and ensure you are eligible for enrollment. These restrictions may not apply to students taking programs through an employer, academic or government-sponsored model - including MyCAA and Army, Air Force or Coast Guard Credentialing Assistance. To determine eligibility, please confirm with your sponsor or review our military spouse MyCAA-approved or Military Credentialing Assistance-approved programs.

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We believe everyone should have access to higher education. With the option to pay in full, break down payments or utilize government grant funding, we help expand that access.

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*Students in Maryland are not eligible for MedCerts payment plans but may be eligible for other tuition options. Speak to an Education Consultant for further information.

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MedCerts offers financial aid options through these government grant-funded programs – MyCAA, Workforce Funding (including WIOA), and Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance or COOL funding for the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. Those eligible include Military Spouses; active duty Army, Reserves, and National Guard members; active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard, and US Space Force; active duty Coast Guard and SELRES members (enlisted and officers); or workforce-funded qualifying job seekers. Speak to an Education Consultant to see if you qualify.

What does a Networking Specialist do?

Network Specialists analyze, troubleshoot, and evaluate computer network problems. They ensure networks function efficiently by collecting performance data, monitoring security, anticipating problems, and troubleshooting any issues. More advanced IT pros may be responsible for building and designing communication networks as well. They play an important role in maintaining an organization’s network and keeping them safe and secure through both hardware configuration and end-user training. Network specialists and administrators are responsible for day-to-day operations and network architects and engineers design and build local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets. Depending on the size of the company, these roles may be combined.

Entry Level Jobs in the US
Network Specialists will see available jobs grow 3% over the next ten years.
All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

What You’ll Learn
IT 2250
Networking Specialist

The IT-2250: Networking Specialist program is recommended for beginning IT professionals looking to start in the field of networking. Networking is the backbone of the entire IT industry, and at its core is communication. Communicating between networks allows people to connect, share information, and collaborate. This program is designed to provide a foundational, or entry-level pathway toward two key networking certifications well known throughout the world of IT: Cisco Certified Technician (Routing and Switching), and CompTIA Network+.

This comprehensive program begins with Customer Service Skills for Techies, which teaches critical soft skills that help students improve their communication and customer service skills – but with an emphasis on improving these skills in an IT environment. From there, the foundations of networking are presented in Networking Fundamentals. The course contains almost 30 modules that cover a wide range of networking concepts – and provides a great launching-off point for the next three courses in the program.

The networking community has chosen Python as the language of choice to use for Network Programmability and allows individuals to build scripts to automate network configurations. It’s the most widely used programming language for networking today and an essential skill for network engineers to learn now. As such, this program contains a short course – Hands-on Python for Networking Professionals.

The Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) credential is ideally suited to someone who has little or no Cisco or networking experience - especially if the candidate wants to focus their career on working with Cisco products. Candidates who successfully pass the Cisco CCT exam will be able to service, repair, and hot-swap Cisco products, be familiar with the Cisco UCS and NX-OS operating modes, and be able to navigate and use the Cisco Graphical User Interface. Considered by many industry professionals to be the best foundation for Cisco networking beginners, the CCT Routing and Switching credential focuses on on-site support and maintenance of Cisco routers, switches, and operating environments. The Cisco Certified Technician Routing and Switching course adequately prepares the student for the final course in the program, Network+.

Earning Network+ Certification means the student has the knowledge needed to use and maintain a wide range of networking technologies and validates their proficiency in networking administration and support. Students learn through hands-on labs, demo activities, and recorded video lectures. CompTIA Network+ validates the technical skills needed to securely establish, maintain, and troubleshoot the essential networks that businesses rely on. Unlike the CCT certification, CompTIA Network+ prepares candidates to support networks on any platform.

Upon completion, MedCerts will sponsor the cost of both the CCT Routing and Switching and Network+ exams.

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  1. Identify and work with various network typologies and network types, including LANs, WANs, VLANs
  2. Configure and implement network access control settings, permissions, authentication, and network hardening measures through an understanding of fundamental network security concepts
  3. Provide, create, or update technical documentation for network diagrams, plans and procedures, audit & assessment reports, baseline configurations, disaster recovery, service-level agreements, and other documents
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of how to architect, manage, and maintain a network infrastructure, including related equipment, such as routers, switches, cabling, as well as legacy components
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Enrollment Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment

MedCerts-Covered Materials*

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. Competency assessments
  3. National Certification exam fee

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches

*The cost of all materials needed for this program are covered by MedCerts. They are not included in the tuition costs and the student is not liable for any costs or fees related to the above materials.

Required Courses

Customer Service Skills for Techies

16 hours
1 Week

As the title suggests, this series looks at customer service skills, specifically for those in a technical role. It explores the world of interpersonal skills, as well as principles for effective communication, and also takes a look at the most common issues reported to the Service Desk. This series is intended for those with a passion for good customer service; those who want to improve their communication skills, and those who are looking at a career in a service desk environment.

    • Understand and define communication principles that should be applied to all channels of communication
    • Understand the skills needed to listen and interpret what users or clients are communicating to you
    • Define and understand Emotional intelligence, along with how it is used to manage emotions for effective communication between parties
    • Explore communication in Service Desk use cases

Networking Fundamentals

16 hours
1 Week

This course is for anyone interested in getting started in networking. It will introduce the student to a wide range of networking concepts such as infrastructure, hardware, standards, specifications, and addressing.

    • Learn, identify, and understand the different layers of network infrastructure and how the components work in tandem
    • Understand how to build a physical network with network hardware and components
    • Identify and understand various protocols, and how IP addressing is associated and used within the network layer of the OSI model
    • Understand how to gather and abstract information about a network using command-line tools and utilities
    • Learn various Cisco iOS commands for router, switch, and network security appliance administration

Hands-on Python for Networking Professionals

16 hours
1 Week

When you are planning, creating, and managing networks, some of the tasks can be repetitive and time-consuming. Scripting allows you to automate these tasks to allow for reproducibility, scaling to larger systems, and collaborating with other use versioning. In this course, we will see how to utilize Python to make your life as a networking professional a little easier.

    • Understand how Python can be used when interacting with various protocols and services
    • Understand how to capture and handle errors that arise with Python
    • Understand how to utilize Python to create reusable software tools for automating routine tasks
    • Apply Python programming fundamentals for network management and network analysis

Cisco Certified Technician Routing and Switching

16 hours
1 Week

The Cisco CCT Routing and Switching course is not for the complete novice to computing and networking but is designed to increase the level of competency in networking fundamentals, configuring devices remotely, basic troubleshooting (layer 1 and layer 2), and recognizing connectivity issues. Also, you will become familiar with Cisco devices and systems that a field technician will need to develop as they assist clients with their networking equipment.

    • Understand networks, the different types, and how network communications work.
    • Understand the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS) software operating modes
    • Identify Cisco router and switch models, accessories, cabling, and interface.
    • Troubleshoot and support Cisco Routers, switches, and operating environments.
    • Understand routing and switching basics.
IT 2013

Network +

96 hours
6 Weeks

Network + builds on existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer operating systems and networks to present fundamental skills and concepts that students will use on the job in any type of networking career. This course is designed to provide network technicians with the foundation-level skills they need to install, operate, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a corporate network. This course will help prepare students for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. CompTIA recommends students have CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent experience prior to attempting the exam. As in the A+ Comprehensive course, students gain critical hands-on experience through a series of Performance Based Exam Prep Simulations. These simulations are a mixture of Operating System and Application Training Demonstrations, Interactive Graphic Windows Exercises, Interactive Command-Line Windows Exercises, and Interactive Configuration and Identification Exercises. The simulations are blended into the training, to provide reinforcement of topics, as well as to provide the critical “hands-on” learning experience necessary to gain competency.

    • Manage and troubleshoot a basic network infrastructure, using common ports and networking protocols
    • Understand and apply networking technologies and basic network design principles
    • Install, configure and differentiate between common network devices
    • Install and manage wired and wireless networks, adhering to standards and using modern testing tools
    • Identify and troubleshoot performance and connectivity issues
Code Course Duration
IT-1012 1 Week
IT-2023 1 Week
IT-2015 1 Week
IT-2016 1 Week
IT 2013 6 Weeks
Total Program Duration 10 Weeks

Networking Specialist

Job Opportunities

Network Technician

$30,000 – $67,000*
Estimated Salary
Career Potential

Network Administrator

$39,000 – $79,000*
Estimated Salary
Entry Level

Network Installer

$29,000 – $61,000*
Estimated Salary


  1. This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin
  2. While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate prerequisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.

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