IT-Network Systems Administration | Western Technical College

IT-Network Systems Administration

Associate of Applied Science

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Financial Aid Eligible

Your interest in computer systems can translate into a career as a valued member of a technical team. In-demand network systems administrators install, maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade computer networks to keep businesses operating smoothly.

Through this program you will explore both Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Local Area Networks (LANs). Other responsibilities could include installing and managing client and server software, enforcing account security, implementing backup and disaster plans, and protecting the network from malware.

Technical courses are taught with a combination of classroom study and lab work, and all students complete their studies with an internship.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

IT-Network Systems Administration

This program will cost about $10,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

IT-Network Systems Administration 2017-2018 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding9
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2539
Median Hourly Wage$10.00$18.11
Hourly Wage Range$10.00 -$10.00$12.69 - $30.73
Median Annual Salary$37,658

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • IT Support Specialist 1; Gundersen Health System, Onalaska, WI
  • Bench Tech; CCS Technologies, La Crescent, MN
  • IT Administrator; River Bank, Stoddard, WI
  • Partner; Pearing Solutions, Holmen, WI
  • Systems Engineer; Iron Corps Inc, Onalaska, WI
  • Network Specialist, Mayo Clinic, La Crosse, WI
  • Owner; Pearing Solutions, Holmen, WI

Career Opportunities

Network Administrator
Network Analyst
Unix/Linux System Administrator
Windows System Administrator

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Implement computer networks
  • Implement client systems
  • Implement server operating systems
  • Implement network security components
  • Develop technical documentation
  • Troubleshoot network systems
  • Maintain the network infrastructure

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

IT-Network Systems Administration

Career Pathways

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