IT-Systems Administration Specialist
63 Credits | 2 Year
Ashland, New Richmond*, Rice Lake, Superior
Full program available at the Ashland, Rice Lake, and Superior campuses
*First-year coursework fully available at the New Richmond campus and complete your full program Online or at any of our other campuses.
Career Cluster: Information Technology
As an information technology professional, you will work with exciting new technologies to implement and maintain computer systems. IT professionals are in demand and you can typically expect to enjoy generous compensation packages while working in climate controlled office environments.
The first year of the IT-Systems Administration Specialist program provides you with a foundation in computer systems along with strong networking skills. These skills will allow you to support and manage computer systems and the networks connecting them.
The second year of the program focuses on server administration, database administration, virtualization and cloud computing concepts. Students learn how to securely install, configure and manage servers in a virtualized environment. The curriculum provides skills to help prepare students for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), AWS Certified Solutions Architect, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+ and Server+ certifications.
IT-Systems Administration Specialist graduates will be able to:
- Support server operations
- Manage virtualization technologies
- Manage client operating systems
- Manage services in a cloud environment
- Develop scripts for IT automation
As an IT-Systems Administration student you will learn by using the same technologies used by professionals in the field. You will be working on current equipment from industry leaders including Dell, IBM, and Lenovo virtualization servers, Cisco networking equipment, and EMC storage arrays.
Free access to industry software.
Use industry-leading technology.
Learn by doing.
The program is available at all four campuses. Full program available via On Site or Hybrid instruction at the Ashland or Rice Lake campus. First-year coursework fully available at the New Richmond campus and complete your full program Online or at any of our other campuses.
Earn a Network Technician technical diploma upon completion of the first year of the program. After graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology-Systems Administration Specialist, take an additional year and earn a double major as an Information Technology-Cybersecurity Specialist.
As a student, you'll have access to industry-leading software, hardware and curriculum for reduced or no cost through Northwood Tech's membership in the Amazon AWS Academy, VMware IT Academy, Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance, Cisco Networking Academy, and CompTIA Authorized Academy.
Prepare yourself for in-demand industry certifications. Most courses in IT-Systems Administration program align with popular certifications such as VMware Certified Profession (VCP), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), AWS Certified Solutions Architect, CompTIA A+, Network+, Linux+, and Server+.
Program specific subjects include virtualization, cloud computing, database administration and storage components. The required courses also include networking concepts, Linux and LAN administration.
IT-Systems Administration Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway
As an IT-Systems Administration Specialist student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
This technical diploma is embedded in the IT - Systems Administration Specialist program.
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
Tuition and Fees
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Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
IT-Systems Administration Specialist
63 Credits | 2 Years
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech IT-Systems Administration Specialist Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn an IT-Network Technician technical diploma and an IT-Systems Administration Specialist associate degree.
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