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These days, the Internet and privately-owned intranets and extranets keep everyone connected. Whether you want to talk, transfer data, send a message or watch a video, it all travels through a variety of networks. As more people and companies become dependent on these networks, more problems need to be overcome. These include:

  • Bad connections
  • Loss of bandwidth
  • Crashed or corrupt files
  • Threats from hackers
  • Computer viruses
  • Identity theft
  • Online fraud and credit card theft

More skilled technicians will be needed to install, maintain, manage, repair and secure complex network systems. According to Computerworldmagazine, high-profile breaches have prompted company executives to ramp up the demand for qualified security professionals to the highest levels since 9/11.

In addition, new uses for computer-based networks are being developed everyday. In the healthcare industry alone, new systems are needed to manage patient records and new databases are being developed to run DNA sequencing. Opportunities are out there for those who have what it takes.

If you’re tech savvy and cool under pressure, this could be a great career field.

Successful information technology professionals know how to work effectively under pressure. They’re cool-headed under a crisis and willing to work long hours to fix problems.

A career in information technology could be right for you if you:

  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Can work well in a wide range of environments
  • Find technical problem-solving very satisfying
  • Are better at thinking, organizing and understanding than persuading
  • Work well alone and in a team

All bachelor’s degree concentrations below provide a foundation for students to prepare for certifications in: CCNA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux +, CompTIA Network +, Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – No Major or Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Network Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology Management – Information Technology (except for those associated with NT 210 and NT 341)

IT Certifications Broken Out by Course

CourseCore/ElectiveCertification Test
IS 185 & IS 186Core (All)CompTIA A+
IS 186Elective (All)CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-701; and CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-702
NT 215 or IS 284 & IS 286Core (All)CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
NT 210Elective (All)70-640, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008
NT 200Elective (All)70-642, The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008
NT 180Core (All)70-646, Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator (Also 70-680, Windows 7, Configuring)
IS 112Core (All)CompTIA Network+
IS 191Core (All)CompTIA Linux+
IS 282Core (Network Management & Security Technology programs)CompTIA Security+
NT 341Core (Network Management & Security Technology programs)70-662, Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
*Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator

At Herzing, we give you a foundation to help you start working toward certifications.

We build our curriculum specifically so many of our required classes are related to a computer certification. This means you can enhance you employment opportunities by earning certifications in a wide range or areas before graduation!

Depending on their program and choice of electives, the courses and their corresponding certifications may be:

ProgramCourse #Course NameCertification
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 112Computer Networks 
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**IS 186Computer Architecture & Troubleshooting IIA+
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 191Linux AdministrationLinux +
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 282Network SecuritySecurity +
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**NT 160Network Operating SystemsExam 70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**NT 170Server Operating SystemsExam 70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 180Network and Server Operating SystemsExam 70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Exam 70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 200Network InfrastructureExam 70-642 (earns Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS):
Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration)
ASIT**, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 210Directory Services AdministrationExam 70-640 (earns Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
(MCTS): Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration)
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*NT 215Routers and SwitchesCCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
ASIT*, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT*IS 284Routers and Switches ICCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
ASIT**, BSIT**, & BSTM-IT**IS 286Routers and Switches IICCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
ASIT**, BSIT*, & BSTM-IT**NT 341Mail ServersExam 70-236 MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – Configuration

Students taking and passing the following certifications listed above will earn the Microsoft Certified IT Professional certification (MCITP): 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646.
*Required course in a program.
**Elective course in a program.

Other certifications include:

Other certifications that selected IT programs may assist students in attempting includes:

MCTS: Windows Vista certifications include:

  • Windows Vista, Configuring
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008
  • Active Directory Configuration
  • Network Infrastructure Configuration
  • Applications Infrastructure Configuration

MCITP: Server Administrator

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration)
  • Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration)
  • PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration)
  • Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration)
  • Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration)
  • Windows Vista Configuration
  • Business Desktop Deployment
  • PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator


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