The Networking Specialist associate degree program is a sequence of courses designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics, as well as in the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, and computer networking. Graduates are qualified for employment as networking specialists.
Students may enter the Networking Specialist degree program any semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 66 semester credit hours.
Individuals wanting to enroll in the Networking Specialist degree program must show initiative; be willing to continue education as technology advances; be interested in operating systems and applications, networking theory and solutions, configuring, and troubleshooting; be organized; have the ability to multi-task; and possess a strong work ethic.
Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode
- North Campus (Sandersville)
- South Campus (Dublin)
- Online (Distance Education)
$30,000.00 – $60,000.00
Tuition & Fees: $8,255.00
Books & Supplies: $2,300.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)
Graduates of the Networking Specialist degree program are prepared for performing many different types of jobs. Graduates can find employment in the areas of computer hardware and software sales, installation and repair, computer networking, system design and analysis, security, troubleshooting, and software and technical support. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.
Submit a completed application and application fee;
Be at least 16 years of age;
Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.
The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy.
For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.
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Prerequisites: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Test Scores
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.473AREA III - Natural Sciences/MathematicsChoose one of the following:MATH1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3 credit hours45 contact hours
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Prerequisites: Appropriate Degree Level Math Placement Test Score or MATH 0098 and MATH 0099.Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.187AREA IV - Humanities/Fine ArtsChoose one of the following:ENGL2110World Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
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Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
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Prerequisites: ENGL 1101
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constitutional framework, federalism, civil liberties and civil rights, public opinion, the media, interest groups, political parties, and the election
process along with the three branches of government. In addition, this course will examine the processes of Georgia state government.
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Prerequisites: Program Admission
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Prerequisites: Program Admission
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Prerequisites: 3185XXXXXXXXCIS Operating Systems Course3 credit hours0 contact hours
Prerequisites: 965XXXXXXXXCIS Security Course3 credit hours0 contact hours
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Prerequisites: Program Admission
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