Network Design and Administration Associate in Applied Science Degree

Southwestern Illinois College’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Network Design and Administration is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to obtain entry-level positions in the growing field of networking.

Accelerated Degree Option

Anyone who has completed an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Network Design and Administration by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work. For more information, contact the program coordinator, Matt Swinford, at 618-931-0600, ext. 7374 or

Certificate Programs

Network Associate Certificate

The Network Associate Certificate provides course work for a range of networking subjects to prepare the student for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam through Cisco Systems. Individuals will gain hands-on experience with network equipment, including routers and switches, as part of their education. Four classes are required to achieve the Network Associate certificate from SWIC.

Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate

The Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate provides the skills needed to plan, implement, upgrade and monitor security measures to safeguard digital files and electronic infrastructure. Students are prepared for five professional certification exams.

Career Opportunities

Account Representative E-Mail Administrator Network Installer Software Engineer/Support
Assistant Network Manager Help Desk Specialist Network Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Computer Repair Technician Help Desk Technician Network Technician Systems Engineer
Computer Support Specialist Network Administrator Network Troubleshooter Systems Manager
Computer Technician Network Communications Operations Analyst WAN/LAN Manager

For details about career opportunities, review the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additional information is available from SWIC Career Services.