Aspiring broadband technicians can pursue studies towards a certificate or an associate's degree. Associate's degree programs contain general education coursework in addition to broadband-specific courses; credits earned in these degree programs may transfer to a 4-year university, reducing the length of time for a student to earn a bachelor's degree.
Schools With Broadband Technician Programs
Broadband technician programs are offered at the institutions listed here:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (Undergraduate, 2015-2016)*|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's|| In-district $5,275
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's|| In-state $2,805
|St John's University-New York||Queens, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's, Bachelor's||$36,680|
|SUNY Polytechnic Institute at Utica-Rome||Utica, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's|| In-state $7,759
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Certificate|| In-state $2,474
|Waubonsee Community College||Sugar Grove, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's|| In-district $2,832
|Western Iowa Tech Community College||Sioux City, IA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's|| In-state $4,104
|Yakima Valley Community College||Yakima, WA||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate's|| In-state $4,225
|Central Texas College||Killeen, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's|| In-district $2,280
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
There are some key things to consider when selecting a program in this field.
- Prospective students should determine whether the school is affiliated with the National Coalition for Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL). These programs are only offered on a part-time schedule.
- In addition to considering NACTEL programs, individuals should identify whether the school is affiliated with any local broadband companies. Some schools offer programs designed in connection with cable companies that are not affiliated with the NACTEL.
- Students should consider whether their schedule permits them to complete any internship requirements. Most programs include a specific number of hours a student must work in the field prior to being eligible for graduation.
- Programs without internships often include extensive lab instruction. Students should ensure that they are able to complete these labs.
Certificate programs in broadband technology are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in broadband sales or installation. Credits earned in a certificate program are usually not transferable to another degree program. Usually requiring 18-27-course credit hours, instruction in these programs includes telecommunications standards and codes, fiber installation, system activation and cabling and customer relations.
Associate of Science
Broadband technician associate's degree programs require approximately 60 course-credit hours of study. Most programs require internships or extensive lab time.
There are a number of institutions that offer programs for aspiring broadband technicians. It's possible to pursue studies towards a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as electrical/electronics technology, telecommunications technology and communications technology.