School and Ranking Information
There are four schools in the Knoxville area offering computer networking programs. All schools except for one are private, for-profit institutions. Based on the degree and certificate programs available, the following school is considered one of the top choices for computer networking:
- Winner: Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) has a main campus in Knoxville, Tennessee, and offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) with a concentration in networking and communications systems. Additionally, PSCC offers a certificate program that prepares students for A+ network certification.
School Info Chart
|Category||Pellissippi State Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$3,660 (in-state); $14,100 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Information Sciences and Computer Systems Networking Degrees Offered||Certificate and Associate|
|Computer Information Sciences and Computer Systems Networking Certificates and Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||107*|
|Most Popular Computer Information Sciences and Computer Systems Networking Certificate or Degree Level in 2013||<1-Year Certificate (62 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||22%*|
|Noteworthy||The computer science and information technology programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Pellissippi State Community College
- CSIT students can gain on-the-job experience through a 135-hour internship
- School has chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Association for Networking and System Administration
- Networking fundamentals course prepares student for Network+ certification exam
The main campus of Pellissippi State Community College is located in suburban Knoxville, TN. PSCC has three other campuses in Knoxville and one in the suburb of Friendsville. The college offers vocational, technical and academic certificate and associate's degrees programs in a variety of fields, including computer information technology.
Students interested in computer networking can enroll in PSCC's Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science and Information Technology with a concentration in networking and communication systems. In this program, students learn about computers, terminology and tools. Networking courses cover switching configuration, wireless technology and network security, and general education courses include economic principles, business administration, statistics and fine arts. Graduates are prepared for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ hardware and software certification exams, as well as the Network+ certification exam.
For students only interested in preparing for certification exams, an A+ Network Certification Preparation Certificate program is available. Students who complete the three courses in this program may apply their credits to the AAS in CSIT/Networking and Communications Systems.