Many community colleges and technical colleges offer certificate programs that prepare students for the CCNA exam. There are also associate's degree programs in networking that prepare individuals for the exam.
10 Schools with CCNA Programs
These schools provide programs that prepare students for the CCNA exam:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Colorado Mountain College||Glenwood Springs, CO||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,556 in-district, $2,756 in-state, $9,140 out-of-state|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,386 in-state, $4,042 out-of-state|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,745 in-district, $5,235 in-state, $7,305 out-of-state|
|Howard Community College||Columbia, MD||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,698 in-district, $5,690 in-state, $6,770 out-of-state|
|Central Texas College||Killeen, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$2,280 in-district, $2,940 in-state, $6,420 out-of-state|
|Macomb Community College||Warren, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$3,169 in-district, $4,945 in-state, $6,641 out-of-state|
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,217 in-state, $6,143 out-of-state|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state|
|Glendale Community College||Glendale, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Consider the following when considering schools with CCNA training programs:
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates of the program on the CCNA exam.
- Working IT professionals may want to look for schools that offer courses in online or part-time formats.
- Prospective students may want to find out if credits from the program are transferable to higher-level IT-related degrees in the future.
- Students may want to look into the computer lab facilities at the school in order to make sure that they will have access to the latest software and hardware.
In CCNA certificate programs, students take courses designed specifically to prepare them for Cisco's CCNA exam, which verifies their skills in configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting LANs and WANs. Topics include basic networking concepts, routing protocols, LAN switching and WAN access. There are also broader networking certificates that cover general networking concepts related to the hardware and software provided by Cisco as well as other IT companies. Credits from certificate programs may be transferable to associate's degree programs.
Associate's Degree Programs
Some associate's degree programs in networking include training for the CCNA exam. In addition to CCNA training, students also learn about the fundamentals of information technology and take general education courses. Upon completion, graduates may be able to apply their credits toward a bachelor's degree program.
Individuals who want to earn the CCNA designation from Cisco can prepare for the exam through an undergraduate certificate or associate's degree programs. When choosing between schools, prospective students should consider exam pass rates and scheduling options.