Richmond Schools with Computer Network Systems Programs
Students can find a variety of computer network systems degrees and certificates in the Richmond area. This article explores three schools less than 20 minutes from downtown. It also includes a table that lists important facts about the schools, including tuition and enrollment, enabling prospective students to compare them easily. At the end of the article is some information about a few other Richmond-area schools that offer computer networking programs.
- At Virginia Commonwealth University, less than a mile from downtown, students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree or certificate in information systems.
- About 10 miles from downtown RichmondJ. Sargeant Reynolds Community College offers a computer networking certificate and an associate's degree.
- John Tyler Community College offers certificate programs and an associate's degree in computer networking. This school is about 16 miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
When choosing a school, prospective students need to look at a number of factors. This table offers a convenient way to compare different aspects of these schools.
|Virginia Commonwealth University||J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College||John Tyler Community College|
|School Type||4-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)*||30,675||9,334||10,380|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $13,624 (in-state);
| $4,886 (in-state);
| $4,608 (in-state);
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)*||81%||64%||63%|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)||84%||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2017)*||83%||63%||63%|
|Graduation Rate*||63% (for students who began studies in Fall 2011)||18% (for students who began studies in Fall 2014)||23% (for students who began studies in Fall 2014)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Virginia Commonwealth University
The information systems programs related to computer network systems at Virginia Commonwealth University offer students the opportunity to learn a variety of relevant skills to begin working in the field or to enhance existing skills.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
The program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, and it includes courses such as data communications, database systems, programming and information technology infrastructure. Students can also expect to take business courses like financial management, business statistics and business intelligence and data mining. A variety of elective courses are also included in the curriculum, including networking and computer security and e-business technology.
Certificate in Information Systems
Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree program may pursue this certificate to enhance their career skills. Some required courses include database systems, programming, information systems and information technology infrastructure. This certificate is 30 credits in length.
Master of Science in Information Systems
The degree can be completed with no concentration or with a concentration in health care management; information risk, security and assurance; or information technology management. All tracks require a minimum of 30 credit hours. Required courses include data communications and systems development. An information systems security course is also available.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Students have the opportunity to select a computer networking program from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College that best suits their career goals. Students are required to have a 'C' grade or better in information technology courses for the programs. Some programs are designed for students who have experience in microcomputer applications or computer concepts.
Career Studies Certificate: Network Administration
Upon completion of the program, students may pursue career certifications such as the Comp TIA A+ and Network+ certifications. Required courses for the program include server administration, UNIX I and virtual infrastructure.
Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
Students in the associate's degree program are required to complete a capstone project course. Required courses include network security, network concepts, systems analysis and design and server administration.
John Tyler Community College
In order to enroll in the programs at John Tyler Community College, students are required to take placement exams in mathematics and English. Supplementary courses are available if students do not meet minimum placement scores.
Career Studies Certificate: Network Support
Students have the opportunity to complete an internship in the program. Some required courses for the program include network troubleshooting, network security, computer applications and integration and network concepts. The program can be completed in 2 semesters.
Career Studies Certificate: Cisco Network
The Cisco network certificate program can be completed with 20 credits. An internship is required for the program curriculum. Students can expect to take courses such as network concepts, computer software applications and Cisco routing.
Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology: Network Support
Elective courses enable students to pursue additional areas of interest. The network support track includes courses such as Unix, network troubleshooting and network security. Some courses may have course prerequisites.
Other School Options
Computer science degrees are available from University of Richmond, located 8.7 miles away from downtown Richmond; Randolph Macon, located 18.8 miles away; or from Virginia State University, located 25.1 miles away.