Virginia College

AAS in Network Engineering

Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program is designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to begin a career in the network engineering field. Read more about the Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering at Virginia College here.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering

School Offering Program:

Virginia College

Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of the Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program should have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. They may also have some experience or interest in working with computers in a wide range of corporate and non-corporate settings.

Program Description:

Students of Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering program have the opportunity to develop skills relating to network security, service, and administration. The curriculum combines coursework and hands-on training. Program coursework addresses topics for aspiring IT technicians, IT administrators, and network technicians and is designed to teach students how to install, maintain, operate, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of computer networks. After completing this program, students may be prepared pursue a variety of industry-standard professional certifications, such as A+, Network+, MCSE, or Linux+. The program is offered at 11 Virginia College campuses as well as online.

Learning Format:

Online and Campus-Based

Total Credits Required:

100 quarter credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

The Virginia College Financial Planning Department is prepared to help discuss scholarships, Pell Grants, and student loans for those who qualify.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for an Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Virginia College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Concentration Courses

  • NET 1050: Computer Hardware Essentials (4 credits)
  • NET 1055: Network, Multimedia, and Printer Essentials (4 credits)
  • NET 1060: Operating System Essentials (4 credits)
  • NET 1065: Operating System Diagnostics (4 credits)
  • NET 1110: Network and TCI/IP Fundamentals (6 credits)
  • NET 1115: Network Security Fundamentals (6 credits)
  • NET 2280: Cisco Network Entry Technician (6 credits)
  • NET 2285: Cisco Network Associate (6 credits)
  • NET 2420: Microsoft Windows Server Infrastructure (6 credits)
  • NET 2425: Microsoft Windows Server Administration (6 credits)
  • Approved Area of Concentration Electives (24 credits)

Foundation Requirements

  • EDU 1010: Learning Framework (4 credits)
  • EDU 1020: Career Exploration/Planning (4 credits)

General Education

Students select general education courses with the help of a Program Director.

  • Communications (8 credits)
  • Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (4 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering Program could further their education with a bachelor's degree or with professional certifications. A bachelor's degree could provide the opportunity for increased responsibilities or for advancement within the field.

Bachelor's degrees graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Career Paths:

Virginia College's Associate of Applied Science in Network Engineering Program is designed to prepare students to work on computer networks in a wide range of business environments. Graduates could apply the technical and administrative skills they might have acquired in the program to work on operating systems and networks for corporations, government offices, and nonprofit organizations.

Positions graduates could apply for include:

  • Computer network support specialist
  • Network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Technical support technician
  • Computer service technician