IT Network Specialist

IT Network Specialist

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Networks are integral to the functioning of almost any large business, from manufacturing to food service and government agencies to nonprofit organizations. The job of a computer networking specialist is to maintain the integrity and security of a company's network and the systems connected to it.

A Closer Look

A network specialist must have extensive knowledge of network connectivity, protocols, network security devices, network types, and common operating systems, such as Windows and UNIX. Even in an entry-level capacity, computer networking specialists are problem solvers, often responsible for responding to troubleshooting calls and emails from users of the network.

In an advanced role as an analyst or administrator, computer networking specialists often monitor network access for bottlenecks, security threats, or problems with connectivity. They might also configure and maintain security devices to ensure the safety of company software, systems, and data.

What You'll Learn

The IT Network Specialist program at Mid-State prepares students to administer and support personal computer and network environments. Graduates are able to install, troubleshoot, analyze, and repair networks, as well as maximize network efficiency.

In this program you will follow guided instructions for setting up and managing multiple computers in a networking environment. You’ll also apply concepts in hands-on activities both in and outside the classroom. Past students have repaired and imaged laptops for a local school district, completed a network upgrade for a nonprofit organization, and fixed computers at the PC Clinic.


  • Facilities Technician
  • IT Help Desk Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Network Specialist
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Telecommunications Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the IT Network Specialist program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Casey earned his associate degree from Mid-State and has over 10 years of experience in IT with an emphasis on networking, from carrier grade to enterprise networks. He maintains his skills and industry connections as a member of the central Wisconsin developer group and is involved in the open source community.

“I teach because I want to make a difference.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,220.24
  • Books: $2,375.82
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,596.06

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10150110 Networking I 3.00
10151105 Linux 3.00
10152101 Intro to Programming 3.00
10154102 Hardware Essentials I 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
10102213 Requirements Analysis 3.00
10150111 Networking II 3.00
10150120 Server Administration-Beginning 3.00
10150165 Network Server Scripting 3.00
10151110 Information Security 1 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
10150112 Networking III 3.00
10150121 Server Administration-Intermediate 3.00
10150130 Virtualization 3.00
10154101 IT Customer Support 2.00
10154132 Help Desk Fundamentals 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
10809195 Economics 3.00
(17-19 Credits)
Term: 4
10150113 Networking IV 3.00
10150141 Supervised Field Experience 2.00
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
10150161 Advanced Networking Projects 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(14-15 Credits)
Total Credits: 64-67