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OUR Network and Computer Systems Administrator PROGRAM

Network and Computer Systems Administrator (NCSA) is a training program designed to prepare individuals for junior-level jobs as a network and computer systems administrator. This program prepares students to take five national certifications as they go, which are included in the price of tuition. Throughout this program, students will gain the knowledge and skills most needed by an entry level network and computer systems technician in a small enterprise environment.

Once a student completes training, our full time Career Services staff offers job placement assistance. Our staff also offers students guidance, support and employment assistance even after completion of the program. Vantage graduates will complete school knowing that they have the skills to obtain a job, perform well, and advance in the career that they have chosen to become a valued member of the workforce. Vantage College also provides services such as flexible tutoring schedules, class-related field trips, guest speakers, and interview preparation.



Duration: The NCSA program takes approximately 8.5 months (920 clock hours) to complete.

Core Topics:

  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Operating Systems
  • Supporting Applications in Operating Systems
  • A+ & MCTS Cert. Lab. - Supporting Users and Troubleshooting OS
  • MS Windows Server/Network Management
  • NET+ & MCSA Cert. Lab. - Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Networks
  • Data Networks Fundamentals
  • LAN Switching
  • IP Addressing and Routing
  • Wireless and WAN Networks
  • Systems Security Principles
  • Organizational and Operational Security
  • SECURITY+ Cert. Lab. – Securing the IT Infrastructure 


  • CompTIA's A+
  • CompTIA's NETWORK+
  • Cisco CCENT - Cisco Certified Entry-Level Network Technician
  • Microsoft MTA (Windows, Windows Server, Windows Server Security)

Financial aid: Financial aid is available to all who qualify. Vantage College students never have to worry about making a payment while in school. Our students earn all 5 NCSA certifications for the price of one.



Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of an organization’s computer networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.
  • Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software.
  • Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.
  • Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made, and to determine where changes will need to be made in the future.
  • Confer with network users about how to solve existing system problems.



Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Systems Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist



According to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. The median annual wage for network and computer systems administrators was $75,790 in May 2014.



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