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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

The Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) program consists of four courses within the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) program. These courses are:

  • CIT 1121, Introduction to Networks, 3 credit hours
  • CIT 1122, Routing and Switching Essentials, 3 credit hours
  • CIT 1123, Scaling Networks, 3 credit hours
  • CIT 1124, Connecting Networks, 3 credit hours

The above four courses, which must be taken in order, are equivalent to 280 hours of instruction and provide students with a basic foundation in networking. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are eligible to complete the CCNA certification exam.

Students who have earned a valid up to date Cisco CENT or Cisco CCNA certification are eligible to apply for Credit by Demonstrated Competence (CDC) test. Student must produce the original certification results to be eligible for CDC. For more information, contact Tony Chen, (630) 942-2537,, or Felix Davis, (630) 942-2134,

Course Content

CIT 1121, Networking Fundamentals, 3 credit hours
Information on current and emerging internetworking technologies, including

  • Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model
  • Binary numbers
  • Hexadecimal numbers
  • Address classes
  • Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and subnetting
  • Protocols
  • Standards
  • Basic electrical concepts
  • Cabling techniques

CIT 1122, Routing Protocols and Concepts, 3 credit hours
Practical skills required to verify and troubleshoot basic router configurations. Includes

  • Router configuration
  • Distance vector and link state routing protocols
  • Switching methods
  • Hub technology
  • Basic flow control methods
  • Layer 2 data link addressing
  • Layer 3 Internet Protocol (IP) addressing

CIT 1123, LAN Switching and Wireless, 3 credit hours

  • Routing techniques
  • Local Area Networks (LANs)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) design, configuration and maintenance
  • LAN configuration
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocols
  • Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP)
  • Network troubleshooting

CIT 1124, Accessing the WAN, 3 credit hours
Wider Area Network (WAN) topics, including

  • Frame encapsulation
  • Signaling standards
  • WAN design
  • Point-to-Point (PPP)
  • Integrated Services Data Networks (ISDN)
  • Frame relay and network management 

Contact Information

Dr. Felix Davis, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1536
(630) 942-2134

Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1E13
(630) 942-2081

Dan Jacobson, Program Support Specialist

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034
(630) 942-2592