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Certificate of Achievement
Computer Information Technology/Network Administrator

The following curriculum meets the requirement for a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Information Technology/ System Administrator. The courses needed for the certificate are designed to prepare students for employment in Computer Information Technology as a System Administrator with the option to focus on Microsoft Server Operating Systems or Linux Server Operating Systems.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
CIT 101 - Introduction to Computer Information TechnologyM3.0
CIT 101 - Introduction to Computer Information Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CIT 051
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. It will focus on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. It will apply these concepts and methods through hands-on projects developing computer-based solutions to business problems.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
2nd Semester
CIT 210 - Cisco Networking IM3.0
CIT 210 - Cisco Networking I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIT 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CIT 180
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for further study of computer networks. It uses the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. This course is also the first of two courses designed to prepare students for the ICND 1 examination to achieve CCENT (Cisco® Certified Entry Networking Technician) Certification and helps in preparation for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CIT 180 - PC Maintenance-A+ CertificationM4.0
CIT 180 - PC Maintenance-A+ Certification (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIT 101
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course will prepare students with the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with hands-on experience and theory in computer technology, networking and security. The student will also learn communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry-level IT professionals. This course is intended for IT students wishing to prepare for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA A+ Practical Application examinations, the two exams required to achieve CompTIA A+ certified status.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
3rd Semester
CIT 192 - Security +M3.0
CIT 192 - Security + (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIT 171, CIT 210
Advisory: CIT 180
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to information technology security and risk management at the organizational level. The course addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational cybersecurity and risk management. This course prepares students for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, and is intended to help students meet educational requirements to qualify for entry-level information technology jobs with cybersecurity skills.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
4th Semester
CIT 214 - Cisco Networking IIM3.0
CIT 214 - Cisco Networking II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIT 21
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CIT 180
Transfers to: CSU

This second course in the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum series focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, and includes wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. In addition to learning key switching and routing concepts, students perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN.

CIT 215 - Cisco Networking IIIM3.0
CIT 215 - Cisco Networking III (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:CIT 214
Transfers to: CSU

This third course in the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum series focuses on the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. The course covers wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access; as well as the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Students acquire the skills needed to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks, and learn to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats while being introduced to network management tools and key concepts of software-defined networking (e.g., controller-based architectures and how application programming interfaces (APIs) enable network automation). By the end of the CCNA course series, students gain practical, hands-on experience preparing them for the CCNA certification exam and career-ready skills for associate-level roles in the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
Total Units for Computer Information Technology/Network Administrator COA program 19.0 
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes


Students will demonstrate knowledge of the architectural principles of computer networks in a business environment.


Students will apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in a computer network environment.


Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the cybersecurity principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA).

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