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Certificate of Achievement
Computer Information Technology/Network Technician

The following curriculum meets the requirement for a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Information Technology/ Network Technician. The courses needed for the certificate are designed for those who wish to pursue a career in Information Technology as a Network Technician.

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2023-2024 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.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
CIT 101 - Introduction to Computer Information TechnologyM3.0
CIT 101 - Introduction to Computer Information Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory: CIT 051; It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and read college-level texts.
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
Advisory: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.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
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.

CIT 214 - Cisco Networking IIM3.0
CIT 214 - Cisco Networking II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: CIT 210
Advisory: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.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
4th Semester
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:3.0 
Total Units for Computer Information Technology/Network Technician COA program 15.0 
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 computer networks in a business environment.


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

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Whittier, CA 90601

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