Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) Exploration Curriculum
College of Professional & Continuing Education
Workforce Training Program
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) Exploration Curriculum is designed for individuals who are seeking entry-level skills and knowledge in information and communication technology. Wentworth’s CCNA program covers a comprehensive range of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and soft-skill development.
The program encompasses four courses, each meeting twice a week and lasting seven weeks. You will earn 2.8 CEUs per course.
After completing all four courses, you will be prepared to take the Cisco CCENT or Cisco CCNA certification exam. You will have also gained essential practical skills, including:
- Building simple LAN topologies and designing and implementing converged switch networks
- Detecting and correcting common routing issues and problems
- Selecting the appropriate devices and technologies to meet network requirements, and troubleshooting network implementation issues
Admissions Requirements & Tuition
Applicants must submit the following item(s) to apply:
- Network Fundamentals: This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link and physical layers. Labs employ a “model Internet” to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling, performing basic configurations of network devices such as routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes.
- Routing Protocols and Concepts: This course describes the architecture, components and operation of routers and explains the principles of routing and routing protocols. Students analyze, configure, verify and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP and OSPF. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems. Students complete a basic procedural lab, followed by basic configuration, implementation and troubleshooting labs in each chapter.
- LAN Switching and Wireless: This course provides a comprehensive, theoretical and practical approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and implement a converged switched network. Students learn how to configure a switch for basic functionality and how to implement Virtual LANs, VTP and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.
- Accessing the WAN: This course discusses WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in enterprise networks, and uses the Cisco Network Architecture to introduce integrated network services. Students learn how to select the appropriate devices and technologies to meet network requirements, implement and configure common data link protocols and apply WAN security concepts, principles of traffic, access control and addressing services. Students will be able to detect, troubleshoot and correct common enterprise network implementation issues.