Cisco Certified Network Associate, Continuing Education Certificate

This course series prepares students to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam, and for a professional career as a Cisco Certified Network Associate in the information and communication technology (ICT) field.  Learn how to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

This course provides classroom and laboratory experiences in current and emerging networking technologies.  Students are introduced to the architecture, components and operation of routers, including the principles of routing and the primary routing process.  In addition, the course provides a comprehensive approach to learning the technologies and protocols needed to design and network services required by converged applications in enterprise networks.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).   Students will be prepared to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) certification exam

Certifying Organization:

Cisco Systems

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

2 semesters (28 - 32 weeks) not including prerequisites; Parts I and II in one semester and Parts III and IV in the following semester. 

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex.  Course schedules vary, but all courses are typically offered in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Courses may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED.    

Students must be computer literate and have strong computer skills, prior networking classes or background, and access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments

Recommended: Network+ certification 

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum and demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 137.5

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 619


PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Network and Data Communications



Introduction to Data Communication DCOM 101 - Custom; $133.35

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


Prerequisite Totals:




Course Series:

PCA 596


PCA 959

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 217

Cisco I:  Network Fundamentals


Intro to Networks V6 Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9781587133602;; $73.35 

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCA 597


PCA 960 (if hybrid) Shared with credit class DCOM 218

Cisco II: LAN Routing Protocols and Concepts


Routing & Switching Essentials V6 Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9781587134289; $73.35

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCA 598


PCA 961

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 219)

Cisco III:  Switching and Wireless


Scaling Networks V6 Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9781587134340; $73.35

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCA 599


PCA 962 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 220

Cisco IV:  Accessing the WAN


Connecting Networks V6 Companion Guide; Cisco; ISBN 9781587134326; $73.35

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


Course Series Totals:




Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:





Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
Students pursuing certification in Cisco often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes:  A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; Red Hat Certification; Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense Certification, and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:​
CCNA Certification exam = $300

Skills for Success:
​Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; ability to take direction; ability to work both independently and as a team member.
Career Opportunities:​
With certification, students quality for entry-level positions, including:  Network Associate; Network Specialist; Network Administrator; Network Support Engineer; Information Technology (IT) Specialist; Local Area Network Administrator; Information Technology (IT) Manager; and Network Manager.  This career requires continued education and training.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Charles Blount || 443-840-4221| Catonsville | BESS | 100

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville|BESS | 100