Computer Systems Networking & Security

  • Instructor Christopher Nappi | East Campus | CIP Code 11.0901

    Computer Systems Networking & Security is a professional course that prepares students with industry standard credentials and technical certifications to aid in their understanding of computers and the inter-working of them. While working in BCTC’s state-of-the-art lab, students will use concepts introduced in theory and reinforced through a hands-on curriculum to build and repair computer systems and understand and configure components of a computer networking infrastructure.

    The instruction focuses on A+ fundamentals, Operating System Fundamentals, Networking Fundamentals, Server Administration, Network Security Fundamentals, Alternate Operating Systems, and Advanced Concepts of Networking. The curriculum is reviewed annually for relevancy and updated as industry standards dictate.

    Upon completion of the course, students are prepared for a variety of certification exams including the Test Out Network Pro Exam.

    Graduates of this program are well prepared for entry level employment. Additional education can lead to more opportunities in networking and information technology.

    Career Pathways

    Computer User Support Specialist
    Network & Computer Administrator
    Network & Computer Technician
    Computer Network Support Specialist


    Chief Information Officer
    MIS Manager
    Network Engineer
    Teledata Communications Engineer

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Computer Systems Networking & Security
  • Technical Academy

    Qualified students are encouraged to apply as a Technical Academy student for this program.

  • Industry Certifications:

    MTA Network Fundamentals
    MTA Server Fundamentals
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Test Out Network Pro
    Test Out Network Server 2016

    College Advanced Credits:

    Berks Technical Institute - Up to 46 quarter credits
    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg - Up to 12 credits
    Lehigh Carbon Community College - Up to 9.5 credits
    Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown - Up to 20 credits
    Northampton County Community College - Up to 10 credits
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute - Up to 7 credits
    Reading Area Community College - Up to 18 credits (Depending on RACC Course of Study)
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 9 credits

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    o Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually and are detailed on the BCTC website at