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Cisco Certification Network Associate (CCNA)

Individuals with the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification possess a strong foundational knowledge in networking.

By successfully completing the four-part Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course work and passing the CCNA certification exam you will be able to design, configure, operate as well as troubleshoot small to moderate sized Local Area Networks (LANs).  You will also have a solid understanding of the Wide Area Network (WAN) services available to support users of small to moderate sized networks that must communicate at a distance.

Focus of the CCNA Exploration curriculum will include (but not limited to) understanding and working with the following concepts: TCP/IP, Ethernet, VLSM & CIDR, RIPv1 & 2, EIGRP, OSPF, LAN Design, VLANs and Inter-VLAN routing, Basic Wireless Concepts, PPP, Frame Relay, Broadband Services & VPN Technologies, Access Control Lists (ACLs), NAT, DHCP, IPv6, and Network Troubleshooting.

The four parts of CCNA Exploration curriculum are broken up into the following areas:

  • CCNA 1 - Network Fundamentals
  • CCNA 2 - Routing Protocols and Concepts
  • CCNA 3 - LAN Switching and Wireless
  • CCNA 4 - Accessing the WAN

Fort Hays State University offers the CCNA Exploration curriculum both on campus and online. The online sections are based on the asynchronous distance-learning model where students around the world follow a class schedule completing course objectives at a time convenient for them.

FHSU offers two paths for the CCNA instruction:

1) Internetworking Certification (Available both on campus and online)


  • Informatics 291 Internetworking I - CCNA Semester 1
  • Informatics 292 Internetworking II - CCNA Semester 2
  • Informatics 293 Internetworking III - CCNA Semester 3 & 4

With this path, students can complete the CCNA coursework in as little as three-semesters and need not be degree seeking.  Those students who are working towards a BS in Informatics with a Concentration in Networking will want to select this path.

This option is ideal for someone interested in learning about computer networking, is interested in upgrading his or her IT skills or intends to sit for the CCNA certification exam.

2) Internetworking for the Military (Available online only)


  • Internetworking for the Military I (Informatics 322) - CCNA Semester 1
  • Internetworking for the Military II (Informatics 322) - CCNA Semester 2
  • Internetworking for the Military III (Informatics 322) - CCNA Semester 3 & 4

The three sections of Internetworking for the Military collectively cover the CCNA Exploration coursework as well. Developed for busy military personal serving around the globe, these sections provide military students with the needed flexibility to advance towards CCNA certification as well as completion of the BGS degree in Informatics while serving full time in the U.S. Military.

To register for these and other Informatics Courses provided online, please visit the Virtual College.

Note: CCNA Lab & Help Desk Hours are established each semester. See your current Course Information on Blackboard for specific times.

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