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Hammond Hall 201
600 Park Street 
Hays, KS 67601 
Phone: 785-628-4291 
Toll Free: 800-628-FHSU 
Fax: 785-628-4037
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Certificate in Internetworking

The FHSU Internetworking Certificate is designed to provide key skills for persons desiring to be computer networking professionals. A student completing the FHSU certificate will have completed the course work necessary to sit for the prestigious Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) examination. The four classes in this certificate also apply toward the FHSU bachelors degree concentration in Telecommunications and Networking offered by the Department of Informatics

  • INF 291 Internetworking I (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 292 Internetworking II (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 680 Network Architecture and Data Communications I (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 681 Network Architecture and Data Communications II (3 Credit Hours)


While students may take just the series of two Internetworking courses to sit for the Cisco CCNA exam, research has shown that the students who have taken all four courses have a much higher first time pass rate than the national average. Network Architecture and Data Communication I and II address the theory of data communication for Internetworking.

Topics include: Data Communication I: OSI Model, physical media, electrical signal, line coding, link level protocol, network routing and addressing, LAS and WAN concepts. In Network Architecture and Data Communication II, students study internetworking services that reside in the upper layers of the OSI Model, and advanced concepts not included in Network Architecture and Data Communication I. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Internetwork Design, Internetwork Security, Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Point to Point Protocol, advanced routing protocols and other networking services.

Computer Requirements

A computer produced in the last three years, Internet access of at least 500 kbps, Windows or Linus operating system, and DVD drive.

Contact Information

Informatics Department
Fort Hays State University

141 Hammond Hall

600 Park Street

Hays, KS 67601-4099

Phone: (785) 628-5373

Web: Informatics

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