Network Infrastructure


The Network Infrastructure program is dedicated to enhancing students' knowledge and practical skills in relevant infrastructure design and implementation in all areas of digital communication and connectivity. The program focuses on current and relevant enterprise-level computer network configuration, management, and security outcomes including cabling, radio frequency troubleshooting and behaviors, routing and switching, theoretical communications models, dedicated storage networks, voice over internet protocol, network security concepts/best-practices and industry certification preparation. Students earning this degree will have the technical knowledge and skills to work, and play an administrative role, in any field requiring professionally designed, implemented, or maintained network infrastructures.


Routing and Switching (15 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Leads to certifications in the Network Infrastructure field including CompTIA Network+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician, and Cisco Certified Network Associate.  Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

Courses you will take

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Technical Certificates:

Technical Certificate (32 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Network Infrastructure can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

Courses you will take

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Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.


Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Network Infrastructure will give you the knowledge and skills for career entry or advancement in a current job. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

Courses you will take


Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Network Infrastructure program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:


Chris Carroll
Department Chair
School of Computing and Informatics

East Central (Anderson)

School of Computing and Informatics

Jeffery Scott, Dean  800-589-8324 ext. 1101

Danna Bishop, Department Chair  800-554-1159 ext. 3419

Greg Hanson, Program Chair  765-643-5745 ext. 1036

Lafayette  (Lafayette)
North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)
Valerie Golay, Program Chair
574-289-7001 ext. 6823
Northeast (Fort Wayne)
John Knight, Program Chair



Cyber Technology certificate program

Ivy Tech-Northeast offers a certificate in Cyber Technology due to an awarded grant by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as part of the National STEM Consortium. Courses for the program begin in January 2013. Interested individuals can train for a new career in as little as one year and work toward industry certifications in Cisco CCNA and CompTIA Network+, A+ and Security+. Recipients of the certificate would qualify for jobs in cyber customer service and technical support, which may require a background check at hiring organizations.

Students will learn to succeed on the job with:

  • Hands-on, skills-based projects
  • Consistent, convenient, compressed schedule
  • Flexible “hybrid delivery” via classroom and online instruction
  • Foundation skills to help students succeed in technical courses
  • Critical thinking and problem solving based on real-life situations
  • Business skills in communication, resume writing and interview techniques

This U.S. Department of Labor grant targets workers who have lost their job due to the adverse effects of foreign trade, and other unemployed and underemployed workers. Veterans receive priority of service. Programs are eligible for financial aid: Trade Adjustment Assistance, Workforce Investment Act, Pell Grants.

Northwest (Valparaiso)
Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
For more information on the Sellersburg program, contact

Justin Suer
Dean of Business and Public Services
812-246-3301 ext. 4709

  • Network Technicians
  • Network Support Technicians
  • Network Administrators
  • Datacenter Technicians
  • Network Operations Center Support Specialists
  • Network Support Analyst