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Computer networks are the information hub of every organization, and networking technicians are responsible for keeping that information flowing. They build, install, analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain the hardware and software that make computer networks function—including local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), intranets, wireless, and other communication systems. It’s a vital role that requires specialized knowledge and skills.

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  • What are my chances of getting a Microsoft Networking Professional job when I graduate?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Microsoft Networking Professional certificate program?

    The program is designed to take 21 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 67% finished in 21 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Microsoft Networking Professional certificate program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 67% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

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Microsoft Networking Professional Certificate from Baker College

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Fast-track to a great career.

Get the knowledge that gives you the edge.

Computer networks are the information hub of every organization, and networking technicians are responsible for keeping that information flowing. They build, install, analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain the hardware and software that make computer networks function—including local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), intranets, wireless, and other communication systems. It’s a vital role that requires specialized knowledge and skills.

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Career Facts

$48,900

Median salary for Computer Support Specialists

17%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$72,560

Median salary for Network and Computer Systems Administrators

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Overview

In the Microsoft Networking Professional program at Baker, you’re taught by industry veterans, who share their knowledge and experience.

Our class sizes are small to ensure you have lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction as you learn all the essentials—the fundamentals of operating systems, hardware concepts, networking, and how to configure and administer Windows servers.

As a graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to sit for qualifying examinations for certification as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). And you’ll be ready to apply your knowledge and problem-solving skills in a great career.

Course Information
Requirements48 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIS 106B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to computer operating systems and maintenance concepts. Students will study the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems and will receive a brief introduction to Linux. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, INF 111 or INF 121 or NET 101.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance I4
CIS 107B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of the study of computer operating systems and maintenance concepts with a focus on practical application and troubleshooting. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance II4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
MNP 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the initial implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 configuration. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 171A or MNP 181.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration I4
MNP 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as implementing server images, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS) and group policy, remote access and network policies, data security, monitoring and update management. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 201.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration II4
MNP 203
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students for advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), identity management, rights management, federated services, network load balancing, failover clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 202.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration III4
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
NET 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of computing. Topics include occupations within the field, terminology, basic computer and networking concepts and database concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 091 or basic computer skills.
Networking Essentials I4
NET 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basic issues related to data communications and networking technologies. Topics include the OSI model, network topologies, protocols, and the fundamentals of internetworking. TCP/IP addressing is also covered.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 111 and INF 112, or INF 111 and INF 114A, or INF 121 and INF 114A, or NET 101.
Corequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Networking Essentials II4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MNP 171A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination, 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Windows 7 Configuration4
MNP 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 8, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Windows 8 Configuration4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 48

Program Description

This program will help prepare individuals to sit for qualifying examinations which may lead to certification as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA). Courses within this program also help prepare students for CompTIAs A+ and Network+ certification.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a Microsoft Networking Professional job when I graduate?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Microsoft Networking Professional certificate program?

    The program is designed to take 21 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 67% finished in 21 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Microsoft Networking Professional certificate program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 67% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Testimonial Image - Larry Ramos
Testimonial quote

Having employed a few [Baker Graduates], they take what they learn and apply it. They're hard working.

Larry Ramos
Multimedia Foundry