Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cisco Network AcademyECPI’s Cisco Academy program for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills.

This program is approved for Veterans and Tuition Assistance.

Protocols Covered:

  • Internet Protocol (IP)
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay,
  • Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),
  • Virtual LAN (VLAN),
  • Ethernet,
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs).

After completion there are two certification exams taken at the ECPI test center to become certified.

  • The 640-822, Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) is the exam associated with the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification and a tangible first step in achieving the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.
  • The 640-816 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) is the exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification.

CCNA Exploration skills and competencies

Course Descriptions

Course Cr Hours Credits Course Name
CIS103 70 4.5 Essentials of Networking
CIS113 70 4.5 Operating Systems and Router Fundamentals
CIS209 70 4.5 Installation, Configuration & LAN Segmentation
CIS221 70 4.5 Security & Network Implementation
CIS217 70 4.5 Routing Security (optional)
280 hrs 18 Cr Schedule Length: 28 weeks, Days or Evenings

CIS 103 Essentials of Networking 4.5 credits

This course is an examination of various media types, appropriate topologies for token-ring and Ethernet networks. It includes identifying and using basic computer hardware and computer software, the basics of electricity, and basic networking tools and proficiency in constructing and testing network cabling. Students demonstrate the ability to convert decimal, binary and hexadecimal numbers and are able to identify and describe the functions of each layer of the OSI reference model as well as describe data link and network addresses and identify key differences between them. Emphasis is placed on defining and describing the function of a MAC address, listing the key internetworking functions of the OSI Network layer and identifying why the industry uses a layered model. TCP/IP is covered in detail, as well as IP subnetting

CIS 113 Operating Systems & Router Fundamentals 4.5 credits

The course provides students with practical experience in using CISCO operating systems and the graphical user interface (GUI) when managing files, folders, directories, and storage volumes. Student learn common command line syntax and how to perform basic router configurations using multiple protocols. Topics include how to start up and configure a hardware router to work on WAN and other WAN technologies. Students will demonstrate how to examine router elements (RAM, ROM, CDP, show), describe connection-oriented network service and connectionless network service, and identify key differences. Students will be able to identify the functions performed by ICMP, control router passwords, identification, and banner, identify the main Cisco IOS software commands for router startup, check an initial configuration using the setup command, and log into a router in user and privileged modes.

CIS 209 Installation, Configuration & LAN Segmentation 4.5 credits

This course provides students with the skills and understanding necessary to install, manage, monitor, configure, and troubleshoot DNS, DHCP, Network Protocols and IP Routing. Students learn to list the required IPX address and encapsulation type, configure IPX address lists and SAP filters to control basic Novell traffic and enable the Novell IPX protocol and configure interfaces. LAN segmentation is also covered, including the use of bridges, routers, and switches. Students describe full- and half -duplex Ethernet operation, network congestion problems in Ethernet networks, and use standard network security measures, create and use standard network documentation, monitor performance, and perform troubleshooting.

CIS 221 Security and Network Implementation 4.5 credits

This course explores current network security issues including use of various protocols, encryption techniques, public and private keys, authentication measures, firewall theory and design. The course provides students with tools for monitoring and managing network nodes and traffic. Students demonstrate the ability to differentiate between the following Wan services: LAPB, Frame Relay, ISDN/LAPD, HDLC, PPP, and the DDR and are able to recognize the Frame Relay terms and features, commands to configure Frame Relay LMI’s, maps, and sub-interfaces. Students demonstrate familiarity with the commands to monitor Frame Relay operation in the router, and the PPP operations to encapsulate WAN data on Cisco routers. The use in context for ISDN networking as well as ISDN protocols, function groups, reference points, and channels is discussed. Cisco’s implementation of ISDN BRI is presented. Students learn the design and implement a small to medium size network, maintain, support, and troubleshoot the network.

Optional Course – CIS 217 Routing Security 4.5 credits

Routing Security will develop an in depth understanding of network security principles, as well as the tools and configurations available. The students will use the following tools as hands on reinforcement to increase their knowledge and awareness in Cisco Security: Protocol sniffers/analyzers, TCP/IP and common desktop utilities, IOS software, VPN client, web based resources, and Packet Tracer.