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Heartland Community College

Certificate - Computer Networking Cyber Security

26 credit hours

Catalog Year 2022-2023

This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of computer networking cyber security. Successful completion of this certificate results in a basic understanding of the core security concepts and skills needed to monitor, detect, analyze and respond to cybercrime, cyberespionage, insider threats, advanced persistent threats, regulatory requirements, and other cybersecurity issues facing organizations. The skills developed in this certificate prepares students for a career in the rapidly growing area of cybersecurity operations working in or with a security operations center (SOC) in entry-level job roles such as: Security Analyst and Incident Responder.

Certificate Requirements

Class Title Credit Hours
BTEC 115 or COMM 101 Business Communications or Introduction to Oral Communication 3
BTEC 145 Employment Success Strategies 1
NETW 140 Intro to Scripting and Network Programming 3
NETW 150 Workstation Operating Systems 3
NETW 160 Introduction to Networking 3
NETW 167 Windows Server Administration 3
NETW 170 Networking Security Fundamentals 3
NETW 182 Linux Administration 3
NETW 184 Cyber Ops 3
TECH 299 Internship in Technology 1
Total Credit Hours 26

Suggested Sequence (part-time enrollment) - Online classes:

Fall (semester 1)  NETW 140, NETW 150, NETW 160
Spring (semester 2) BTEC 115 or COMM 101, BTEC 145, NETW 167P
Fall (semester 3) NETW 170P, NETW 182*P
Spring (semester 4) NETW 184**P, TECH 299

* denotes a fall only class
** denotes a spring only class
p denotes courses with a prerequisite or placement requirement

Suggested Sequence (part-time enrollment):

Fall (semester 1)
  • NETW 140
  • NETW 150
  • NETW 160
Spring (semester 2)
  • BTEC 115
  • BTEC 145
  • NETW 167p
Fall (semester 3)
  • NETW 170p
  • NETW 182*p
Spring (semester 4)
  • NETW 184**p
  • TECH 299

* denotes a fall only class
** denotes a spring only class
p denotes courses with a prerequisite or placement requirement

Information is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Education's gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information to students and prospective students. Gainful employment programs are those " that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."
Please review the information pertaining to your certificate program by selecting your intended program at the Heartland Community College Career Coach
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Contact Us

Career and Technical Education Department
WDC 1200
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8860
Fax: 309-268-7963

Email the CTE Department

Adam Campbell

Interim Dean, Career and Technical Education
WDC 2202
Phone: 309-268-8895
Email: Adam.Campbell@heartland.edu