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Computer Networking

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Choose BTC’s Computer Network Technology program to train for positions such as network technician, network specialist, network administrator, and network security administrator, or Local Area Network (LAN) technician. Learn how to manage computer networks, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, and design, install, and maintain LANs.

Graduates will find employment opportunities with computer support firms or with small-sized to large-sized companies that use computer networks, such as financial institutions, insurance companies, schools and universities, a range of corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Program Facts

67% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average wage $73,117 annually

Wage potential $86,486 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.

Jobs & Employment

The rapid expansion of the computer industry has generated a growing need for highly skilled workers to repair, network, and support these complex computer systems. Employment of computer network engineers is expected to increase much faster than average as technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations continue to adopt and integrate these technologies. This field requires networking specialists to continually learn new skills to keep pace with the rapidly changing industry.

About 67% of BTC Computer Networking students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $73,117, with an earning potential of about $86,486 per year.*

Potential Positions

Employment opportunities are available in medium to large businesses with computer networks, such as banks and other financial institutions, schools and universities, insurance companies, federal and state government, and other corporations. As smaller companies move to a client-server model, more opportunities for network specialists will soon become available. Potential positions include network technician, network specialist, network administrator, network security administrator, and LAN technician.

Courses

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Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware8 credits

    This course prepares the student to understand, install, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair PC hardware components. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 3:00p-5:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 1
    9/25-12/11MTWTh11:30a-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:00aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 121Introduction To Programming5 credits

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of good program design, coding, testing, and documentation. Students will learn to employ good user interface design, standardization and variable naming, decision operators, looping mechanisms, subroutines and error handling as they build their own programs.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    9/25-12/11MTWTh10:00a-11:30aMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 12
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online POLLARD DOpenings: 10
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23T 6:00p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • IT 102IT Ethics and Careers5 credits

    Ethics issues and career options for computer professionals will be explored through research and simulated IT enterprises. Topics include intellectual property rights, respecting privacy, avoiding harm to others, IT career paths, and IT workplace environments

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 3:00p-4:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh12:00p-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 140Introduction to Linux Operating Systems5 credits

    This course introduces students to the basic functions of operating systems and command line interfaces by learning the Linux command line. Topics include navigation, file manipulation, and redirection commands so that students can build useful batch scripts by the end of the course.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh12:00p-1:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 4:30p-6:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141A+ Operating Systems8 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows operating systems. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Operating Systems certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 3:00p-5:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 7
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 142Client/Desktop Operating Systems10 credits

    This course is designed to facilitate in-depth study of a Client Computer Operating system commonly found in the business environment. Areas of study include installation, configuration, troubleshooting, deployment, and networking.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 141; IT 160 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/12MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 160Network Technologies8 credits

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a background in networking technologies and prepare students to pass CompTIA’s broad-based, vendor independent networking certification exam, Network +. This course covers a wide range of material about networking, from careers in networking to local area networks, wide area networks, protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. It not only introduces a variety of concepts, but also discusses in-depth the most significant aspects of networking, such as the TCP/IP protocol suite.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh 8:00a-10:30aFALTA EOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/26MTTh 3:00p-5:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aLONG ROpenings: 16
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 23
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 5
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • Quarter 4
  • IT 230Windows Powershell5 credits

    This course introduces Windows Powershell, a task-based command line shell/scripting language designed for system administration. Students will learn cmdlets and syntax constructs such as arrays, loops, and functions; and how to build scripts and utilities to automate system system tasks or create powerful system management tools. This is a hybrid class with classroom lecture plus online instruction.class work.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 242, or IT 243 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EWaitlisted: 7
  • IT 240Linux Administration & Configuration5 credits

    This course introduces students to system administration fundamentals of the Linux operating system. Using Linux, students learn to install and configure the O/S using system text files, use the common GUIs, configure networking, administer user accounts and permissions, define the user environment, and monitor system resources, processes and usage.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 140, and either IT 141, or IT 142.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-10/30TWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GWaitlisted: 5
  • IT 242Windows Server Administration5 credits

    Covers installation, configuration, and system administration of Windows Server. Topics include managing accounts, groups, folders, and files; object security; Active Directory; Dfs; Disk quotas; server monitoring and optimization; and troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EWaitlisted: 4
  • IT 261Advanced Special Topics I5 credits

    This course allows for specialized or in-depth study of an advanced computer networking topic. Example topics may include: Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Web Server, Internet Information Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and computer forensics.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 242, or IT 243 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26TWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • IT 210Network Security Fundamentals10 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of network security through lecture, extensive hands-on, and research projects. Topics covered include general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack, and operational and organizational security.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • IT 243Windows Server Network Infrastructure5 credits

    This course covers managing and maintaining a Windows Server network infrastructure. Students will learn how to install, configure, and troubleshoot TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, routing and remote access, and VPNs. Students will also learn to monitor traffic, troubleshoot connectivity, implement secure network administration procedures and resolve service issues on a Windows Server.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17TWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 262Advanced Special Topics II5 credits

    This course allows for specialized or in-depth study of an advanced computer networking topic. Example topics may include: Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Web Server, Internet Information Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and computer forensics.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 240 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/11MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GWaitlisted: 2
  • Quarter 6
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/29-10/15MW 1:00p-3:00pBRYSON MOpenings: 26
    9/24-10/29W 3:00p-5:00pNELSON LOpenings: 18
    9/23-10/28T 3:00p-5:00pDETTMAN DOpenings: 14
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • IT 220Network Communications Infrastructure5 credits

    In this hands-on practicum students learn the components of structured data communications cabling systems, OSI Layers 1, 2 and 3 hardware components, and how to install and configure them.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 270Applied IT Career Skills8 credits

    Students will work in their new career field applying the new skills and being mentored and evaluated by industry professionals. The internship will provide exposure to a typical work environment, opportunities for customer interaction skill development and an opportunity to make connections with professionals already working in the field.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 261, or IT 262 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • IT 272Capstone Project5 credits

    Students will complete a capstone project integrating skills developed throughout the program. The student will make a written proposal for the project, stating milestones and deliverables and upon completion, will demonstrate the project in an oral presentation, as well as provide written documentation about the project.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 261, or IT 262 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13DAILY 8:00a-11:30aFALTA EOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS128 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters.

Program Start

  • General Admission Information

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to install, configure, and administer an advanced application server.
  • Graduates will be able to install, configure, and administer a Microsoft Windows Network.
  • Graduates will be able to design, develop, implement, and document a complex project.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply technical and interpersonal knowledge and skills in professional setting.
  • Graduates will be able to design and implement a group project.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge in fundamental concepts used by computer networking professionals.

Gregory Rehm - Instructor image

Gregory Rehm

360 752-8451

grehm@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Community Health Ed, Western Washington University

      Certified Netware Administrator

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      A+ Certified Professional

      Network+ Certified Professional

      Linux+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Lee Falta - Instructor image

Lee Falta

360 752-8419

lfalta@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.S., Computer Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville

      B.S., Computer Engineering, Auburn University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Systems Professional

      CompTia Network+ Certified

      CompTia Security+ Certified

      Certified Novell Administrator

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Michael Massey - Instructor image

Michael Massey

360 752-8368

mmassey@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.A., Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      CompTIA A+ Certified

      CompTIA Network+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Jack Wollens - Instructor image

Jack Wollens

360 752-8364

jwollens@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Jack has many years of experience working on and managing IT computer help desks. He also has several industry certifications as well as a Masters Degree in Business/Technology Management.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix

      B.S.B.A., Walla Walla College

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      Microsoft Office Specialist

      Certified Novell Administrator

      CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Associate of Applied Science Degree

Choose BTC’s Computer Network Technology program to train for positions such as network technician, network specialist, network administrator, and network security administrator, or Local Area Network (LAN) technician. Learn how to manage computer networks, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, and design, install, and maintain LANs. Graduates will find employment opportunities with computer support firms or with small-sized to large-sized companies that use computer networks, such as financial institutions, insurance companies, schools and universities, a range of corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Program Facts

67% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average wage $73,117 annually

Wage potential $86,486 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.

Jobs & Employment

The rapid expansion of the computer industry has generated a growing need for highly skilled workers to repair, network, and support these complex computer systems. Employment of computer network engineers is expected to increase much faster than average as technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations continue to adopt and integrate these technologies. This field requires networking specialists to continually learn new skills to keep pace with the rapidly changing industry.

About 67% of BTC Computer Networking students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $73,117, with an earning potential of about $86,486 per year.*

Potential Positions

Employment opportunities are available in medium to large businesses with computer networks, such as banks and other financial institutions, schools and universities, insurance companies, federal and state government, and other corporations. As smaller companies move to a client-server model, more opportunities for network specialists will soon become available. Potential positions include network technician, network specialist, network administrator, network security administrator, and LAN technician.

Courses

Filter courses by quarter 
Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware8 credits

    This course prepares the student to understand, install, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair PC hardware components. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 3:00p-5:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 1
    9/25-12/11MTWTh11:30a-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:00aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 121Introduction To Programming5 credits

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of good program design, coding, testing, and documentation. Students will learn to employ good user interface design, standardization and variable naming, decision operators, looping mechanisms, subroutines and error handling as they build their own programs.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    9/25-12/11MTWTh10:00a-11:30aMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 3
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/12Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • IT 102IT Ethics and Careers5 credits

    Ethics issues and career options for computer professionals will be explored through research and simulated IT enterprises. Topics include intellectual property rights, respecting privacy, avoiding harm to others, IT career paths, and IT workplace environments

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 3:00p-4:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh12:00p-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 140Introduction to Linux Operating Systems5 credits

    This course introduces students to the basic functions of operating systems and command line interfaces by learning the Linux command line. Topics include navigation, file manipulation, and redirection commands so that students can build useful batch scripts by the end of the course.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh12:00p-1:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 4:30p-6:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141A+ Operating Systems8 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows operating systems. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Operating Systems certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 3:00p-5:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 7
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 142Client/Desktop Operating Systems10 credits

    This course is designed to facilitate in-depth study of a Client Computer Operating system commonly found in the business environment. Areas of study include installation, configuration, troubleshooting, deployment, and networking.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 141; IT 160 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/12MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 160Network Technologies8 credits

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a background in networking technologies and prepare students to pass CompTIA’s broad-based, vendor independent networking certification exam, Network +. This course covers a wide range of material about networking, from careers in networking to local area networks, wide area networks, protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. It not only introduces a variety of concepts, but also discusses in-depth the most significant aspects of networking, such as the TCP/IP protocol suite.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh 8:00a-10:30aFALTA EOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/26MTTh 3:00p-5:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 12
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 5
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • IT 230Windows Powershell5 credits

    This course introduces Windows Powershell, a task-based command line shell/scripting language designed for system administration. Students will learn cmdlets and syntax constructs such as arrays, loops, and functions; and how to build scripts and utilities to automate system system tasks or create powerful system management tools. This is a hybrid class with classroom lecture plus online instruction.class work.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 242, or IT 243 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EWaitlisted: 7
  • IT 240Linux Administration & Configuration5 credits

    This course introduces students to system administration fundamentals of the Linux operating system. Using Linux, students learn to install and configure the O/S using system text files, use the common GUIs, configure networking, administer user accounts and permissions, define the user environment, and monitor system resources, processes and usage.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 140, and either IT 141, or IT 142.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-10/30TWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GWaitlisted: 5
  • IT 242Windows Server Administration5 credits

    Covers installation, configuration, and system administration of Windows Server. Topics include managing accounts, groups, folders, and files; object security; Active Directory; Dfs; Disk quotas; server monitoring and optimization; and troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EWaitlisted: 4
  • IT 261Advanced Special Topics I5 credits

    This course allows for specialized or in-depth study of an advanced computer networking topic. Example topics may include: Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Web Server, Internet Information Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and computer forensics.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 242, or IT 243 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26TWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 5
  • IT 210Network Security Fundamentals10 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of network security through lecture, extensive hands-on, and research projects. Topics covered include general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack, and operational and organizational security.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • IT 243Windows Server Network Infrastructure5 credits

    This course covers managing and maintaining a Windows Server network infrastructure. Students will learn how to install, configure, and troubleshoot TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, routing and remote access, and VPNs. Students will also learn to monitor traffic, troubleshoot connectivity, implement secure network administration procedures and resolve service issues on a Windows Server.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17TWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 262Advanced Special Topics II5 credits

    This course allows for specialized or in-depth study of an advanced computer networking topic. Example topics may include: Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Web Server, Internet Information Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and computer forensics.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 240 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/11MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GWaitlisted: 2
  • Quarter 6
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/29-10/15MW 1:00p-3:00pBRYSON MOpenings: 26
    9/24-10/29W 3:00p-5:00pNELSON LOpenings: 18
    9/23-10/28T 3:00p-5:00pDETTMAN DOpenings: 14
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • IT 220Network Communications Infrastructure5 credits

    In this hands-on practicum students learn the components of structured data communications cabling systems, OSI Layers 1, 2 and 3 hardware components, and how to install and configure them.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 270Applied IT Career Skills8 credits

    Students will work in their new career field applying the new skills and being mentored and evaluated by industry professionals. The internship will provide exposure to a typical work environment, opportunities for customer interaction skill development and an opportunity to make connections with professionals already working in the field.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 261, or IT 262 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    5/14-6/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • IT 272Capstone Project5 credits

    Students will complete a capstone project integrating skills developed throughout the program. The student will make a written proposal for the project, stating milestones and deliverables and upon completion, will demonstrate the project in an oral presentation, as well as provide written documentation about the project.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 261, or IT 262 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/13DAILY 8:00a-11:30aFALTA EOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS123 credits

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters.

Program Start

  • General Admission Information

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Physical Requirements

  • Industry requirement

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to install, configure, and administer an advanced application server.
  • Graduates will be able to install, configure, and administer a Microsoft Windows Network.
  • Graduates will be able to design, develop, implement, and document a complex project.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply technical and interpersonal knowledge and skills in professional setting.
  • Graduates will be able to design and implement a group project.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge in fundamental concepts used by computer networking professionals.

Gregory Rehm - Instructor image

Gregory Rehm

360 752-8451

grehm@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Community Health Ed, Western Washington University

      Certified Netware Administrator

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      A+ Certified Professional

      Network+ Certified Professional

      Linux+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Lee Falta - Instructor image

Lee Falta

360 752-8419

lfalta@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.S., Computer Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville

      B.S., Computer Engineering, Auburn University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Systems Professional

      CompTia Network+ Certified

      CompTia Security+ Certified

      Certified Novell Administrator

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Michael Massey - Instructor image

Michael Massey

360 752-8368

mmassey@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.A., Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      CompTIA A+ Certified

      CompTIA Network+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Jack Wollens - Instructor image

Jack Wollens

360 752-8364

jwollens@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Jack has many years of experience working on and managing IT computer help desks. He also has several industry certifications as well as a Masters Degree in Business/Technology Management.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix

      B.S.B.A., Walla Walla College

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      Microsoft Office Specialist

      Certified Novell Administrator

      CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Computer Network Support Certificate

Choose BTC’s Computer Network Technology program to train for positions such as network technician, network specialist, network administrator, and network security administrator, or Local Area Network (LAN) technician. Learn how to manage computer networks, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, and design, install, and maintain LANs.

Graduates will find employment opportunities with computer support firms or with small- to large-sized companies that use computer networks, such as financial institutions, insurance companies, schools and universities, a range of corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Program Facts

67% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average wage $73,117 annually

Wage potential $86,486 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

The rapid expansion of the computer industry has generated a growing need for highly skilled workers to repair, network, and support these complex computer systems. Employment of computer network engineers is expected to increase much faster than average as technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations continue to adopt and integrate these technologies. This field requires networking specialists to continually learn new skills to keep pace with the rapidly changing industry.

About 67% of BTC Computer Networking students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $73,117, with an earning potential of about $86,486 per year.*

Potential Positions

Employment opportunities are available in medium to large businesses with computer networks, such as banks and other financial institutions, schools and universities, insurance companies, federal and state government, and other corporations. As smaller companies move to a client-server model, more opportunities for network specialists will soon become available. Potential positions include network technician, network specialist, network administrator, network security administrator, and LAN technician.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware8 credits

    This course prepares the student to understand, install, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair PC hardware components. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 3:00p-5:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 1
    9/25-12/11MTWTh11:30a-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:00aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 121Introduction To Programming5 credits

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of good program design, coding, testing, and documentation. Students will learn to employ good user interface design, standardization and variable naming, decision operators, looping mechanisms, subroutines and error handling as they build their own programs.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    9/25-12/11MTWTh10:00a-11:30aMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 3
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/12Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • IT 102IT Ethics and Careers5 credits

    Ethics issues and career options for computer professionals will be explored through research and simulated IT enterprises. Topics include intellectual property rights, respecting privacy, avoiding harm to others, IT career paths, and IT workplace environments

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 3:00p-4:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh12:00p-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 140Introduction to Linux Operating Systems5 credits

    This course introduces students to the basic functions of operating systems and command line interfaces by learning the Linux command line. Topics include navigation, file manipulation, and redirection commands so that students can build useful batch scripts by the end of the course.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh12:00p-1:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 4:30p-6:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141A+ Operating Systems8 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows operating systems. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Operating Systems certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 3:00p-5:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 7
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 142Client/Desktop Operating Systems10 credits

    This course is designed to facilitate in-depth study of a Client Computer Operating system commonly found in the business environment. Areas of study include installation, configuration, troubleshooting, deployment, and networking.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 141; IT 160 co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/12MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • IT 160Network Technologies8 credits

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a background in networking technologies and prepare students to pass CompTIA’s broad-based, vendor independent networking certification exam, Network +. This course covers a wide range of material about networking, from careers in networking to local area networks, wide area networks, protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. It not only introduces a variety of concepts, but also discusses in-depth the most significant aspects of networking, such as the TCP/IP protocol suite.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh 8:00a-10:30aFALTA EOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/26MTTh 3:00p-5:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 12
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 5
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters.

Program Start

  • General Admission Information

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to install, configure, and administer an advanced application server.
  • Graduates will be able to install, configure, and administer a Microsoft Windows Network.
  • Graduates will be able to design, develop, implement, and document a complex project.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply technical and interpersonal knowledge and skills in professional setting.
  • Graduates will be able to design and implement a group project.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge in fundamental concepts used by computer networking professionals.

Gregory Rehm - Instructor image

Gregory Rehm

360 752-8451

grehm@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Community Health Ed, Western Washington University

      Certified Netware Administrator

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      A+ Certified Professional

      Network+ Certified Professional

      Linux+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Lee Falta - Instructor image

Lee Falta

360 752-8419

lfalta@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.S., Computer Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville

      B.S., Computer Engineering, Auburn University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Systems Professional

      CompTia Network+ Certified

      CompTia Security+ Certified

      Certified Novell Administrator

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Michael Massey - Instructor image

Michael Massey

360 752-8368

mmassey@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.A., Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      CompTIA A+ Certified

      CompTIA Network+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Jack Wollens - Instructor image

Jack Wollens

360 752-8364

jwollens@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Jack has many years of experience working on and managing IT computer help desks. He also has several industry certifications as well as a Masters Degree in Business/Technology Management.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix

      B.S.B.A., Walla Walla College

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      Microsoft Office Specialist

      Certified Novell Administrator

      CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Health Information Technology Certificate

Students are prepared to manage computer network systems in the healthcare field through a combination of classroom theory and practical application. They develop the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot and repair computer systems and design, install, and maintain Local Area Network (LANs). In addition, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare environment, health information management systems, information security and trends in healthcare. This Program prepares students for obtaining industry standard certifications: Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems, CompTIA Network+ Certification, and CompTIA A+ Certification.

Note: This workforce solution was 100% funded by a $11.7 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantee, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership.

Program Facts

Average annual income $50,669

Wage potential $62,525 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and is a member of CompTIA.

Jobs & Employment

The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance companies.

Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, will lead to an increased need for Health Information Technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

As the healthcare sector continues to expand, Health Information Technicians can expect to be in high demand. There are approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs in Health IT anticipated by 2017, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites Health Information Technician as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the US, with a growth rate of 21% anticipated through 2020.

The average annual wage in this field is $50,669, with an earning potential of about $62,525 per year.*.

Potential Positions

Students completing the Health IT Certificate at BTC will be prepared to work with a wide range of healthcare employers (direct care providers, labs, vendors, insurance billing, etc.) in various roles, including Computer Support Technician/Specialist, Help Desk Support Staff, Network Technician, and Health Information Technician.

In addition to roles in clinical settings, Health Information Technicians are in high demand among academic institutions, consulting agencies, government agencies, and healthcare software companies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Health IT will grow as a field to encompass new support positions, including mobile support adoption positions, public health informatics, implementation support specialists, and information management redesign specialists.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware8 credits

    This course prepares the student to understand, install, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair PC hardware components. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Core Hardware certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 3:00p-5:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 1
    9/25-12/11MTWTh11:30a-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26MTWTh12:00p-2:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 8:00a-10:00aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 121Introduction To Programming5 credits

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of good program design, coding, testing, and documentation. Students will learn to employ good user interface design, standardization and variable naming, decision operators, looping mechanisms, subroutines and error handling as they build their own programs.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    9/25-12/11MTWTh10:00a-11:30aMASSEY MWaitlisted: 2
    4/7-6/23MTWTh 1:30p-3:00pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aHEGEBERG LOpenings: 26
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 3
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 13
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/23-12/12Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • IT 102IT Ethics and Careers5 credits

    Ethics issues and career options for computer professionals will be explored through research and simulated IT enterprises. Topics include intellectual property rights, respecting privacy, avoiding harm to others, IT career paths, and IT workplace environments

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26MTWTh 3:00p-4:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTWTh12:00p-1:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141A+ Operating Systems8 credits

    This course prepares the student to install, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows operating systems. Course material parallels the CompTIA A+ Operating Systems certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 9
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 3:00p-5:30pWOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • HT 180Healthcare & Technology5 credits

    This course serves as a general introduction of the healthcare environment, healthcare delivery systems, health information and technology in healthcare. Course materials parallel CAHIMS certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 7
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 160Network Technologies8 credits

    The goal of this course is to provide students with a background in networking technologies and prepare students to pass CompTIA’s broad-based, vendor independent networking certification exam, Network +. This course covers a wide range of material about networking, from careers in networking to local area networks, wide area networks, protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. It not only introduces a variety of concepts, but also discusses in-depth the most significant aspects of networking, such as the TCP/IP protocol suite.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/11MTTh 8:00a-10:30aFALTA EOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/26MTTh 3:00p-5:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23MTTh12:00p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • HT 190Health Information Management Systems5 credits

    This course will provide a comprehensive overview of health information management systems (HIMS). Topics will include HIMS selection, analysis, design, user and technical requirements, implementation, training, and evaluation. Course materials parallel CAHIMS certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • HT 200Health Technology Professional5 credits

    This course prepares students to be health technology professionals. Students will practice privacy and security policies and compliance standards, develop leadership and planning skills; and enhance customer service and communication skills. Course materials parallel CAHIMS certification objectives.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMATHEWS ROpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 12
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 5
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

Program Entry Information

This program admits students during fall and spring quarters.

Students in the Computer Network Technology program can earn the Health Information Technology Certificate by completing just three Healthcare Technology courses (HT180, HT190, and HT200) in addition to their standard program coursework. HT180, HT190, and HT200 are offered as online courses during summer quarter for Computer Network Technology students seeking to earn the Health Information Technology Certificate.

Program Start

  • Please contact Health eWorkforce Student Navigator - Matt Bryant at phone: 360-752-8695 / email: mbryant@btc.ctc.edu

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

You may be able to receive credit for prior experience or education, please contact Matt Bryant at phone: 360-752-8695 / email: mbryant@btc.ctc.edu for further information.

Note: Employment in the healthcare field will require passing a national criminal history background check. For more information, contact Career Services at Bellingham Technical College at 360-752-8345.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to work with a wide range of healthcare employers (direct care providers, labs, vendors, insurance billing, etc.): a. Computer Support Technician/Specialist b. Help Desk Support c. Network Technician d. Health Information Technologist e. Health Information Management
  • Graduates will be able to eligible to take the certification exam for the industry credential - Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems.
  • Graduates will be able to eligible to return to BTC for approximately one (1) year to complete an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Network Technology.

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Michael Massey

360 752-8368

mmassey@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, and a minor in History. For the next 15 years he worked as a computer programmer (Dealer Information Systems), and as a database programmer, network administrator and IT Manager at Western Washington University (WWU). During that time he also obtained his commercial pilot license and float plane rating from Trinity Western University. Mike has been teaching Computer Networking at Bellingham Technical College since 2000. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology at WWU.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.A., Business Administration/Computer Science, Western Washington University

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      CompTIA A+ Certified

      CompTIA Network+ Certified

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Jack Wollens - Instructor image

Jack Wollens

360 752-8364

jwollens@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Jack has many years of experience working on and managing IT computer help desks. He also has several industry certifications as well as a Masters Degree in Business/Technology Management.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.B.A., Technology Management, University of Phoenix

      B.S.B.A., Walla Walla College

      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

      Microsoft Certified Professional

      Microsoft Office Specialist

      Certified Novell Administrator

      CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Derrick Bovencamp - Instructor image

Derrick Bovencamp

dbovencamp@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Health Information Technology instructor.



Lori Nichols - Instructor image

Lori Nichols

lnichols@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Health Information Technology instructor.



Heather Wallace - Instructor image

Heather Wallace

hwallace@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Health Information Technology instructor.