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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

78% Average placement rate for program graduates

$67,059 starting annual wage

$85,301 average annual wage

$102,107 potential annual wage

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 75% of BTC Computer Networking students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $85,301, with an earning potential of about $102,107 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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware A+8 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 for hardware..


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:30aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23TTh12:00p-2:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141Operating Systems A+8 credits

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


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23MW 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23MW12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MW 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW12:00p-1:15pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 9:15a-10:30aMASSEY 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
    1/4-3/22MW 9:15a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW 1:15p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23MWTh 8:00a-10:30aBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23MWTh12:00p-2:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 142Client/Desktop Operating Systems II10 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    IT 141 or IT 160 corequisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 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
    9/21-12/7MW12:00p-1:15pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh12:00p-1:15pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
  • General Education5 credits

  • 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 and class work.

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

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TWTh 1:15p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • 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
    4/4-6/20TWTh 8:00a-9:15aBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
  • 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; Disk quotas; server monitoring and optimization; and troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TWTh12:00p-1:15pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • 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
    11/1-12/8TWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 4
    2/15-3/22TWTh 9:15a-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
    4/4-6/20TWTh 9:15a-10:30aBURKELAND KOpenings: 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
    1/4-3/23TWTh12:00p-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
    1/4-2/10TWTh 8:00a-9:15aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-2/9Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-2/8W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 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
    1/4-3/22MW 2:30p-5:00pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/19MW 2:30p-5:00pBURKELAND KOpenings: 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 career search 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 as a corequisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23ARR 8:00a-3:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    5/11-6/20DAILY 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 as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 2:30p-5:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    4/5-5/10TTh 2:30p-5:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • Required Courses for Program
  • Note: 1st year students are required to complete an additional total of 15-credits/3 classes of General Education courses before taking 2nd year classes. These classes are typically taken during the summer between 3rd and 4th quarters.15 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS128 credits

Program Entry Information

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

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 75 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

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Certified Netware Administrator

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, A+ Certified Professional

Certificate, Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, Linux+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8451
grehm@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 211


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Lee Falta

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Computer Engineering, Auburn University

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Professional

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA Security+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8419
lfalta@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212


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Michael Massey

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8368
mmassey@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212

 

Background


Profile
Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administra...

    • 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.


Jack Wollens - Instructor image

Jack Wollens

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Business Administration, Walla Walla College

Certificate, Microsoft Technology Associate

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8364
jwollens@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
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 De...

    • 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.


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Computer Networking

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 networking engineers is expected to increase much faster than average as information technology becomes more sophisticated and organizations continue to adopt and integrate these technologies. The computer networking field requires specialists who continually learn new skills to keep pace with the rapidly changing IT industry.

BTC’s degrees and certificates in the Computer Networking Program are ideal for students with skillsets and interests in information technology, working with and troubleshooting computers, assisting the public, customer service, and more. Your computer networking career training will help you learn in-demand skills for a rewarding career in the fast-paced world of modern business.

Students who complete a Computer Networking Program degree or certificate at Bellingham Technical College will be trained to:

• Install, configure, and administer an advanced application server and Microsoft Windows network.

• Design, develop, implement, and document a complex project in computer networking.

• Demonstrate the ability to apply technical and interpersonal knowledge and skills in professional setting.

• Design and implement a group project.

• Demonstrate knowledge in fundamental concepts used by computer networking professionals.

Computer Networking Degree & Certificate Programs

To follow your path to a career in computer networking, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) , [link to separate page] The Associate of Applied Science - Transfer degree gives students in the Computer Networking Program the opportunity to build upon the technical courses required for job preparation and includes general education classes that will transfer to four-year colleges and universities. This is a 128-credit-hour degree program that can be completed in six quarters. • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) , [link to separate page] The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to enter the work force in computer networking, information technology, and more after graduation. Some of the program’s 123 credit hours may transfer to other colleges and universities. This degree program can be completed in six quarters.

Students also may choose these certificate programs: • Certificate in Computer Network Support: This is a 64-credit-hour program that prepares graduates for employment opportunities with information technology and computer support firms or with companies that use computer networks. • Certificate in 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 in this 64-credit-hour program. You’ll learn 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. Bellingham Technical College is a Microsoft IT Academy member and a member of CompTIA.

Bellingham Technical College is an equal opportunity institution. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Computer Networking Jobs & Employment

Choose BTC’s Computer Networking degree programs to train for positions such as network technician, network specialist, network administrator, and network security administrator, or local area network (LAN) technician. Through our top career training, you will learn how to manage computer networks, troubleshoot and repair computer systems, and design, install, and maintain LANs.

BTC’s top-quality computer networking training is widely respected by businesses and information technology (IT) professionals. That’s why, on average, 78% of BTC Computer Networking Program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in the computer networking field is $84,802, with an earning potential of about $99,736 per year.

Computer Networking Program graduates will find employment opportunities with IT and computer support firms or with a wide range of companies that use computer networks, including software companies, manufacturers, industrial firms, retail and wholesale companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, schools and universities, corporations, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Program Facts

75% BTC graduate placement rate

$67,059 starting annual wage

$85,301 average annual wage

$102,107 potential annual wage

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 75% of BTC Computer Networking students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $85,301, with an earning potential of about $102,107 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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware A+8 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 for hardware..


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:30aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23TTh12:00p-2:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141Operating Systems A+8 credits

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


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23MW 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23MW12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MW 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW12:00p-1:15pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 9:15a-10:30aMASSEY 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
    1/4-3/22MW 9:15a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW 1:15p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23MWTh 8:00a-10:30aBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23MWTh12:00p-2:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 142Client/Desktop Operating Systems II10 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    IT 141 or IT 160 corequisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 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
    9/21-12/7MW12:00p-1:15pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh12:00p-1:15pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
  • General Education5 credits

  • 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 and class work.

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

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TWTh 1:15p-2:30pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • 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
    4/4-6/20TWTh 8:00a-9:15aBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
  • 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; Disk quotas; server monitoring and optimization; and troubleshooting.

    Prerequisite:
    IT 142, IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20TWTh12:00p-1:15pFALTA EOpenings: 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
    4/4-6/20TWTh 9:15a-10:30aBURKELAND KOpenings: 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
    1/4-3/23TWTh12:00p-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
    1/4-2/10TWTh 8:00a-9:15aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • 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
    11/1-12/8TWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 4
    2/15-3/22TWTh 9:15a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
  • 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
    1/9-3/20M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-2/9Th 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-2/8W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 25
    4/10-6/19M11:35a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/6-5/11Th 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
    1/4-3/22MW 2:30p-5:00pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/19MW 2:30p-5:00pBURKELAND KOpenings: 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 career search 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 as a corequisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23ARR 8:00a-3:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    5/11-6/20DAILY 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 as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 2:30p-5:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
    4/5-5/10TTh 2:30p-5:00pFALTA EOpenings: 24
  • Required Courses for Program
  • Note: 1st year students are required to complete an additional total of 10-credits/2 classes of General Education courses before taking 2nd year classes. These classes are typically taken during the summer between 3rd and 4th quarters.10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS123 credits

Program Entry Information

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

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 38 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.

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Gregory Rehm

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Certified Netware Administrator

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, A+ Certified Professional

Certificate, Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, Linux+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8451
grehm@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 211


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Lee Falta

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Computer Engineering, Auburn University

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Professional

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA Security+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8419
lfalta@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212


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Michael Massey

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8368
mmassey@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212

 

Background


Profile
Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administra...

    • 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.


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Jack Wollens

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Business Administration, Walla Walla College

Certificate, Microsoft Technology Associate

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8364
jwollens@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
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 De...

    • 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.


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

75% BTC graduate placement rate

$67,059 starting annual wage

$85,301 average annual wage

$102,107 potential annual wage

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 75% of BTC Computer Networking students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual income in this field is $85,301, with an earning potential of about $102,107 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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware A+8 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 for hardware..


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:30aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23TTh12:00p-2:30pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141Operating Systems A+8 credits

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


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23MW 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23MW12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MW 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW12:00p-1:15pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 9:15a-10:30aMASSEY 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
    1/4-3/22MW 9:15a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW 1:15p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23MWTh 8:00a-10:30aBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23MWTh12:00p-2:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • IT 142Client/Desktop Operating Systems II10 credits

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

    Prerequisite:
    IT 141 or IT 160 corequisite.

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20MTWTh 8:00a-10:30aREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20MTWTh12:00p-2:30pREHM GOpenings: 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
    9/21-12/7MW12:00p-1:15pMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh12:00p-1:15pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
  • General Education5 credits

  • Required Courses for Program
  • Note: Computer Software Support certificate students are required to complete an additional total of 10-credits/2 classes of General Education courses as part of the certificate. These classes are typically taken during the summer.10 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

Program Entry Information

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

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 38 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.

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Gregory Rehm

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Certified Netware Administrator

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, A+ Certified Professional

Certificate, Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, Linux+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8451
grehm@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 211


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Lee Falta

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Computer Engineering, Auburn University

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Professional

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA Security+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8419
lfalta@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212


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Michael Massey

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8368
mmassey@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212

 

Background


Profile
Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administra...

    • 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.


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Jack Wollens

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Business Administration, Walla Walla College

Certificate, Microsoft Technology Associate

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8364
jwollens@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
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 De...

    • 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.


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.

Program Facts

$43,056 starting annual wage

$53,061 average annual wage

$67,746 potential annual wage

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 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 $53,061, with an earning potential of about $67,746 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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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • IT 112PC Hardware A+8 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 for hardware..


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:30aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23TTh12:00p-2:30pMASSEY 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
    1/4-3/22MW 9:15a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW 1:15p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141, or IT 160.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MW 8:00a-9:15aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/22MW12:00p-1:15pREHM GOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TTh 9:15a-10:30aMASSEY MOpenings: 24
  • IT 141Operating Systems A+8 credits

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


    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23MW 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/5-3/23MW12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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
    1/4-3/23Online BOVENKAMP DOpenings: 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online 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:
    Either IT 112, or IT 141.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23MWTh 8:00a-10:30aBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    1/4-3/23MWTh12:00p-2:30pBURKELAND KOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh 8:00a-10:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/20TWTh12:00p-2:30pSTAFFOpenings: 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
    4/4-6/20Online BOVENKAMP DOpenings: 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
    4/4-6/20Online BOVENKAMP DOpenings: 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
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/4-3/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online 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.

All coursework credits earned in the Health Information Technology program at Bellingham Technical College may be transferred to Bellevue College to be applied toward a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Healthcare Technology and Management. For more information, please contact Advising at 360 752-8450 or email: advising@btc.edu

Program Start

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 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

You may be able to receive credit for prior experience or education, please contact Advising at 360-752-8450 or email: advising@btc.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

Area of Instruction


Computer Network Technology

Degrees and Certifications


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

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, CompTIA A+ Certified

Certificate, CompTIA Network+ Certified

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8368
mmassey@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 212

 

Background


Profile
Mike Massey graduated from Western Washington University, in 1985, with a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Business Administra...

    • 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.


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Jack Wollens

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


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

B.S., Business Administration, Walla Walla College

Certificate, Microsoft Technology Associate

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Certificate, Microsoft Certified Professional

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist

Certificate, Certified Novell Administrator

Certificate, CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certified Professional

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8364
jwollens@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
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 De...

    • 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.


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Derrick Bovenkamp

Area of Instruction


Health Information Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Computer Network Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, Computer Network Support Technician, Bellingham Technical College

Contact Info


dbovenkamp@btc.edu
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