CISCO Certification

CISCO Certification

Train to be an architect of the networked economy — become a Cisco-Certified Networking Associate (CCNA). St. Joseph's University, New York in collaboration with CISCO offers courses to prepare you to take the CISCO exams for the CCNA certification.

CISCO Exams:  

640-802 CCNA or 640-822 ICND1 and 640-816 ICDN2

The CCNA certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.  CCNA certified professionals have the knowledge and skills to make connections to remote sites via a wide area network (WAN), mitigate basic security threats, and understand the requirements for wireless network access.  

Recommended Courses:

  • COM 360 Computer Communication and Networking (or equivalent - pre-requisite)
  • COM 361 Introduction to Cisco Networking
  • COM 362 Advanced Cisco Networking

COM 361 - Introduction to Cisco Networking
This course uses a top-down approach to network protocols, applications and application services.  The layers of communication in data networks will be explained using the OSI network protocol model.  Networking theory will be implemented and tested through hands-on labs and activities.  Students will design and implement a classless IP addressing scheme for a network.  Cisco routers and switches will be used to design and configure a basic Ethernet network and students will analyze the transport and network layer protocols.  Routing protocols will be explored and algorithms, such as RIPv1, RIPv2 and distance vector routing, will be examined and configured on a network.  Advanced technologies (voice, video, wireless and security) will also be introduced.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how networks function, identifying major components, function of network components and the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model.
  • Using the host-to-host packet delivery process, describe issues related to increasing traffic on an Ethernet LAN and identify switched LAN technology solutions to Ethernet networking issues.
  • Describe the reasons for extending the reach of a LAN and the methods that can be used with a focus on RF wireless access.
  • Describe the reasons for connecting networks with routers and how routed networks transmit data through networks using TCP / IP.
  • Describe the function of Wide Area Networks (WANs), the major devices of WANs, and configure PPP encapsulation, static and dynamic routing, PAT and RIP routing.
  • Use the command-line interface to discover neighbors on the network and managing the router’s startup and configuration.

COM 362 - Advanced Cisco Networking
Prerequisite: COM 361
This course focuses on LAN switching and WAN and wireless networks. Using the OSI layered model approach, students will be taught to trouble shoot problems particularly at layers 1, 2, 3, and 7.  Networking theory will be enhanced through hands-on labs and activities using Cisco routers, switches and simulations. Students will perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks, and will configure, verify and troubleshoot VLANS, VTP, RSTP, DHCP and DNS operations on a router. They will configure and verify a basic WAN serial connection, and a PPP connection between routers and Frame Relay.  The impact of applications such as Voice over IP (VoIP) and Video over IP on a network will also be explored.

Course Objectives:

  • Review how to configure and troubleshoot a small network
  • Expand the switched network from a small LAN to a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches, supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Describe routing concepts as they apply to a medium-sized network and discuss considerations when implementing routing on the network
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot OSPF
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP
  • Determine how to apply ACLs based on network requirements, and to configure, verify, and troubleshoot ACLs on a medium-sized network
  • Describe when to use NAT or PAT on a medium-sized network, and configure NAT or PAT on routers
  • Identify and implement the appropriate WAN technology based on network requirements

These courses are taught by a Cisco-certified instructor in a computer lab environment which provides students hands-on-experience on the following equipment:

  • Cisco Packet Tracer Simulator
  • Linksys Wireless Router
  • Cisco 1841 Integrated Services Route
  • Cisco Catalyst 2960-24TT - Switch - 24 ports


$900 for each course

NOTE: Each course may earn you 3 credits, or a total of 6 credits for the two courses, toward a bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph's University. Don’t miss our upcoming session. Take the courses, earn your certification, and be ready for career advancement.


Spring 2015

COM 362 SAP01 Advanced Cisco Networking
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January 25 to May 10


St. Joseph's reserves the right to cancel courses.  In the event of cancellation, all registrants will be notified immediately and a full refund will be made.  Persons wishing to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund of the registration fee must do so in writing no later than five days prior to the first class.


For additional information, please contact Marie Santisi at 631.687.1492 or [email protected]