Information Technology: Network Administration

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
WoodstockSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
St. AndrewsSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnJanuary 2025 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

On the global stage, technological advances are occurring at an astronomical rate. Businesses rely on speed, secure systems, and efficiency to perform their operations and stay connected with their customers. Networks connect business with the buying world.

In this program, you will learn how to design, implement, troubleshoot, and administer secure networks and inter networks, as well as hone advanced skills in network and internet operating systems, network infrastructure, administration, and security. As electronic communication continues to take the limelight across industries, business leaders are increasingly looking to network administrators as a means to stay competitive and successful.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Advanced Placement

    • Students may be admitted directly into the second year of this program upon successful completion of the "Information Technology: Network Support" Certificate program.
    If you are applying with advanced placement/standing please contact us at for additional information regarding the application process.

    Career Possibilities

    The outlook for graduates of Information Technology (IT) is healthy with a steady demand across organizations at all levels in the IT field. Employee placement and retention are experiencing a robust surge across New Brunswick, from small independent shops to large private organizations, and even the government itself. Year after year, graduate follow-up surveys consistently reveal a relevant employment rate in excess of 90 percent.

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    Specific Considerations

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Computer hardware and software
    • Client and servers operating systems
    • Network Infrastructure
    • Network Security - Enterprise Networks
    • Virtualization using vSphere
    • Automation using Powershell
    • Linux Administration
    • Cisco™ Technologies (CCNA)
    • Microsoft™ Technologies
    • Cloud Technologies including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft 365
    • Written, Oral, and Interpersonal Communication
    • Work Integrated Learning

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    As global markets become increasingly competitive, employers are seeking information technology (IT) professionals who are not only talented developers or systems administrators, but also understand business.  In this course, students learn to consider the impact of information technology systems from a broader perspective, while developing their own communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.  Students are introduced to business structures and environments.  Through class discussions, assigned readings, in-class studies, and business case analysis, students develop a viable business vocabulary, an understanding of internal business functions, and the potential to improve business operations and increase profit margins by leveraging technology. 

    This course provides learners with knowledge of computer systems, mobile and peripheral devices, their key components, properties, functions, compatibility, inter-connectivity, inter-operability as well as their associated safety standards. Learners develop the skills to set up, install, configure, and troubleshoot (as applicable) working computers, mobile and peripheral devices that meet user requirements. In addition, they acquire knowledge relating to the server hardware used in enterprise environments.   

    This course exposes learners to the types of correspondence and technical documentation produced in the Information Technology (IT) industry. Students focus on those most pertinent to their area of specialization and learn the purpose and key components of these documents. Given this early stage of the program, learners examine and deconstruct examples of IT technical documentation to discuss their quality and identify ways in which to improve their writing substance.  
    As part of this course, students learn the fundamental principles of writing “substance” to direct the focus of their writing to their target audience, the audience’s level of awareness, the information categorization, and information sequencing. They learn strategies to adapt their writing style and format to suit the intended audience, purpose, and process. Learners also utilize digital writing/grammar software applications to proofread, edit, and correct syntax.  

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to implement secure cloud computing services.  Leaners plan and implement storage, compute, and network services. 


    • OSSE1092C
    • CEIO1064A
    • NCRC1202A

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to implement and deploy Microsoft Azure Cloud services. Learners plan, implement, and configure Azure compute, storage, and network services. 


    • NCRC1181C
    • OSSE1092C
    • NCRC1202A

    This course provides learners with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to date to develop basic network solutions to meet user requirements, technical parameters, and/or solve technical challenges.  Here, they are provided with case studies to analyze the data and interpret the technical parameters or challenges.  From this analysis, they formulate and implement a standard network solution. Scenarios provided are commensurate with learners’ knowledge and abilities at this juncture of their studies. 

    In this course, learners apply the knowledge and skills acquired to date to develop advanced network solutions to meet user requirements, technical parameters, and/or solve technical challenges.  Here, learners integrate compiled information to creatively solve problems and propose alternative solutions.  As in the Applied Studies I course, learners are provided with case studies to analyze the data, interpret the technical parameters or challenges, and implement a solution.  But in this instance the scenarios relate to more complex user and technical requirements and more advanced network solutions. Learners are also expected to implement their solution within a specified time frame and present their findings to their peers. Scenarios provided are commensurate with learners' knowledge and abilities at this juncture of their studies.  


    • NCRC1183B

    This course is the first of three networking courses. It introduces learners to the architecture, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications, and data through the internet and across modern computer networks. Learners apply this knowledge to build simple local area networks (LANs) that integrate a router, a switch, end devices, IP addressing schemes, and foundational network security.
    The course material is delivered in accordance with Cisco™ Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum.

    This course is the second of three networking courses. It builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Networks I by addressing the architecture, components, switching technologies, and router operations that support business grade networks. It introduces wireless local area networks (WLAN) as well as security concepts. Learners apply their knowledge to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches for advanced functionality using security best practices and resolve common issues with protocols in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

    The course material is delivered in accordance with Cisco™ Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum.


    • NCRC1201A

    This course is the final of three networking courses. It builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Networks II by addressing the architectures and considerations in designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. The course emphasizes network security concepts and introduces network virtualization and automation. Learners apply their knowledge to configure, troubleshoot, and secure enterprise network devices and interpret how application programming interfaces (API) and configuration management tools enable network automation. 
    The course material is delivered in accordance with Cisco™ Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum and prepares learners for the CCNA certification exam.


    • NCRC1202A

    This course provides learners the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the academic setting to a workplace environment. The field experience may be taken at either the end of the first or second year of the program. Under the supervision of a host agency, learners apply their knowledge and skills at a level appropriate for their given juncture of training and commensurate with their ability. They are assigned a field experience mentor/ supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining and reflecting upon their placement experience.
    Please note: The field experience may vary depending on the range of services the host provides, their expectations, and available resources.

    This course explores virtualization concepts, including local and cloud virtualization solutions and container technologies. It is designed to provide learners with practical knowledge and skills to effectively manage and implement virtual environments.


    • NCRC1201A
    • OSSE1091D

    In this course, learners acquire the knowledge and skills to implement and maintain a Microsoft operating system in an enterprise environment. Through a combination of classroom lectures, demonstrations and lab work, they learn to install and configure a Windows Operating System (OS). Topics include: pre-installation and post-installation system settings, security features, system maintenance, network connectivity, plan for resiliency and fault tolerance, as well as application management.


    • OSSE1094B

    In this course, learners acquire the knowledge and skills to implement a Windows Server directory service and related infrastructure components. Students learn to implement and configure Windows Server services, including Active Directory Domain Services, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name System (DNS), printing, and remote access. 


    • OSSE1090B
    • NCRC1201A

    In this course, learners acquire the knowledge and skills to administer a Windows Server infrastructure in an enterprise environment. Emphasis is placed on advanced role service management. 


    • OSSE1091D
    • NCRC1201A

    In this course, learners acquire the knowledge and skills to implement and manage a Microsoft 365 Collaboration Environment.  They learn how to configure, manage, and deploy Exchange Online, Teams, and SharePoint Online. 


    • NCRC1181C
    • OSSE1092C

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to control and manipulate the operating system environment using a text-based interface.  

    This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to configure and manage a Windows Environment using Powershell.


    • OSSE1094B
    • OSSE1090B
    • OSSE1091D

    Linux adoption continues to rise world-wide as individual users, government entities and industries ranging from automotive to space exploration embrace open-source technologies. This course covers the fundamentals of operating in a Linux-based operating system while in the command line environment. 

    This course builds upon the knowledge and skill acquired in Linux I.  Here, learners develop knowledge and skills related to file systems and partitioning, logical volumes, Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux), firewalling, and troubleshooting.  


    • OSSE1097D

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    Learners are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

    This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure professional employment. It enables learners to identify career options and aspirations based on their strengths, limitations, and readiness to address skills gaps. It also focuses on the current-day tools and resources used to optimize employment opportunities.  

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    NOC Codes

    22220 - Computer network and web technicians
    22221 - User support technicians

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


    Institution: Griffith University
    Information: Griffith University will grant up to one and a half (1.5) years of advanced standing (ie. entry into the fourth semester) of the Bachelor of Information Technology degree to graduates of the Information Technology Network Administration program.

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