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  May 30, 2023
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Network Systems Technology (2156) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science


The mission of the Network Systems Technology (A.S.) degree is to provide a high quality and relevant degree preparing students for distinctive success in the installation, repair, and maintenance of computers and network-related systems. This hands-on program is designed to respond to the needs of regional businesses. This program provides computer related technical skills for the I.T. industry.

The Program

The Network Systems Technology program is designed for individuals interested in beginning or advancing a career in computer/network support. Computer and network support involves installing, configuring, repairing, and managing computer and network hardware and software. It includes both hands-on skills and knowledge of theory and concepts. Because network technology is constantly changing and evolving, learning in this field never ends. The emphasis of the program is on teaching students a broad base of skills and knowledge in network and systems administration while also allowing the flexibility for students to pursue individual interests and specialties. With the ever-changing demands of the technology job market, this broad background and flexibility increases career opportunities available to graduates.

The program begins by teaching the basic skills and knowledge required to work as an entry-level computer technician or desktop support specialist. Students then learn the skills and knowledge required to administer server, security, voice, or network infrastructure environments. Once finished with the core requirements of the program, students are free to choose their remaining classes from a vast array of technology offerings at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Students can select courses from specialty groupings such as systems administration, network security, computer hardware, internetworking, server, Voice over IP (VoIP), Data Forensics, or Network Virtualization, or mix and match to take courses from a variety of technology areas to complement existing skills. Technologies include Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCNP, Cisco Voice over IP, Microsoft, A+, Security+, VMware, EMC, Citrix, Forensics, and Linux. Students holding current industry certification (i.e. CCNA, Security+, A+, etc.) may receive college credit for relevant courses.

A minimum grade of C or higher must be achieved in all professional coursework and professional elective coursework.

Embedded Certificate(s)

Six technical certificates are available within this degree program: Network Support Technician (6109) (T.C.) , Network Infrastructure (6110) (T.C.) , Advanced Network Virtualization (6111) (T.C.) , Digital Forensics (6112) (T.C.) , Network Enterprise Administration (6113) (T.C.)  , and IP Communications (6114) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate, please contact an advisor to do so.


An internship is a required part of this degree program. Each credit hour in the internship course consists of 30 contact hours of which relates to 25 hours of documented jobsite internship experience. 

The Career

Florida State College at Jacksonville is the regional resource for employers in many types of computer technology. Graduates have been employed by CSX, Florida Blue, City of Jacksonville, Citi, Modis, TEKsystems, and other regional employers including the government and military.


Upon completion of this program, student will be prepared to pursue industry recognized certifications such as CompTIA’s A+ Microcomputer Technician certification, Network+, Security+, Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, and Cisco.

Need More Information? Contact:

Technology Department, (904) 598-5676 or


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 15

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 28

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Professional coursework.

Professional Elective Coursework

Minimum Credit Hours: 17

A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Professional Elective coursework.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Optional Tracks

Students may select one or more of the following technical tracks as they progress towards the A.S. degree. Each technical track aligns with a college credit technical certificate and consists of both professional core and professional elective course options. Technical tracks may be combined or “stacked” to create the 63 credit hour A.S. degree. Please consult with your advisor or Program Manager to determine the path that best suits your academic goals.

Network Support Technician
Network Infrastructure
Advanced Network Virtualization
Digital Forensics
Network Enterprise Administration
IP Communications

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020  or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
  7. Earned a grade of a C or higher in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher requirement.
  8. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.

Baccalaureate Transfer

The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, visit the Transfer Services page at or refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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