Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Contact Hours: 375
Student Tuition: $3,999
The CompTIA A+ course will build upon students’ existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer software and hardware in order to present fundamental concepts and techniques that technicians will use every day on the job. Upon completing this course, students will gain the essential skills and technical expertise necessary to install, upgrade, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, repair and perform preventative maintenance on basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. The CompTIA A+ course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support. The course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 certification exams. Course topics include installation, configuration, preventative maintenance of PC hardware components, and the basics of networking, security, virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment. Students will also gain knowledge of diagnostic and troubleshooting processes for various types of technical issues.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
Describe the common features of PC hardware found on desktop and laptop computers
Explain network hardware, protocols, and how to build a network
Identify unique features and concerns specific to laptop computers
Describe the printing process, installation, and maintenance common printer types
Describe IT support operational procedures in a workplace
Explain the features, tools, and installation options of Windows Operating Systems
Identify the components of Windows Operating Systems networking, preventative maintenance, security settings, and virtualization
Describe common security threats and security-breach prevention methods
Explain the network setup, security, and synchronization of mobile devices
Describe the diagnostic and troubleshooting processes for hardware, software, networking, and security issues
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Upon successful completion of this Columbia Southern University program, students would be eligible to sit for the CompTIA A+ Certification Exams from CompTIA® and the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Columbia Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.
Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:
Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.
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