Computer Network Architecture - Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Architecture will prepare graduates to work as computer network architects, engineers, and managers in designing and implementing computer and information networks; performing network modeling, analysis and planning; and implementing advanced cloud and virtualization technologies at the enterprise level.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Complete the Online Application.

Enrollment Point: Spring

Certificate of Completion: 
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
90 Credits

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Days to be Announced

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Hybrid

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Zachary Rubin

Entry Requirements

Admission into the BAS program is selective. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. Students are admitted in a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to full time students. In order to be placed into the admissions pool, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. An earned associate degree (or 90 equivalent college-level credits) in Information Technology or related area from a regionally accredited institution. First consideration will be given to those with an associate degree.
  2. A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA across all college coursework.
  3. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the following IT courses:
    • Computer Hardware, Desktop Operating Systems – 5 credits
    • Networking Fundamentals – 5 credits
    • Windows Server (Installation and Administration) – 5 credits
    • Linux (Installation and Administration) – 5 credits
  4. Completion of at least 20 credits of college-level General Education coursework with a minimum 2.0 GPA in English Composition (ENGL&101) or equivalent.
  5. Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 095) or AMATH 190 or equivalent.
  6. Personal statement – Applicants are required to write a 500 word maximum personal statement that describes how the BAS program will advance their professional goals. Example topics include previous career experience, unique attributes that the applicant will bring to the program, hardships the applicant has overcome in pursuing his/her educational or work goals, and other special considerations that the applicant believes will make them a good candidate for the program. The essay should be typewritten and in a legible font size.

Admission Recommendations

  • Counselor and instructor interview



Course Information

Baccalaureate Courses

Core Technical Courses Credits
CNA 330               Databases and Structured Query Language 5
CNA 335               Network Programming and Scripting for Network Management 5
CNA 336               Network Programming in Python 5
CNA 337               Network Programming in Java 5
CNA 340               IT Project Management 5
CNA 350               Software Defined Networks I – Private Cloud 5
CNA 421               Cloud Services Architecting – Public Cloud 5
CNA 440               Network Infrastructure Planning and Deployment 5
CNA 450               Software Defined Networks II – Cloud Migration 5
CNA 480               Virtual Infrastructure and Cloud Security 5
CNA 481               Troubleshooting Physical and Virtual Network Infrastructures 5
CNA 492               Senior Capstone Project 5
CNA 493               Cooperative Education/Internship (optional) 5 (varies)
Total Core Requirements 60

General Education Courses

PHIL 481 Legal and Ethical Aspects of IT 5
Communications Courses Two Required 10
Quantitative Reasoning Courses One Required 5
Humanities Courses One Additional Required 5
Social Sciences Courses Two Required 10
Natural Sciences Courses Two Required 10
Elective Courses Up to Three 15
Total General Education Requirements   30-40
Total BAS in Application Development Requirements   90

Students should complete 20-30 credits of General Education during the pursuit of an Associate degree for a total of 60 credits of General Education courses to fulfill all state requirements for a BAS degree. Up to three courses, or 15 credits of General Education courses may come from any area.

Program Outcomes

  • Utilize computer network engineering and architecting best practices, network testing principles, and quality assurance techniques.                                                                    
  • Monitor, log, troubleshoot, and correct network issues.                                                  
  • Plan and implement end-to-end physical and virtual network infrastructures.                                       
  • Remotely administrate systems and network infrastructure.                                         
  • Use scripting and programming languages to automate configuration and management.                  
  • Evaluate new networking technologies to support a business or organization.                                        
  • Work effectively on diverse teams.                                                                           
  • Manage a network infrastructure project including business requirements, technical specifications, resources, and documentation.                        
  • Communicate technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences in written and oral form.                                                                                                                                 
  • Document network infrastructure project work with clear and appropriate language.  


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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