Students sitting in computer lab

Penetration Testing - Program Details

In the penetration testing degree program, you'll learn how to team up with clients, testing their networks for weak spots with their permission. You'll get hands-on with tools used by hackers, create controlled testing environments, and delve into research. Your communication skills will grow as you draft detailed reports. You'll also learn to keep computer parts and programs in top shape, design network solutions, and work in teams for computer safety. Students will handle basic network tasks, making sure both wired and wireless setups are safe, and speak clearly with others in tech roles. They'll also explore online safety, using that knowledge to craft safer networks. On top of this, this degree will help prepare you to test for recognized certifications such as CompTIA’s Security+ and EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker.

The Start of a Promising Career

If you're drawn to ethical hacking and understanding cyber attacks, the penetration testing degree is for you. You'll gain the tools and insights to start a robust career in cybersecurity.

Program Outcomes

After completing this program you'll be able to:

  • Use tools to check and fix system weak spots.
  • Choose and apply the right steps for testing jobs.
  • Write clear reports after tests for clients.
  • Keep computer parts and software up to date.
  • Troubleshoot and mend computer and software glitches.
  • Design and draw out network solutions.
  • Work together for computer safety.
  • Set up and update personal computers.
  • Manage and secure wired and Wi-Fi networks.
  • Ensure smooth access to tools and networks and solve issues.
  • Study web safety and improve network designs.
  • Communicate well in tech settings.

Courses and Curriculum

In this program, you’ll learn about everything from basic network solutions to large-scale security. This degree can be completed in 93-96 credit hours and includes classwork and practical experience.

Explore the Course Curriculum

Your Future in Penetration Testing

The skills you'll learn at Mt. Hood Community College will set you on the path to a thriving career in penetration testing and cybersecurity. If you're passionate about cybersecurity and protecting important data, this degree program is the perfect fit for you.

See career opportunities

Take the next step with Mt. Hood Community College

Have questions about the Penetration Testing Program?

Read Penetration Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to Get Started?

Talk with an Advisor

Apply or Request Information