IT Systems Administrator

Build a career in the growing information technology and cybersecurity field.

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89 Weeks



Program Outline

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About The Program

The IT Systems Administrator diploma program offers 15 free certification exam vouchers for Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco, as well as a 4-month field placement opportunity.

Career Opportunities

As an IT Systems Administrator graduate, you will qualify for positions such as: PC and Networking Administrator, Windows Server Administrator, Windows Network Administrator, Systems Administrator, Active Directory Administrator, Smartphone Administrator, and Messaging Administrator.


94 %

Employment Rate*

$ 26

Average Wage/hr**

$ 45

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 2281, 2282 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Program Details

Did you know that there is an ever growing need for IT and cybersecurity professionals in almost every sector? So, if you’re interested in the expanding field of information technology and cybersecurity, then now is the right time to enroll into Eastern College’s IT Systems Administrator diploma program.

Learn about the technologies used to secure data access and how to configure computer and network technologies such as Cisco routers and switches, Microsoft Exchange server, Microsoft SQL server, as well as how to automate system administration using PowerShell scripts. You will take courses to help you learn how to install and configure Windows servers, understand Structured Query Language (SQL), gain solid working knowledge of the Linux operating system, and more.


Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Installing and Configuring Windows Server
The goal of this course is to provide individuals who have successfully completed an introduction to Windows with an in depth look at the different installation and configuration tasks necessary to manage Windows Server 2016. These tasks include Windows Server deployment, storage configuration, Hyper-V virtualization configuration, as well as fault tolerance, maintenance and monitoring. At course completion, you will complete a course survey at
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Windows Server Administration
This course focuses on the configuration of networking and network services within Windows Server 2016. More specifically, students will learn how to configure IPv4 and IPv6, manage IP addressing and DNS name resolution services, as well as provide for remote connectivity. Additionally, this course covers the material on the CompTIA Server+ certification exam. At course completion, you will complete a course survey at
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services
This course configuration and administration Windows Server Active Directory. Moreover, this course covers the configuration and management of Group Policy, certificates and identity access on Windows networks. At course completion, you will complete a course survey at
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. A+
This course introduces the essential operating system skills required of a computer support technician, and covers the skills necessary to achieve the 1000-series A+ Certification (exams 220-1001 and 220-1002). More specifically, students learn how to use, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot and maintain computer hardware alongside the Windows family of operating systems, as well as basic configuration of Linux, MacOS, and mobile operating systems.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Cisco CCNA
This course introduces students to the configuration of Cisco technologies. More specifically, this course allows students to expand their understanding of the TCP/IP, switching and routing concepts learned in Network+ to apply Cisco technologies. In addition, this course covers the concepts tested on the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam (200-125)
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Database & SQL Fundamentals
This course introduces students to the Structured Query Language (SQL) using Microsoft SQL Server 2016. More specifically, students will learn how to work with Microsoft SQL Server, perform SQL queries on sample databases, as well as create databases and manage the data within.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Exchange Server Administration and Design
This course introduces the skills and knowledge necessary to design, install, configure, administer, and support the Exchange Server 2016 messaging server within an enterprise environment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - IT Systems Administrator
At the successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed on an internship at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new and developed skills in a real-world environment. Hosts include small, medium, and large organizations that have an Information Technology department, or organizations that provide technology and technology services.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Linux Administration
When properly configured, Linux can serve as one of the most stable, secure, and performance-oriented operating systems available. It serves as a key component in enterprise virtualization and cloud service offerings and is used extensively in the computer forensics and cybersecurity space. In this course, students will learn how to install, configure, and administer the basic services of a Linux system. More specifically, they will gain a solid working knowledge of how the Linux operating system works, experience in navigating within the file structure, system and network administration skills, security tools and practices, and more. At course completion, students will have covered the topics covered on the CompTIA Linux+ (Powered by LPI) and CompTIA Cloud+ certification exams.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mobile Device Support
This course introduces students to the structure and function of ActiveSync and the BlackBerry Infrastructure, as well as the concepts and procedures required to support BlackBerry and non-BlackBerry smartphones in corporate and non-corporate environments.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Network+
In this course, students will learn the theory and concepts required to successfully administer and troubleshoot TCP/IP-based networks. In addition, this course provides the conceptual foundation for later networking courses and introduces the concepts covered on the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam (N10-007).
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sharepoint Essentials
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to configure and manage a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 environment. This course will teach students how to configure SharePoint Server 2013, as well as provide guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help them optimize their SharePoint server deployment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Access Fundamentals
This course consists on online training and assessment in Microsoft Access. Students are introduced to database concepts, and review basic functionality for the end-user, including creating and modifying database tables, queries, reports and forms.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - PowerPoint Fundamentals
This course consists on online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students are introduced to essential tools for creating attractive, professional looking slideshow presentations, with a focus on creating and formatting slides, tables, charts, and shapes, as well adding animations and transitions to slideshows.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Fundamentals
This course consists on online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills first introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Focus is on basic Word Processing skills, with emphasis on formatting text and paragraphs, inserting and modifying tables, inserting and modifying pictures, header and footer content, and page set-up features.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Excel Fundamentals
This course consists on online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Focus is on spreadsheet basics, with emphasis on creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating formulas, sorting and filtering data, creating and modifying charts, and using basic mathematical and logical functions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. SQL Server Administration
This course introduces the concepts and skills required to administer Microsoft SQL Server, including how to install/upgrade SQL Server, as well as create, manage, monitor, and optimize databases. Additionally, students will explore automation, security, replication, backup/restore, snapshots, log shipping and clustering.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Technology Management for IT Professionals
Communication as well as time and project management skills are vital for success in today’s IT industry. Through the use of examples, demonstrations, projects and group activities, students will examine various communication, time and project management strategies and techniques that are commonly used within the IT industry. Moreover, this course introduces students to the concepts necessary to achieve the CompTIA IT Project+ certification (PK0-004)
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Windows 10 Administration
This course introduces the skills and knowledge necessary to install, configure, administer, and support Microsoft Windows 10. In addition, you will learn about the various tools for administering, configuring, and troubleshooting Windows 10, as well as how to deploy and upgrade to Windows 10, configure disks, users, drivers, printers, network interfaces and security. This course is a prerequisite for all other Microsoft courses and covers the material tested on the MD-100 and MD-101 certification exams required to obtain the Modern Desktop Administrator Associate (MDAA) designation.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Windows PowerShell Scripting
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to write and maintain PowerShell scripts to automate all aspects of system administration for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. In addition to basic PowerShell concepts such as Cmdlets, Scripts and Pipelining, this course covers the interfaces built into the Windows operating system (eg. Windows Management Instrumentation - WMI and Active Directory Services Interfaces - ADSI) which scripts must call in order to manipulate the operating system. This course has been designed for system administrators and does not require an extensive background in programming.
Admission Requirements
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High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

Graduation Requirements (Nova Scotia ONLY)

A student must attain an overall average of at least 70% in each course, and successfully complete certification exams for A+ and Network+, in order to graduate and receive a diploma. A student must complete all requirements of the Student Success Strategies, Career Planning and Preparation courses, the Field Placement requirements, as well as meeting the attendance requirements as outlined by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education throughout the duration of his/her program.

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Employers Who Have Hired triOS Grads

  • JD Irving
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  • Xplornet
  • IBM Canada
  • Atlantic Telecommunications Group
  • CBC Radio Canada

Success Stories

“I am so thankful for the people and the education I received at Eastern College. I was given the tools to be successful and create an income off the education I received. Not only did this school land me the career I have now, I have life long friendships with the people I met here! I highly recommend this school!”