Higher Education Partnerships

Mercer County Community College's Security Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree

In partnership with Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, SIA developed the Security Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree to train new entrants into the security industry. The degree prepares students for jobs that support the selling, installation and management, and technical support of physical security systems technologies in an IP-based networked environment.

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Program Outcomes

  • Understand, configure, and install physical security hardware and software, cameras and optics, access control systems, video management systems (VMS), as well as fire and burglary systems, and perform control station monitoring.
  • Understand, describe, and implement physical security practices and procedures.
  • Understand, describe, and implement computer network protocols and standards.
  • Sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Security+ exams.
  • Use printed and online technical documentation.
  • Work effectively as individuals and in workgroups to install and implement physical security systems technologies.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.

Students excelling in the program may be eligible to participate in internship opportunities that periodically become available in the physical security product manufacturers, system distributors and systems integrators sectors. A capstone experience during the last semester allows students to participate in the design and implementation of a real-world security solution.

Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or its equivalent, one year of high school algebra, and competency in English composition, reading, and mathematics as determined by placement testing. Students who are required to complete foundations courses should plan their curriculum with a faculty advisor.

Program applicants must demonstrate an understanding of how to configure, install, diagnose and troubleshoot microcomputer hardware components and operating systems software, or should enroll in NET 102 (Introduction to PC Hardware and Software) during their first semester.


Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits

First Semester
  • EET 130 Fundamentals of Electronics (2/2) 3
  • ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
  • IST 101 Computer Concepts with Applications (2/2) 3
  • NET 103 IT Essentials (2/3) 3
  • NET 104 Fundamentals of Computer Networks (2/2) 3
Second Semester
  • CSW 100 College Success and Personal Wellness (2/0) 2
  • EET 141 Electrical Wiring and Cabling (2/2) 3
  • ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0) 3
  • MAT 125 Elementary Statistics I (3/0)1 3
  • NET 130 Routing and Switching Essentials (2/2) 3
  • SST 200 Physical Security Product Technologies (2/2) 3
Third Semester
  • CMN 111 Speech: Human Communication (3/0) 3
  • EET 215 Fiber Optics (3/2) 4
  • NET 230 Scaling Networks (2/2) 3
  • NET 239 Connecting Networks (2/2) 3
  • SST 210 Security Project Management (2/2) 3
Fourth Semester
  • BUS 210 Principles of Management (3/0) 3
  • BUS 230 Global Environment of Business (3/0)2 3
  • NET 240 Network Security (2/2) 3
  • SST 220 Systems Integration: A Business Blueprint (2/2) 3
  • SST 230 Security Sales: The Consultative Approach (2/2) 3
  • --- --- General Education elective3 3

66 total credit hours


  • 1 Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program should take MAT 135 or higher-level mathematics course.
  • 2 Students intending to transfer should substitute a lab science course.
  • 3 Select course from either Social Science or Humanities general education categories.
  • † Some exemptions apply. Consult academic advisor for details.
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