Associate in Technical Arts
These degree programs prepare students with a broad business background, as well as provide specialized training in office skills. While students are accepted into the program each quarter, those who start in September find it easier to schedule their courses in the suggested sequences. Prerequisites include: demonstrated proficiency in math, reading, English, and basic keyboarding skills. After completing the selected program, students will be prepared to compete for entry-level employment as office assistants, receptionists, and transcriptionists in general offices, legal offices, or medical offices.
These Business Office Technology degrees are based upon a first year of core course offerings. The Office Assistant, Legal Office Assistant, and Medical Office Assistant programs begin with a core group of courses. Since many of these courses are offered only one or two quarters during the year, it is essential that students accurately plan each year of study with the help of their advisor. During the second year, students will specialize in their selected field.
Program OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to keyboard with speed and accuracy.
- File correctly using alphabetic, numeric, geographic, and subject filing systems.
- Apply rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling in written and oral communications.
- Prepare documents using advanced features in word processing software.
- Format basic business letters, memos, reports, tables, press releases, itineraries, and newsletters.
- Compose business letters, memos, resumes and letters of application.
- Organize data using business math and practical accounting.
- Analyze and calculate data using spreadsheet software.
- Enter and organize data using database software.
- Obtain a first aid and CPR certificate.
- Operate a 10-key electronic calculator by touch.
- Demonstrate the ability to relate effectively with others in the classroom.
- Demonstrate human relations skills and professional behavior necessary for successful job performance.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply acquired skills in the workplace.
- Transcribe from recorded dictation.
- Enter accounting transactions and generate reports using Quick Books.
- Analyze data and report information using database software.
- Possess a basic understanding of receiving office visitors, using the telephone, scheduling appointments, customer service, and confidentiality skills in an office.
- Develop effective presentations using presentation software.
- Develop effective communication skills using electronic software.
Recommended Course Schedule
Fall Quarter, First Year
|H R 110||Human Relations - Workplace||5|
|BTEC 102||Skillbuilding I||3|
|BTEC 110||Business English||5|
Winter Quarter, First Year
|BUS& 201||Business Law||5|
|BTEC 210||Word I||5|
|BTEC 221||Business Communications||5|
|HLTH 145||Safety & Fitness||3|
Spring Quarter, First Year
|BTEC 120||Business Math||3|
|BTEC 219||Word II||4|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|SPEE 101||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
Fall Quarter, Second Year
|ACCT 110||Practical Accounting I||3|
|BTEC 115||Machine Transcription||4|
|BTEC 214||Excel I||5|
|CNT 117||Windows Workstation||2|
Winter Quarter, Second Year
|ACCT 120||Practical Accounting II||3|
|BTEC 191||Co-op Work Experience Seminar||1|
|BTEC 203||Skillbuilding II||3|
|BTEC 212||Access I||3|
|BTEC 225||Excel II||
Spring Quarter, Second Year
|ACCT 130||Basic Computer Accounting||3|
|BTEC 190||Cooperative Work Experience|
|BTEC 216||Access II||4|
|BTEC 222||PowerPoint Module||1|
|BTEC 224||Office Procedures||5|