Clerical Studies (218)

Award: Clerical Studies Certificate

Gainful Employment

Length: Variable (designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Cinda Schmitt

Purpose: The Clerical Studies Certificate program is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment immediately upon completion of the community college program. This curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both those who are seeking their first employment in an office position as well as those who are re-entering the office workforce or seeking promotion. Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess basic skills and knowledge that are essential to a successful clerical career.

Occupational Objectives

  • Data Entry Clerk
  • File Clerk
  • General Office Worker
  • Receptionist
  • Word Processing Trainee

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Clerical Studies curriculum requires proficiency in basic arithmetic and English. Students who are not proficient in these subjects will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses. Students who have had keyboarding may be granted advanced placement upon acceptance in the program.

Program Requirements

The curriculum in Clerical Studies combines instruction in the areas required for competence as an entry-level employee in business, government, and other organizations. Candidates for the Clerical Studies Certificate must successfully complete all required courses and must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all AST, ENG, and ITE courses.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Clerical Studies Certificate Program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply business English, spelling, and mathematics.
  2. Use proper keyboarding skills to prepare documents quickly and accurately according to employer standards.
  3. Demonstrate the administrative support role and the skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting.

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

Fall Term
AST 101 Keyboarding I 4
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications
and Concepts 3
MTH 121 Fundamentals of Mathematics 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 17

Spring Term
AST 102 Keyboarding II 4
AST 113 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 1
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
AST Elective1 1
AST Elective1 1
AST Elective1 1
AST 205 Business Communications 3
ITE 215 Advanced Computer Applications 3
Total 17

Total Minimum Credits 34

1 The one-credit AST Electives must be selected from any of the AST
one-credit courses.