Word Processing Technician (221-298-13)

Award: Certificate in Career Studies

Gainful Employment

Option: Word Processing Technician

Length: Variable – Twenty-nine (29) credit hours (Designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Cinda Schmitt

Purpose: This program is designed for persons seeking employment in the word processing field or for those presently in business who desire to increase their knowledge or update their skills. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the skills necessary to perform entry level word processing tasks.

Occupational Objectives

  • Computer Operator
  • Office Service Trainee
  • Skill Upgrading for Office Personnel
  • Word Processing Technician
  • Word Processing Trainee
  • Related Computer Occupations

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Word Processing Technician Career Studies Certificate 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. To enter the Word Processing Technician Career Studies Certificate program, students must have completed AST 101 or have the equivalent keyboarding skills. Students must demonstrate proficiency in AST 101 by taking and passing the AST 101 Credit-by-Examination with a minimum grade of “B” or by enrolling in the course.

Program Requirements

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

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

Fall Term
AST 102 Keyboarding II 4
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
AST Elective 1
AST Elective 1
AST Elective 1
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
ITE 115 Basic Computer Literacy 3
Total 16

Spring Term
AST 113 Keyboarding for Speed/Accuracy 1
AST 205 Business Communications 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software or ITE 215 Adv. Computer Applications 3
Total 13

Total Minimum Credits 29

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