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College Catalog: Administrative and Office Support: Administrative Support Technology

Program: Administrative Support Technology
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Plan Code: 298
Length: 65 credit hours

Specialization: Word Information Processing
Plan Code: 298-01
Length: 65 credit hours

Specialization: Medical Office Administrative Assistant
Plan Code: 298-03
Length: 67 credit hours
This option is for someone interested in both the coding/reimbursement and medical office procedures who desires to obtain a position in a medical office setting.

Program Head: Joe Edenfield

Purpose: The Administrative Support Technology program is designed to equip persons with the knowledge and skills necessary to make decisions and perform successfully in office occupations. It provides opportunities for those persons employed in office occupations as well as those seeking a promotion and/or a degree to upgrade their skills and knowledge of new methods, practices, and innovations in business.

Occupational Objectives: Occupations for which this program prepares students include: Administrative Assistant, Executive Secretary, Machine Transcriptionist, Office Manager, Word/Information Processor, Related Office Occupations

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the Executive Secretary specialization, graduates will possess basic skills that are required for entry levels in business, government and other organizations. Upon completion of the Word Information Processing specialization, students should possess basic skills and knowledge that will enable them to make decisions and perform successfully in office occupations.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Administrative Support Technology 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.

Special Conditions: Students in Administrative Support Technology programs are expected to graduate with knowledge of current practices. Office technology and computer-related courses that are over five years old at the time of graduation will be evaluated on an individual basis by the program head or appropriate designee.

Program Requirements: The curriculum in Administrative Support Technology combines instruction in the areas required for competence as entry-level employees in business, government, and other organizations. Candidates for the Administrative Support Technology degree must successfully complete all required courses, must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all AST, ENG, ACC, and ITE courses.
Program Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the AAS Administrative Support Technology Program, students will be able to:

  • Use communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills for internal and external customer support.
  • Apply Business English, spelling, and Mathematics.
  • Use proper keyboarding skills to prepare documents quickly and accurately according to employer standards.
  • Create graphs, brochures, flyers, and presentations.
  • Use basic accounting principles/applications to maintain accounting records for various businesses.
  • Apply critical thinking, analytical, and quantitative skills in decision making and problem solving.
  • Use software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, or calendar tools, to input, manage, and interpret information to meet organization needs.
Administrative Support Technology AAS (298)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
FIRST YEAR
Fall
AST 101 Keyboarding I 4
ENG 111 English Composition I 3
ITE 115 Basic Computer Literacy 3
MTH 121 Fundamentals of Math1 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Social Science Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Spring
AST 102 Keyboarding II2 4
AST 113 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 1
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
BUS 125 Applied Business Mathematics 3
Social Science Elective 3
Speech Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 17
SECOND YEAR
Fall
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting3 3
ACC 110 Intro. to Computerized Accounting 1
AST 234 Records and Database Management 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
ITE 215 Adv. Computer Applications and Integration 3
Health or Physical Education 1
AST Elective 1
Total Semester Credits 15
Spring
AST 205 Business Communications 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3
Humanities ___ Humanities elective 3
ITE 130 Introduction to Internet Services 3
Health or Physical Education 1
Total Semester Credits 16
Total Program Credits 65
1. Students are encouraged to select MTH, ENG, and ACC courses with the help of their faculty advisor. Students may benefit by taking transfer level MTH, ENG, and ACC 211/213 based on personal goals.
2. High School Tech Prep graduates may wish to talk with their faculty advisor about receiving credit by exam for AST 102.
3. High School Tech Prep graduates should check with Admissions for vocational articulation credits.

Administrative Support Technology AAS
Specialization in Word Information Processing (298-01)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
AST 101 Keyboarding I 4
ENG 111 English Composition I 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
MTH 121 Fundamentals of Math2 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Social Science Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Spring Term
AST 102 Keyboarding II3 4
AST 113 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 1
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
Elective (ACC, AST, BUS, ECO, ITE, ITD, MDA, MKT) 3
Health or Physical Education 1
Social Science Elective 3
Speech Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 18
SECOND YEAR
Fall Term    
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I2 3
ACC 110 Introduction to Computerized Accounting 1
AST Elective4 1
AST 234 Records and Database Management 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
AST Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 14
Spring Term
Humanities ___ Humanities Elective 3
AST 205 Business Communications 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I 3
ITE 215 Adv. Computer Applications and Integration 3
Health or Physical Education 1
Total Semester 16
Total Credits 65
1. High School Tech Prep graduates should check with Admissions for vocational articulation credits.

2. Students are encouraged to select MTH and ACC courses with the help of their faculty advisor. Students may benefit by taking transfer level MTH and ACC 211/213 based on personal goals.

3. High School Tech Prep graduates may wish to talk with their faculty advisor about receiving credit-by-exam for AST 102.

4. The one-credit AST Electives (3rd Semester) must be selected from any of the AST one-credit courses.

5. The three-credit AST Elective (4th semester) must be selected from ACC, AST, BUS, ECO, ITE, MDA, or MKT.

6. Students must complete all AST, ENG, and ITE courses with a grade of “C” or better.


Administrative Support Technology AAS
Specialization in Medical Office Administrative Assistant (298-03)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
FIRST YEAR
Fall Term
AST 101 Keyboarding I 4
ENG 111 College Composition 3
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
MDA 207 (1st -8 weeks) 1
AST 141 Word Processing 3
AST 271 Medical Office Procedures 3
Total Semester Credits 18
Spring Term
AST 102 Keyboarding II 4
ITE 115 Computer Applications 3
HLT 144 Medical Terminology II 3
AST 234 Records and Database Mgt 3
HIM 195 E-Health Records (1st -8 weeks) 1
HLT (Wellness) 2
AST 195 (2nd -8 weeks) 1
Total Semester Credits 17
SECOND YEAR
Fall Term
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
MDA 208 Medical Coding (1st -8 weeks) 2
MDA 209 Medical Insurance (2nd -8 weeks) 2
MTH 121 Math 3
AST 205 Business Communications 3
  Social Science 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Spring Term
AST 244 Office Administration II 3
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3
Humanities ___ Humanities elective 3
ACC 110 Computerized Accounting (1st -8 weeks) 1
Humanities ___ Humanities elective 3
AST 236 Specialized Software 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Total Program Credits 67