Office Systems Technology program is an integrated curriculum which prepares graduates at the certificate, diploma, and associate degree level. The Office Systems Technology program prepares students to work in an office environment of people, process, and technologies. Job titles may include Administrative Assistant, Office Assistant, Office Manager, and Financial Assistant. These personnel use a variety of office technology and computer-based applications (word processing, electronic mail, desktop publishing, graphics, database, and spreadsheet). They support and help facilitate accurate communication and information exchange to internal and external customers on a timely basis.
Technical courses combined with general education courses prepare students for today’s workforce and provide a basis for lifelong learning, a necessity for the workforce of the future. Students select an area of specialty from the following options: financial assistant, administrative, desktop publishing, legal, and medical. Program graduates are employed in professional office, education, government, businesses, and industries. Graduates may choose to sit for the Certified Professional Secretary Examination or Certified Administrative Professional Examination or Microsoft Office Specialists Certifications. Students entering this program will need to have basic computer skills and keyboarding skills. Those skills may be obtained through OST 105 (Introduction to Information Systems) or a comparable Computer Literacy** course and OST 100 (Keyboarding) and OST 101 (Keyboarding & Introduction to Document Formatting).
**Successfully passing the computer competency exam will satisfy this requirement. If the computer competency exam is successfully completed, the student must take three (3) credit hours of coursework approved by the program coordinator.
*Medical Option Students must take BIO 135 or BIO 130 or (BIO 137 and BIO 139).
***Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredited colleges must require Economics..