Associate in Applied Science

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

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).

Office Systems Technology - 5204027039

General Education:

  • ENG 101 Writing I (3)
  • MAT 105 Business Mathematics OR (3)
  • MAT 110 Applied Mathematics OR (3)
  • Higher Level Quantitative Course (3)
  • Heritage/Humanities/Foreign Language Course (3)
  • Oral Communication Course (3)
  • Natural Science Course (3-4)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences Course*** (3)
  • General Education Credit Hours 18-19

Technical Core

  • OST 105 Introduction to Information Systems (3)
  • OST 110 Document Formatting and Word Processing (3)
  • OST 160 Records and Database Management (3)  
  • OST 210 Advanced Word Processing Application (3)
  • OST 215 Office Procedures (3)
  • OST 240 Software Integration (3)
  • OST 235 Business Communications Technology (3)
  • OST 275 Office Management (3)  
  • Technical Core Credit Hours 24

***Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredited colleges must require Economics.

Administrative Option - 520402701

  • ACT 101 Fundamentals of Accounting I OR (3)
  • Higher Level Accounting Course (3)
  • OST 220 Administrative Office Simulation (3)

Choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the following list:

  • OST 150 Transcription and Office Technology (3)  
  • BAS 120 Personal Finance (3)
  • BAS 160 Introduction to Business (3)
  • ENG 102 Writing II (3)
  • OST 108 Editing Skills for the Office Professional (3)
  • OST 272 Presentation Graphics (3)
  • OST 250 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3)
  • OST 255 Introduction to Business Graphics
  • OST 295 Office Systems Technology Internship (3)    
  • Total Administrative Option Credit Hour 15
  • Total Credit Hours OST AAS: Administrative Option 60-61

Financial Assistant Option - 520402703

  • ACT 101 Fundamentals of Accounting I OR (3)
  • Higher Level Accounting Course (3)
  • ACT 102 Fundamentals of Accounting II OR (3)
  • Higher Level Accounting Course (3)
  • ACT 279 Computerized Accounting Systems (3)  

Choose three courses (9 hours) from the following list: 

  • BAS 160 Introduction to Business (3)
  • BAS 120 Personal Finance (3)
  • ENG 102 Writing II
  • OST 108 Editing Skills for the Office Professional
  • OST 150 Transcription and Office Technology
  • OST 250 Advanced Desktop Publishing
  • OST 255  Introduction to Business Graphics
  • OST 272 Presentation Graphics
  • OST 295 Office Systems Technology Internship  (3)
  • Total Financial Assistant Option Credit Hours 18
  • Total Credit Hours OST AAS Financial Assistant: Option 60-61

Desktop Publishing Option - 520402704

  • OST 130 Typography (3)
  • OST 225 Introduction to Desktop Publishing (3)
  • OST 250 Advanced Desktop Publishing (3)
  • OST 255 Introduction to Business Graphics (3)
  • OST 272 Presentation Graphics (3)
  • OST 220 Administrative Office Simulation OR (3)
  • OST 295 Office Systems Technology Internship (3)
  • Total Desktop Publishing Option Credit Hours 21
  • Total Credit Hours OST AAS: Desktop Publishing Option 62-64

Legal Administrative Option - 520402705

  • ACT 101 Fundamentals of Accounting I OR (3)
  • Higher Level Accounting (3)
  • Additional Accounting (ACC or ACT) course (3)
  • BAS 267 Introduction to Business Law (3)
  • OST 109 Legal Terminology (3)
  • OST 221 Legal Office Simulations (3)
  • MIT 103 Medical Office Terminology OR (3)
  • CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek and Latin OR (3)
  • AHS 115 Medical Terminology (3)
  • Total Legal Administrative: Assistant Option Credit Hours 18
  • Total Credit Hours OST AAS: Legal Administrative Option 60-61