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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office with a major in Administrative Support Technology
Length: 
Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: 

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment immediately upon completion of the community college program.  Both persons who are seeking their first employment in an office position and those who are seeking promotion may benefit from this curriculum. 

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Support Specialist
  • Executive Secretary
  • Legal Secretary
  • Medical Secretary
  • Office Manager
  • Word Processing Specialist

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Administrative Support Technology program requires competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years. 

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
AST 1011 Keyboarding I 3 0 3
AST 136 Office Record Keeping 3 0 3
AST 160 Learning the Internet for Business 1 0 1
AST 260 Presentation Software (PowerPoint) 2 0 2
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
SDV 100
College Success Skills 1 0 1
HLT/PED Health/Phy. Ed. Elective 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15
Second Semester
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3 0 3
AST 136 Specialized Software Applications (Excel) 3 0 3
CST 110 Intro. to Communications 3 0 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
Elective2 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Elective3 Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18 
Third Semester
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills 3 0 3
AST 141 Word Processing I (Word) 3 0 3
AST 234 Records and Database Management (Access) 3 0 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3
Elective5 Business 3 0 3
Elective6 Math or Natural Science 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Fourth Semester
AST 205 Business Communications 3 0 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3 0 3
AST 253 Advanced Desktop Publishing I 3 0 3
AST 298* Seminar and Project 3 0 3
ITD 110 Web Page Design I 4 0 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 16 0 16
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 67
Notes: 

1Students who possess Keyboarding skills may petition for advanced placement with Credit by Examination.
2Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.
3Courses may be chosen from the Social Science General Electives.
4Students my choose BUS 100, BUS 200, or BUS 205.
5Recommend MTH 120.
*This is a capstone course and should be taken the last semester.

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