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Academic Certificate Program in Office Assistant

Division of Business — Curriculum Code 3009

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate

 

Why major in Office Assistant?

This major is designed for students who wish to gain proficiency in today’s high-tech office environment. This academic certificate program can be used as a career ladder for those students who want to continue for the associate’s degree in Business Administration: Office Administration & Computer Technology Option.

If I major in Office Assistant, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

While the program is not designed to transfer to a baccalaureate program, the student may apply these credits toward an associate’s degree in Business Administration: Office Administration & Computer Technology Option. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in one year. You may shorten the time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3222 or Enrollment Services at (973) 877-3100.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Effectively utilize state-of-the-art software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation packages to prepare a wide variety of business documents;
  • Demonstrate proficient proofreading and editing skills including the ability to use correct grammar, punctuation, and proofreaders’ marks; and
  • Communicate effectively using accurate ‘business’ terms and concepts in written and/or oral form.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(6 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)

ENG 101 (one 3-credit course)

Technological Competency (3 credits)

CIS 107 (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(12 credits)

OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communication (3 credits)
OCT 210 Office Systems Mangagement (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(12 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 141 Business Math (3 credits)
CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (3 credits)
CIS 136 Desktop Publishing (3 credits)

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

 

First Semester
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 141 Business Math (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting (3 credits)
CIS 107 Computer Literacy (3 credits)

Second Semester
OCT 121 Business Communication (3 credits)
OCT 210 Office Systems Management (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)
CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (3 credits)
CIS 136 Desktop Publishing (3 credits)

 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.