General Office Studies - Certificate

Program Coordination: Graduates will have 26 credits towards the A.A.S. in Administrative Support Technology ? General Office and are strongly encouraged to complete the full degree.

Industry Credentials: Office Proficiency Assessment Certification (OPAC)

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various administrative support functions to perform satisfactorily in an office environment.
  2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  3. Key with a level of speed and accuracy acceptable to perform satisfactorily to industry standards.
  4. Perform mathematical calculations to accurately complete financial and accounting functions used in an office environment.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of alphabetic and numeric filing rules to efficiently file and retrieve documents.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in using word processing software to accurately format a variety of business correspondence.

Program Information

This program provides training in basic skills needed to work in an office environment.

Minimum credits: 26

Length: 2 semesters

Sample Careers: 

  • Receptionist: $27,300,  Job Growth:10% from 2014-2024 
  • General Office Clerk: $29,580, Job Growth: 6% 
  • Financial Clerk: $33,200

*Median salaries job growth nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

Division: Arts, Sciences, Business

Contact: 434.797.8474

Course Sequence

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
AST 101/103 Keyboarding I + Lab 2 2 4 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3 3
BUS 121Business Math 3 0 3 3
ENG 134 Grammar for Writing & Speaking 3 0 3 3
ITE 116 Survey of Computer Applns 2 0 2 2
Total 13 2 15 14
Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
AST 102/104 Keyboarding II + Lab 2 2 4 3
AST 102/104 Keyboarding II + Lab 2 2 4 3
AST 234 Records Database Mgmt 3 0 3 3
ENG 135 Applied Grammar 3 0 3 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3 0 3 3
Total 11 2 13 12

For more information consult the College Catalog