Administrative Support Technology

Award: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE

Length: A full-time student may complete this

program in four to five semesters, depending upon

the track chosen.

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree

program in Administrative Support Technology is

designed to educate and train students wishing

to enter or advance in an office support career.

With three tracks offered under the Administrative

Support Technology umbrella, students are given

the opportunity to select a course of study that will

meet their occupational objectives.

Occupational Objectives: Possible employment

opportunities include:

  • Administrative Assistant

  • Executive Secretary

  • Medical Secretary

  • Medical Insurance Coder

  • Office Manager

Admission Requirements: In addition to the

admission requirements established for the College,

entry into this program requires completion of

four units of high school English and one unit

of high school mathematics. If you meet the

general admission requirements, a counselor will

discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses

of your academic background and your strengths

and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate

placement test. You may correct any deficiencies

in academic preparation in the College’s

Developmental Studies program.

Program Description: Designed for completion in

two years, all tracks of the Administrative Support

Technology program combine instruction in critical

areas related to successful career advancement

within the office support area

The General Office Specialization provides

broad-based knowledge and skills needed in many

different types of businesses.

The Medical Office Specialization offers training

needed to work in a medical environment with

specific training in medical insurance coding and

medical transcription. The medical courses are

usually taught during the evenings. A coding student

who makes below a “C�? in a HIT course is strongly

encouraged to retake the course. A transcription

student who makes below a “C�? in any AST or HIT

course is strongly encouraged to retake the course.

Program Requirements: To receive the Associate

of Applied Science Degree, you must complete a

minimum of 69 credits in the General Office Track;

a minimum of 69 credits in the Legal Specialization;

and 67-69 credits for the Medical Office

Specialization. Students must have a cumulative

grade point average of 2.0 or better to graduate.

The following outlines represent a typical order of

courses taken by full-time day students. Part-time

and/or evening students may take courses in any

desired order, except for sequence courses, or

courses requiring prerequisites.



 

Administrative Support Technology - General Office Specialization
Course Sequence
Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
First Semester
AST 101/103   Keyboarding I + Lab 2 2 3
AST243 Office Administration I 3 0 3
ENG 134   Grammar for Writing and Speaking 3 0 3
BUS 121   Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
ITE 116 Survey of Computer Software Applications 2 0 2
SDV 100   College Success Skills 1 0 1
    Total 14 2 15
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Second Semester
AST 113 Keyboarding for Speed & Accuracy 0 2 1
AST 102/104   Keyboarding II + Lab 2 2 3
AST 234   Records & Database Management 3 0 3
ENG 135 Applied Grammar 3 0 3
AST 244   Office Administration II 3 0 3
ECO 100   Elementary Economics 3 0 3
Total 14 4 16
           
Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Third Semester
ACC 111 Accounting I 3 0 3
AST 238/239
  Advanced Word Processing Operations + Lab 2 2 3
ITD 115   Web Page Design & Site Management 2 2 3
ITE 140   Spreadsheet Software 3 0 3
ITE 150   Desktop Database Software 3 2 4
HLT/PED   Health/Physical Ed. 0 2 1
    Total 13 8 17
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fourth Semester
ACC 110 Intro to Computerized Accounting 2 0 2
BUS 235   Business Letter Writing 3 0 3
AST 205 Business Communications 3 0 3
AST 253/255
Advanced Desktop Publishing (Word) + Lab 2
2
3
SPA 103   Basic Spoken Spanish I 3 0 3
SDV 106   Preparation for Employment 1 0 1
BIO/NAS/MTH Science or Math Elective 3 0 3
Total 17 2 18
           
Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology (General Office Specialization).............................................................................................66

 


 

Administrative Support Technology - Medical Office Specialization
Course Sequence
Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
First Semester
AST 101/103   Keyboarding I + Lab 2 2 3
BIO 100 Basic Human Biology 3 0 3
ENG 134   Grammar for Writing and Speaking 3 0 3
HLT 143   Medical Terminology I 3 0 3
ITE 116
Survey of Computer Software Applications 2
0
2
SDV 100   College Success Skills 1 0 1
    Total 14 2 15
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Second Semester
HIM 143
Managing Electronic Billing in a Medical Practice 3 0 3
AST 102/104   Keyboarding II + Lab 2 2 3
AST 234   Records & Database Management 3 0 3
ENG 135 Applied Grammar 3 0 3
HLT 144 Medical Terminology Ii 3 0 3
Total 14 2 15
           
Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Third Semester
HIM 130   Health Information Systems 3 0 3
AST 238/239
  Advanced Word Processing Operations + Lab 2
2
3
Total 5 2 6
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fourth Semester
ITD 115 Web Page Design & Site Management 2 2 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3
ITE 150 Desktop Database Software 3 2 4
BUS 121 Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
HIM 226
  Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation 2
0
2
Total 13 4 15
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fifth Semester
AST 244 Office Administration II 3 0 3
HLT/PED Approved Wellness Elective 0 2 1
ECO 100   Elementary Economics 3 0 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software 3 0 3
SPA 103   Basic Spoken Spanish I 3 0 3
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1 0 1
Total 13 2 14
           
Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology (Medical Office Specialization)............................................................................................65

 

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