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

  • Legal Secretary/Paralegal

  • Medical Secretary

  • Medical Transcriptionist

  • 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 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

 

    Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
First Semester      
AST 101   Keyboarding I 2 0 2
AST 103   Keyboarding I Lab 0 2 0
PSY 126   Psychology for
Business/Industry
3 0 3
ENG 134   Grammar for
Writing & Speaking
3 0 3
BUS 121   Business Math I 3 0 3
ITE 115   Intro. to Computer Applications & Concepts 3 2 4
SDV 100   College Success Skills 1 0 1
HLT/PED   Health/Physical Ed. 0 2 1
Total     15 6 18

 

    Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Second Semester      
AST 102   Keyboarding II 2 0 2
AST 104   Keyboarding II Lab 0 2 1
AST 234   Records & Database Mgt. 3 0 3
ECO 100   Elementary Economics 3 0 3
ENG 135   Applied Grammar 3 0 3
HLT/PED   Health/Physical Ed. 0 2 1
AST/ITE   Elective 0 2 1
BIO/NAS
or          
MTH   Science or Math Elective 3 0 3
Total     14 6 17

 

    Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Third Semester      
ACC 111   Accounting I 3 0 3
AST 243   Office Administration I 3 0 3
AST 238   MS Word 2 0 2
AST 239   MS Word Lab 0 2 1
BUS 235   Business Letter Writing 3 0 3
AST 113   Speedbuilding 0 2 1
ITE 140   ITE Spreadsheet Software 3 0 3
Total     16 2 17

 

    Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fourth Semester      
ACC 110   Introduction to
Computerized Acct. Peachtree
2 0 2
AST 244   OfficeAdministration II 3 0 3
AST 201   Keyboarding III(Intern.) 2 0 2
AST 202   Keyboarding III Lab 0 2 1
AST 205   BusinessCommunications 3 0 3
AST 253   Desktop Publishing 2 0 2
AST 255   DesktopPublishing Lab 0 2 1
SPA 103   Basic SpokenSpanish 3 0 3
SDV 106   Job Search Strategies 1 0 1
Total     16 4 18

Total Minimum Credits for the
Associate of Applied Science Degree
in
Administrative Support Technology
(General Office Specialization)...............................................69

 

 


 

Administrative Support Technology - Medical Office Specialization

 

    Lecture
Hours 
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
First Semester      
AST 101   Keyboarding I 2 0 2
AST 103   Keyboarding I Lab 0 2 1
ENG 134   Grammar for Writing & Speaking 3 0 3
BUS 121   Business Mathematics I 3 0 3
BIO 100   Basic Human Biology 3 0 3
HLT 143   Medical Terminology I 3 0 3
SDV 100   College Success Skills 1 0 1
Total     15 2 16

 

    Lecture
Hours  
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Second Semester      
AST 102   Keyboarding II 2 0 2
AST 104   Keyboarding II Lab 0 2 1
ITE 115,   Intro. to Comp. Applications & Concepts 3 2 4
ENG 135   Applied Grammar 3 0 3
HLT 144   Medical Terminology II 3 0 3
HLT/PED   Health/Physical Ed. 0 2 1
AST 245   Medical Machine
Transcription I**
2 0 2
Total     13**-11* 6 16**14*

      Lecture
Hours      
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Third Semester      
AST 234   Records & Database Mgt. 3 0 3
PSY 126   Psychology for Business/Industry 3 0 3
ECO 100   Elementary Economics 3 0 3
AST 113   Speedbuilding** 0 2 1
HIT 106   ICD-9-CM Coding I* 2 0 2
Total     9**-11* 2 10**-11*

 

    Lecture
Hours  
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fourth Semester      
HIT 100   Intro. to HealthCare Del. Systems I 1 0 1
ACC 111   Accounting I ** 3 0 3
AST 238   MS Word 2 0 2
AST 239   MS Word Lab 0 2 1
HIT 195   ICD-9-CM Coding II* 3 0 3
HIT 226   Legal Aspects ofRecord Doc. 2 0 2
AST 243   Office Administration I 3 0 3
AST 295   Medical Mach.Transcription II** 2 0 2
HLT/PED   Health/Physical Ed. 0 2 1
Total     13**-11* 2 15**-13*
 

 

    Lecture
Hours  
Lab
Hours 
Course
Credits
Fifth Semester      
AST 244   Office Administration II 3 0 3
AST 201   Keyboarding III(Internship)                2 0 2
AST 202   Keyboarding III Lab 0 2 1
HIT 105   CPT Coding* 2 0 2
HIT 143 Managing Electronic
BillingMedical Practice*
3 0 3
SDV 106   Job Search Strategies 1 0 1
SPA 103   Basic Spoken Spanish 3 0 3
Total   9**-
14*
2 10**-15*
Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Applied
Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology
(Medical Office Specialization)
.........................................67**-69*

 

*Coding Option

** Transcription Option - students can pursue
either the coding option or the transcription option. Many
students take all courses for both options  

Program Student Outcomes

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