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Office Studies Certificate

The Program (HEGIS Code 5005)

This program provides administrative office training for those students who have had no previous office training or to provide advanced training for those who possess office and computer skills to a limited degree and desire an increase in or updating of present skills. In addition, this certificate program provides a basic core of work which may be applied towards the Office Technologies A.A.S. degree programs. This program may be completed in one year of full-time study or on a part-time basis over an extended period of time.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Office Studies Certificate program will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, create and communicate professional and effective oral and written means of communication (memorandums, letters, fax cover sheets, reports, and agendas).
  • Demonstrate keyboarding and data-entry speed and accuracy using industry accepted standards.
  • Demonstrate communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, emphasizing managerial and leadership ability as well as team work. 

Computer Requirements

Students entering this program are required to purchase or lease a professional microcomputer system for home use. Computers are an integral part of all course instruction within the Office Studies program. Computer specifications are available at or upon request.

Career Opportunities

This certificate program prepares the student for entry-level and general office level positions in business, industry, and government.

Administrative office duties include handling telephone calls, greeting visitors, determining visitor needs, and scheduling appointments. Duties may include keyboarding documents, reports, and forms using a variety of software applications; filing and retrieving documents; sorting and distributing mail, scheduling and posting information to records using electronic mail and calendars.

Careers may include office support staff, receptionist, clerk typist, file clerk, keyboarding specialists, microcomputer typist, and data entry clerk.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the administrative, office, and clerical support category is one of the largest occupational areas. Most organizations employ administrative support personnel to handle administrative responsibilities. Employment opportunities are best for individuals with extensive software application knowledge.


Certificate Requirements (Effective Fall 2013)
Credit Hours
Office Technologies Core Requirements (16 Credit Hours)  
OFC 121: Beginning Keyboarding*   2
OFC 122: Intermediate Keyboarding 2
OFC 126: Business Communications 3
OFC 211: Administrative Software Applications 3
OFC 225: Administrative Support Services 3
OFC 226: Administrative Correspondence 3
Business Core Requirements (12-14 Credit Hours)  
BUS 116: Applied Business Mathematics** 3-4
BUS 125: Managing Information in the Workplace 3
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 3
Business Elective: (Chosen from ACC, BUS, ECO and OFC) 3-4
Liberal Arts Requirement (3 Credit Hours)  
ENG 100: College Composition or ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
TOTAL 31-33

* Students entering with advanced keyboarding skills may choose from the following options:

A student may, upon successful completion of a proficiency exam, request from the Business Department, a waiver to substitute a 2-3 credit hour Business Elective (chosen from ACC, BUS, ECO and OFC); or

 A student will, upon successful completion of a division-approved OFC 121 Credit by Examination, be granted 2 credit hours to meet program requirements.

**May substitute appropriate mathematics course


For More Information

Stephanie Pierce, Assistant Professor of Office Technologies

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522