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Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science

Office Administration (2265)

There was a time when secretaries had to type like rolling thunder and excel in shorthand. Today, your title is apt to be administrative assistant rather than secretary, the emphasis is on technology instead of stenography and Excel has a whole new meaning. CEOs and management count on office administrators to keep day-to-day tasks flowing smoothly. In return, you can count on stable employment, outstanding benefits, and excellent income potential with rapid advancement, especially if you have a degree.

Degree courses in Office Administration provide training in office budgets, spreadsheets, and human resources. Soft skills, such as business communications and customer service, are combined with software applications, including Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point, and Publisher.

Florida Community College partners with leading commercial and medical organizations throughout N.E. Florida. Your program is geared to meet their projected growth. Business leaders give master classes on our campuses, hold presentations and job fairs.

Technical certificates are included as options within this degree program: Office Support, Office Specialist and Office Management. Students may choose to pursue the A.S. or A.A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificate programs to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Students may complete an associate degree in only one of the three specialty tracks, Office Administration, Medical Office or Office Software Applications. Students who wish to add a second area of specialization after completing a degree should pursue the technical certificate in that area.

This program includes an internship to help you enter or advance in the job market as soon as you graduate.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Jacksonville is a city committed to economic development. Organizations are growing and relocating here, and the demand for qualified administrative professionals is high. Florida Community College graduates have a track record for rapid placement. Opportunities are especially strong in customer service, hospital administration, law firms, religious organizations, real estate firms, government offices, car dealerships, hotels, schools, sports teams, libraries, transportation and manufacturing.

Annual Salaries
Entry level salaries in a general office position begin at about $20,000 and can go to the mid-$30,000s with experience. Customer service representatives and legal assistants begin at about $30,000, executive assistants can exceed $40,000 and business managers in Jacksonville are in the $70,000 range.

This program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Estimated cost of tuition is $4,184 (tuition rated for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Estimated cost of textbooks, materials and fees is $1,500.

Office Administration (2265)

General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
  *Mathematics 3
INP 1390 Human Relations in Business and
  *Humanities 3
  *Communications — Area B 3
  Credit Hours 15


Professional Courses
OST 1100 Keyboarding/Introduction to Word
OST 1581 Professional Development in the
Work Environment
OST 1336 Fundamentals of Business Communications 3
OST 1324 Business Mathematics 3
OST 1384 Introduction to Customer Service 3
OST 2771 Word Processing I 3
OST 2335 Applied Business Communications 3
OST 2501 Office Systems Management 3
CGS 2512 Spreadsheet Concepts and Practices 3
CGS 1570 Microcomputer Applications 3
  or CGS 1100 Microcomputer Applicatons for
  Business and Economics (4)
OST 1108 Keyboard Speed/Skill Building 3
APA 1001 Applied Accounting 3
OST 1355 Introduction to Information and
Records Management
OST 2402 Administrative Support Systems and
GEB 1011 Introduction to Business 3
OST 1943 Internship 3
  Credit Hours 48

Total Credit Hours: 63

*Refer to A.S. General Education Requirements.

You have two options in this program: the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher. Please see an advisor to determine the option that is best for you.


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