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A.A.S., Major in Administrative Office Technology

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By developing skills in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet applications, information management, dictation and transcription, the Administrative Office Technology graduate can provide a service necessary to the efficient operation of every business, industry and agency.

Actual work experience gained in an area business or industry gives the student an opportunity to assume on-the-job responsibilities even before graduation. Instruction in office procedures, communication applications, telephone training, information processing, accounting and other business skills gives the graduate the ability to exercise good judgment, work independently and take full responsibility for handling the details of office administration.

The required general education classes develop communication and math skills and other professional qualities necessary for the smooth operation of a modern business office.

During this two-year course of study, students choose electives in the field of work in which they are most interested. The student may choose an accounting, legal, medical, medical coding/billing or Spanish concentration.

Students enrolled in the Medical Coding/Billing concentration will take AHS 174 (Medical Coding Practicum) for internship experience. All other students will take AOT 270 (SCWE in Administrative Office Technology).

Program Location: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda

Schedule Options: Day, Online

Contact Information: Menka Brown

Concentrations

 

REQUIRED COURSES

Additional Program Information

 

Accounting Concentration

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 105 Keyboarding 3.0
AOT 134 Office Communications 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
ACC 102 Accounting Principles II 3.0
AOT 165 Information Processing Software 3.0
IST 281 Presentation Graphics 3.0
 
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 120 Introduction to Machine Transcription 3.0
AOT 251 Administrative Systems and Procedures 3.0
CPT 274 Advanced Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
ACC 240 Computerized Accounting 3.0
AOT 161 Records Management 3.0
AOT 270 SCWE in Administrative Office Technology 3.0
CPT 172 Microcomputer Data Base 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 63.0

 

Legal Concentration

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 105 Keyboarding 3.0
AOT 134 Office Communications 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
BUS 121 Business Law I 3.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
AOT 165 Information Processing Software 3.0
IST 281 Presentation Graphics 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
 
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
AOT 120 Introduction to Machine Transcription 3.0
AOT 251 Administrative Systems and Procedures 3.0
CPT 274 Advanced Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3.0
CRJ 220 The Judicial Process 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 161 Records Management 3.0
AOT 270 SCWE in Administrative Office Technology 3.0
CPT 172 Microcomputer Data Base 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 63.0

 

Medical Concentration

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 105 Keyboarding 3.0
AOT 134 Office Communications 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 161 Records Management 3.0
AOT 165 Information Processing Software 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
IST 281 Presentation Graphics 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
 
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
AOT 251 Administrative Systems and Procedures 3.0
CPT 172 Microcomputer Data Base 3.0
CPT 274 Advanced Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3.0
AOT 164 Medical Information Processing 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 120 Introduction to Machine Transcription 3.0
AOT 212 Medical Document Production 3.0
AOT 252 Medical Systems & Procedures 3.0
AOT 270 SCWE in Administrative Office Technology 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 63.0

 

 

Medical Coding/Billing Concentration

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 105 Keyboarding 3.0
AOT 134 Office Communications 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
CPT 274 Advanced Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3.0
AOT 165 Information Processing Software 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
AHS 171 Introduction to Medical Coding 4.0
AHS 116 Patient Care Relations 3.0
 
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 172 Microcomputer Data Base 3.0
IST 281 Presentation Graphics 3.0
AOT 120 Introduction to Machine Transcription 3.0
AHS 172 Medical Coding & Classification System 5.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
AOT 161 Records Management 3.0
AHS 173 Medical Coding Special Topics 2.0
AHS 174 Medical Coding Practicum 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 65.0

Spanish Concentration

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 105 Keyboarding 3.0
AOT 134 Office Communications 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 4.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
AOT 165 Information Processing Software 3.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II 4.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
CPT 274 Advanced Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3.0
IST 281 Presentation Graphics 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
 
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
AOT 120 Introduction to Machine Transcription 3.0
AOT 251 Administrative Systems & Procedures 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 172 Microcomputer Data Base 3.0
AOT 161 Records Management 3.0
AOT 270 SCWE in Administrative Office Technology 3.0
PSY 103 Human Relations 3.0
   
Total Credit Hours: 65.0

 

Updated 4/11/2014

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The Administrative Office Program offers a variety of credentials including AAS areas of concentration in Accounting, Legal, Medical Coding and Billing, and Spanish and certificates in Office Technician and Microcomputer Software Specialist. The programs in this department give graduates the knowledge and ability to work independently and handle the details of office administration.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1.  Demonstrate independent application of computer software in the business environment

2.  Perform contemporary office management processes and procedures accurately and independently

3.  Demonstrate appropriate business behavior compatible with job demands

4.  Apply professional business concepts to career situations 

 

 

Advisement Information

  • Students must choose one of the five options: AOA3 (Accounting), AOB3 (Medical Coding and Billing), AOL3 (Legal), AOM3 (Medical), or AOS3 (Spanish).

  • Students should complete developmental coursework first. AOT 105 may be taken with developmental coursework.

  • Students should have a computer or access to one.

  • Students should take AOT 105 in the first semester. An exemption test is available for students with very strong keyboarding skills.
  • When advising for SPA 101 in the AOS option, recommend that students successfully complete ENG 101 or ENG 165 (or have demonstrated competency in English language skills) before attempting SPA 101.

  • For the AOM and AOB options, AHS 102, Medical Terminology is required. Beginning Fall 2014, AHS 102 will have a 5 year expiration. Students who readmit or transfer beginning fall 2014 must have AHS 102 within 5 years for it to be transferred in or apply to their program of study. Students who are currently enrolled at the college or who return to the college after an absence of less than 3 semesters, will retain credit for AHS 102 > 5 years, provided they stay in the same major. If a student changes major, the new major would fall under the latest catalog year. If the AHS 102 course > 5 years at the time of the change of major, the course will be considered to be expired. Students who are employed in a health related field may petition that AHS 102 > 5 years be accepted. The academic program director over the student’s selected major would make the determination if a course >5 years would be accepted. This petition would be made in DegreeWorks by the program coordinator or department head at the time of the decision. A student should be referred to the program coordinator to request the petition.

  • Course sequencing is especially important in the AOB3 (Medical Coding/Billing) concentration.  Students are strongly encouraged to see Angel Alexander early in their academic career.

  • ENG 101 & 102 may substitute for ENG 165 & ENG 101.
  • Many AOT courses may be taken online or in the traditional format.

  • Keyboarding and computer literacy are strongly recommended.

  • Starting fall 2014, CPT 101 and advanced courses (AOT 165, CPT 172, CPT 274 and IST 281) will use Office 2013.

  • All CPT 101 students will purchase a textbook that is packaged with an access code for mylabsplus, an online course management system.  All AOT and Business students taking CPT 172, CPT 274, AOT 165 and/or IST 281 will purchase a textbook for each class.  All textbooks are packaged with an access code.  Each access code is valid for 6 months from the date it is first used.

  • RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101. If a student needs developmental coursework the first semester, advise for CPT 141, if required, followed by CPT 101. 

  • College policy states that computer coursework is valid for 8 years. 

Advisement Information updated 10/01/2014