Administrative Professional Technology
Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Accreditation. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356, www.acbsp.org.
Program description. Administrative Professional Technology offers a core curriculum that provides an academic/technical foundation for individuals preparing for positions in business and health careers using computer applications and administrative skills. During the last semester of the two-year curriculum, administrative skills will be assessed using Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC), developed by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. OPAC uses industry-accepted testing and validation techniques. It measures proficiency and knowledge in computer software, clerical, financial and professional areas. Students may choose to certify based on the results of the assessment.
Holders of the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) certification may receive credit for 16 semester hours at Pellissippi State by presenting proof that they have passed all parts of the exam and have successfully completed 12 semester hours at Pellissippi State. Part or all of these credits count toward a degree at Pellissippi State (depending on the program chosen). See the Admissions & Registration Information section for additional information on CPS credits.
Business concentration. The Business curriculum is designed to update the skills required in the changing business environment and to enhance the training required for traditional administrative careers. Courses allow for specialized training for work environments using the newest hardware and software for business information work centers.
Typical job opportunities: Administrative assistant; coding, billing, and insurance specialist; computer applications specialist; office administrator; medical/office manager; document specialist
Program goals. Upon completion of the Administrative Professional Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge of computer application programs.
- Use terminology and reference materials specific to the field.
- Work independently or function within a work team to complete projects.
- Apply knowledge of emerging technology trends.
- Apply proofreading skills involving grammar, punctuation and language arts.
- Use the Internet for research and communication.
Contact: Business and Computer Technology, (865) 694-6656