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 health careers using computer applications and administrative skills. During the last semester of the two-year curriculum, administrative skills are 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.
Students passing the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) examination are granted 19 semester hours of credit at Pellissippi State for certain courses which apply to a certificate or degree. For complete details on alternative ways to earn credit, see the information on “Prior Learning Assessment”: www.pstcc.edu/pla.
Medical Office concentration. This curriculum provides a course of study for individuals preparing for positions in a medical office. Courses allow for specialized training in medical terminology, coding, and insurance using the latest hardware and software for offices.
Typical job opportunities: Coding, billing, and insurance specialist; medical/office manager; medical administrative assistant, compliance specialist
Program goals. Upon completion of an 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(s): Business and Computer Technology, (865) 694-6656