Advances in technology have expanded the role of today's office professional and have changed the way that individuals work in the office environment. There is an increased demand for well-educated office support personnel especially in offices using advanced computer technology.
Students develop document processing, machine transcription, and computer skills essential to every office worker. The Office Systems and Administration degree program also includes instruction in management, human behavior, accounting, communication and supervision. Students entering the program with previous office training may be able to move directly into more advanced courses through proficiency testing or articulation agreements. Individuals pursuing office systems careers will find a significant advantage in attaining a college education. College prepares students to function effectively in the majority of work environments by providing exposure to a large variety of techniques and technologies. Employers actively seek graduates with the ability to take on new responsibilities, expand ideas, and think independently.
Graduates of the Office Systems and Administration program may qualify for positions as administrative assistants or medical office support. Students will be exposed to desktop publishing software and practices. In addition to the two degree options, four certificate programs are offered. Several Fast Track options are also available. As a career degree, the curriculum is based on job skills rather than transferability. Many Ohio colleges and universities accept this major; however, students interested in transferring should see their advisor for information on transfer options.
Possible job titles in Office Systems and Administration include:
- administrative assistant
- clerical support
- executive assistant
- executive secretary
- office assistant
- office manager
- medical office support
- medical receptionist
- school secretary
- technical assistant
- insurance biller and coder
Upon admission to Edison Community College and presentation of the International Association of Administrative Professionals CPS Certificate, students entering the OSA program may receive academic credit for the following courses:
Total of 3 semester hours chosen from:
Students entering the program with MOUS certification will also receive credit for selected courses. Total credit earned through prior certification or credit by examination is limited to 30 hours.