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Business Technology

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Business Technology Department Program is to deliver curriculum to a diverse student population that prepares students for career entry and advancement as well as providing continued degree opportunities that are in alignment with their personal goals. This curriculum is delivered in a student-centered approach that combines a variety of effective classroom methods, skills, and experiential educational experiences.

Program Learning Outcomes (Curriculum Maps)

A curriculum map is a graphical illustration of the relationship between a program’s courses and the program’s student learning outcomes. Curriculum maps at Aims Community College identify the program’s mission statement (red), program-learning goals (dark gray), and expected program student learning outcomes (light gray). In addition, Aims’ curriculum maps indicate where learning outcomes are introduced, reinforced, and mastered.

Business Technology – Administrative Assistant (Associate of Applied Science)

This degree prepares individuals to forge a successful career as an administrative or secretarial worker in a variety of office settings, including government, small business, banking, real estate, insurance and legal offices, etc. Students will take four business "core" classes in Fundamentals of Accounting, Legal Environment of Business, PC Spreadsheet Concepts: Excel, and Corporate Ethics & Social Responsibility. In addition, students will take 21 credit hours in Administrative Degree Requirements. Students have the chance to personalize their degree path by choosing one of five emphasis areas:

Students will use up-to-date technology, the latest computer software and learn from faculty who are experts in their field. Skills developed will be for computer applications, written communications, records management, administrative office management, word processing and more.

Business Technology Certificate

Students also have the choice to earn a 28 credit certificate in Business Technology. Courses in the certificate apply to the degree. An administrative assistant earning a Business Technology degree performs administrative and office support activities for multiple supervisors. Duties may include fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, creating spreadsheets/presentations and filing. Extensive software skills, Internet research abilities and strong communication skills are required.

Business Technology Mini Certificates

In addition to the degree path, students may also choose to earn a mini certificate in Advanced Office Specialist, Multimedia Skill Enhancement or Word Processing Skill Enhancement. These certificates will allow you to upgrade your current skills, apply for job advancement or to enter a specific sector of the business field.

Business Technology – Medical Administrative Assistant (Associate of Applied Science)

NOTE: This program is being phased out over this academic year - please see your advisor for more information on how to complete by May 2018!!

This degree pathway prepares individuals to launch a successful career as an administrative or secretarial assistant in a health-care setting, such as a medical doctor’s office, eye doctor, hearing specialist, medical clinic or hospital. Skills are developed in computer applications, written communication, medical office procedures, financial management, insurance billing, medical coding (ICD-10 Edition), Physicians Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding and transcribing medical reports. In addition, students learn basic human anatomy.

A student may also earn an Introduction to Medical Transcription and Coding or a Business Technology - Medical Transcription and Coding Certificate which will provide you job entry skills in the medical field. 

Essential Skills

Check out the essential skills guide, which includes qualities and skills typically necessary to succeed in a particular program or area of interest.