2012-2013 Catalog 
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Office Administration - Business Office Professional Concentration, A.A.S.

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Office Administration

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Contact Information: Program Office 615-353-3400, Email: office.admin@nscc.edu

The following business degree at Nashville State Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs: A.A.S. in Office Administration.

The mission of the Office Administration program at Nashville State Community College is to contribute to the community by equipping students with the office and management skills necessary to become productive and responsible leaders in today’s workplace.

The Office Administration program provides skills for students seeking a career as an administrative assistant in an office environment. Two distinct concentrations allow future professionals to focus career preparation toward the business office environment or the medical office environment.

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Perform office tasks using the leading office application software.
  • Apply time management skills effectively by managing multiple projects and priorities.
  • Play a vital role in a successful management team as an administrative assistant in a business or medical office environment.
  • Efficiently prepare business documents according to commonly accepted grammar and format standards.
  • Effectively integrate information from multiple sources that allows for appropriate decision making.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Exhibit responsible behavior and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical behavior.

Career Opportunities

  • Receptionist
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistant/Executive Assistant


The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Business Office Professional Concentration

Beginning Fall 2012, a currently enrolled student may receive advanced credit standing by successfully completing the Certified Administrative Professional Exam (CAP). The student may receive the following credits based on verification of successful completion of the exam:

Course     Credits  
OAD 2840 - Office Procedures 
BUS 1113 - Intro to Business 
BUS 2111 - Organizational Behavior 
OAD 1117 - Business Communications 
BUS 2400 - Principles of Management 
BUS 2250 - Human Resource Management 


Students should consult with their advisor when requesting credit earned through the CAP.

Students who completed the CPS prior to November 2011, may qualify for degree credit upon submission of test results before August 2012. Consult with your program academic advisor to determine the eligibility for that credit.

For more information on this exam, please visit the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) website (www.iap-hq.org). Students should consult their assigned advisor for scheduling of courses prior to the exam to ensure maximum credit for the exam.

Advanced credit standing may also be earned for OAD 2840 - Office Procedures  through prior work experience. Students must provide the program with evidence of three years of full-time work experience, e.g., copies of job descriptions, letters of reference from supervisors, reports, office communication, and other documents which would verify the type of work performed. Students should consult their assigned advisor for specific instructions on preparing the work documentation portfolio.

Credit for OAD 1100 - Keyboarding/Formatting  and OAD 1116 - Business English  can be earned through credit by examination. Students should consult their advisor for details.

Course Requirements

Speech (choose one)

Humanities Elective

  • Humanities Elective 3 Credits

Mathematics Elective (choose one)

Social Sciences Elective (choose one)

Business Elective (choose one)

Business Elective (choose one)

Information Systems

Technical Elective (choose one)

Total Required – Associate’s Degree: 60 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Business Elective (choose one)

Business Elective (choose one)

Spring Semester

Social Sciences Elective (choose one)

Technical Elective (choose one)


Courses should be taken in the sequence indicated in order to ensure graduation on schedule.

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