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Administrative Professional Technology - Business Office Pathway, A.A.S.

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Administrative Professional Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3400, Program Site, E-mail: apt@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 Administrative Professional Technology.

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

The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in Administrative Professional Technology prepares individuals for employment in today’s dynamic workplace environment. Graduates will be equipped to adapt to the continual change that evolving technology demands.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skill development in software applications.
  • Perform electronic and routine office procedures.
  • Prepare documents pertinent to an office environment.
  • Explain proper management protocol for office files.
  • Demonstrate use of specialty vocabulary through effective office communication.
  • Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.

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 Pathway

The Business Office pathway is a course of study designed to teach the skill set required of the administrative professional in today’s business office environment. Courses are designed to ensure expertise in current office procedures, software applications, editing and proofreading, critical thinking, office management, and interpersonal skills. Career opportunities include receptionist, office manager, administrative assistant, or executive assistant.

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  
ADMN 1308 - Office Procedures   3  
ADMN 1310 - Business Communications   3  
BUSN 1305 - Introduction to Business   3  
BUSN 2340 - Human Resource Management   3  


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

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

Advanced credit standing may also be earned for ADMN 1308 - 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 ADMN 1302 - Keyboarding/Formatting I , ADMN 1305 - Business English , ADMN 1308 - Office Procedures , and ADMN 1310 - Business Communications  can be earned through credit by examination. Successful completion of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams may also be considered for credit. Students should consult their advisor for details.

Course Requirements

Speech (choose one)

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (choose one)

Required: NSCC 1010 - First Year Experience

Mathematics Elective (choose one)

Social Sciences Elective (choose one)

Business Elective (choose one)

Business Elective (choose one)

Total Required – Associate’s Degree: 61 Credits


Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year

Second Year


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

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, ACCUPLACER test scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).


* This course is part of the general education core.


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