2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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, E-mail: office.admin@nscc.edu, Program Site

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 the 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; and
  • 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

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 1117 - Business Communications  3  
OAD 2840 - Office Procedures  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.iap-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 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

Spring Semester

Mathematics Elective (choose one)

Speech (choose one)

Second Year

Business Elective (choose one)

Business Elective (choose one)

Social Sciences Elective (choose one)

Technical Elective (choose one)


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, 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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