This degree program trains students for office careers in business, education or government. Students will learn traditional office skills alongside modern technology, focused through four areas of concentration. Full program listing can be found here.
Office Administration Sub Plans
In this plan path, you will learn office support, document processing, business communications and a variety of software packages. Courses are here.
Legal Office Specialist
In this plan path, you will learn basic business law, law office management and legal document preparation as well as basic office support and a variety of software packages. Courses are here.
Accounting Office Specialist
In this plan path, you will learn financial and managerial accounting, as well as basic office support and a variety of software packages. View cost sheet. Courses are here.
Medical Office Specialist
In addition to basic office support and software packages, in this plan path you will learn principles of biology, basic accounting, economics and medical terminology. Courses are here.
In this degree program, you will study computers, specialized technology, electronic communications and electronic information systems. The program will provide you with a benchmark to measure your computer skills using Microsoft Office software. View
Office Technology Assistant I Certificate (033A)
This program emphasizes word processing and related office skills for entry level positions. View
Office Technology Assistant II Certificate (0033)
This program is designed to give students additional skills after completing Office I. Upon completion of this certificate, a student may continue in one of the OAT degree curriculums. View
Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate (0064)
This one semester curriculum is designed to prepare students to take the Microsoft Office Specialist test(s). The MOS certification is a globally recognized certification of skill in the use of Microsoft desktop business applications. View
Administrative Office Support Certificate (0065)
This one-year program of concentrated secretarial work may be completed in two semesters. Courses also could apply toward the completion of the two-year OAT program. View
Office Support Technology Certificate (069A)
The certificate program provides the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level office support positions in the automated office. Basic computer concepts and operation, basic word processing concepts and operation, and general office procedures are taught. View
Virtual Assistant Certificate (069B)
This certificate program is designed to prepare students to operate from a remote location to provide support services such as administrative, creative and/or technical solutions to individuals, business and organizations. View
Accelerated Degree Option
Students with an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in OAT by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work. A plan of specific courses required for the degree must be obtained from the program coordinator and approved by the Dean of the Business Division and the Vice President for Instruction. Only those courses completed at Southwestern Illinois College, and not included as part of the requirements for a previously earned degree or certificate, can be considered for this option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree.