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Business Technology

Program Overview

The Office Technology Certificate and more comprehensive Business Technology A.A.S. Degree prepare students for positions such as Administrative Assistants, Customer Service Specialists, Executive Assistants, Client Relations Specialist positions, and more. Coursework develops office skills, knowledge, and attitudes employers seek, and students receive training in a variety of office management functions including those in communications and marketing, management, and information resources and software applications, as well as other office-related technology. As a result, graduates are prepared to manage nearly all functions in an office environment. Once on the job, typical work will include using various computer applications, preparing and editing business documents, filing and managing records, using electronic calendars, handling telephone calls, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, greeting visitors, processing mail, supervising or training subordinates, taking meeting minutes, presenting data, and more. After completion of the program, students will be proficient with oral and written communications, as well as possess developed decision-making and problem-solving skills. The program is recommended for experienced office professionals as well as entry-level administrative professionals who seek to increase their potential for promotion.

Program Plan

Office Technology Specialist Certificate (17 credits)

ENGL 1277 Technical Communications (4)
ACCP 1258 Computerized Spreadsheets (2)
BTEC 1201 Microcomputer Word Processing (3)
BTEC 1202 Presentation Technologies (3)
COCP 1201 Microsoft Office Basics (2)
COCP 1220 Microcomputer Database (3)

A.A.S. Degree (43 additional credits)

ACCP 1210 Principles of Accounting I (4)
ACCP 1216 Payroll Accounting (3)
ACCP 1231 Business Math (3)
ACCP 1260 Computerized Accounting (3)
BTEC 1203 Office Networking (3)
COCP 1231 Web Development (3)
MGMT 1200 Principles of Management (3)
MGMT 1205 Introduction to Business (3)
MGMT 2201 Career Management (3)
MKTG 1200 Introduction to Principles of Marketing (3)
General Education requirements; Minnesota Transfer Curriculum:
  must include electives from at least two different areas in MnTC Goals 2-10 (12)

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Cost of Program 

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Career and Employment Information

Projected employment of administrative assistants will vary by occupational specialty. Average employment growth is expected for medical, legal, accounting, and executive administrative assistants. Fast growing industries such as computer and data processing services, health and legal services, education, manufacturing, government agencies, engineering, and management will continue to generate most new job opportunities. Administrative assistants rank among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy.

The median annual earnings of an executive administrative assistant is $35,960. Legal administrative assistants earn a median annual salary of $37,750, and medical administrative assistants earn an average annual salary of $27,320. Salaries vary by skill, experience and level of responsibility.

Office Technology and Business Technology graduates locate career opportunities in a variety of fields, such as engineering, agriculture, education, government, manufacturing, banking, law-related offices, and medical facilities. Pine Technical College graduates are hired because of their excellent computer application skills, professionalism, customer relations, and communication skills.

Gainful Employment Program Information for the Office Technology Specialist Certificate (17 credits).