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Office Administration

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek, Bellefontaine and Springfield locations.

Office administrators function in a continually shifting role in a variety of office settings because of changing technology, the emphasis on greater efficiency and productivity, and an increasing managerial role. With this shift generally comes greater responsibility that is reflected in the duties of the office administrator, which include management functions, such as project management; integrated computer software applications; organization and scheduling; internet/intranet communications and research; document preparation, storage, and retrieval; and customer service and public relations.

Today's office administrators often purchase office equipment and supplies; plan meetings and special events; work closely with vendors and suppliers; create and give presentations; interview, orient, and supervise other staff; write and edit documents; coordinate direct mailings; maintain multiple schedules and calendars; handle messages and correspondence; and maintain computer files, directories, and databases. By performing their responsibilities well, office administrators have opportunities for promotion to management positions.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business degree in Office Administration, a graduate will be able to:

  • Compose and produce quality business documents using technology.
  • Perform office administrative functions using critical thinking, management, prioritizing, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate good oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate good human relations skills, including customer service, teamwork, and ethics.

Scholastic Preparation

Office Administration students should possess basic computer skills:  use a keyboard, mouse, external storage device, and a printer; differentiate among drives, folders, and files; employ a username and password. Students lacking in any of these areas should enroll in ITS 0800, Computer Fundamentals, prior to enrolling in any OAD or other ITS courses. Students should also be able to type at least 35 words per minute on a five-minute timed writing.  Students who cannot meet this standard should enroll in ITS 0810 Keyboarding or ITS 1210 Keyboarding/Word Processing prior to enrolling in any OAD or other college-level ITS course.   Students who cannot meet the 35 word-per-minute standard on the first day of OAD 1101 will be required to withdraw and enroll in ITS 0810 or ITS 1210. ITS 0800, ITS 0810 and ITS 1210 are considered preparatory for entry into the Office Administration Program and do not count toward the degree.

Transfer Options

Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program.  However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Humanities/Social Science Electives
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Course Title Credits
OAD 1101 Document Production I 3
OAD 1105 Business English 4
OAD 1205 Office Procedures 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications * 3
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
OAD 1102 Document Production II 3
ACC 1000 Accounting Concepts 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
ITS 1110 Software Applications II 1
MGT 1105 Contemporary American Business 2
-- Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
EBE 1000 Employability Skills 1
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
ITS 1236 Intermediate Spreadsheet 2
MGT 1060 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 1120 Principles of Management 3
OAD 2216 Office Simulation 4
OAD 2703 Co-op Education/Internship 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication Ior  
COM 1170 Small Group Communication 3
HRM 1725 Human Resource Management 3
MGT -- Management Elective** 3
  Total Credit Hours 63

* Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810 before taking a computer class.

** Any MGT course not already prescribed and totaling a minimum of 3 semester hours.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.