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This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek, Online and Springfield - Leffel Lane locations.

The Associate of Technical Studies in Professional Services Management offers individuals who hold licensure in professional areas such as cosmetology, various building trades, auto services, or other areas to receive up to 9 credit hours toward an Associate of Technical Studies degree with a focus in the management of the business operation related to the professional area.  Students coming from high school career programs or trade school programs that result in licensure as well as long-term professionals will be interested in this degree option.  Students will receive college credit for their professional knowledge while pursuing an education that will provide them the tools with which to successfully launch and manage their own business.

Interested students should contact the Dean of Business and Applied Technologies early on to determine the number of credits that will be applied toward their degree based upon the licensure held.  Students will need to provide proof of current licensure.  In addition, students are responsible for providing any information related to their licensure that is needed by the dean in order to determine the number of credits to be awarded.  Once the credit hours applied to the licensure are determined, the student will work with the Dean of Business and Applied Technologies who will approve any additional coursework in the professional area.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations.  Many students, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study.  Students should consult their academic advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Apply basic business and management concepts, skills, and tools.
  •  Effectively use communications and human relations knowledge and skills.
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of social responsibility trends, ethical issues, and legal considerations.
  •  Analyze quantitative data.
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of global business trends.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in the area of management and business operations related to the professional area.

Degree Availability
The Professional Services ATS degree is available during the day and in the evening.

Embedded Certificate This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless the student contacts Records and Registration and indicates he/she does not wish to have the certificate credential awarded. (Effective Spring Semester 2017)

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Arts/Humanities Electives
A complete listing of arts and humanities electives can be found in the College Catalog.

Students should follow the recommended sequencing of courses, with consideration to the pre/co requisites, including college preparatory (CPE) requirements.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
MGT 1060 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 1120 Principles of Management ^ 3
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications * 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics ^ 3
ACC 1100 Introduction to Financial Accounting ^ 4
ECO 2220 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG 1112 English IIor  
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
MKT 2000 Marketing Management 3
-- Arts/Humanities Elective (GA)** 3
HRM 1725 Human Resource Management 3
MGT 1115 Customer Relations 2
MGT 2600 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 2800 Business Strategy/Policy Seminar (Capstone) 3
-- Professional Electives*** 6
ACC 1200 Managerial Accounting 4
MGT 2140 Small Business Management 3
MGT 2000 Introduction to Project Managementor  
MGT 2650 Negotiation Skills 3
-- Professional Electives*** 3
  Total Credit Hours 62

^ Proficiency test available.

* 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.

** Must be a global awareness (GA) course and come from arts/humanities courses identified in the Catalog.

*** A total of 9 semester hours must be earned from the professional area.  The 9 hours can be earned from professional licensure.  Any of the 9 hours not granted for the licensure may come from a field related to the licensure or business courses approved by the division.  See the Dean of Business and Applied Technologies to have your professional license evaluated for the number of credit hours that will apply and for approval of any licensure- and business-related courses.

**** Students who plan on transferring courses for advanced degree work shold verify the best/appropriate course selection based on the receiving institution's degree requirements.

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.

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