Snead State’s Office Administration Program Implemented New and Improved Changes for the Fall Semester

8/29/2018

Snead State Community College started the fall semester not only with new programs of study, such as horticulture and aviation, but also with improvements to a career and technical program - Office Administration.

The Office Administration program allows students to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree, which may be earned within two years, or to earn a certificate within a specific concentration. 

Feedback from local and regional businesses as well as medical professionals led to the revamping of one particular short-term certificate option within the Office Administration program. 

“Several medical experts shared with us the need to update the medical concentration portion of the (Office Administration) degree. Due to advancements in technology, the need for medical transcriptionists has been greatly reduced in the workplace,” said Office Administration Program Director Kelly Snyder. “To address this ongoing trend, we have removed the medical transcription classes from the program and replaced them with human anatomy classes. We have also added some additional classes that focus on trends and issues related to Health Sciences and an introduction to the business of healthcare. Because of these updates, we have revised the name of this portion of the program from ‘Medical Transcription and Coding’ to ‘Medical Billing and Coding’ to reflect a more modern approach to an increasingly growing career option.”

In addition to changing existing curriculum, Snead State has added within the Office Administration program a new certificate called “Software Application Specialist.” This option focuses on helping students further master competencies in the Microsoft Office environment. Completion of this program will prepare students to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams. MOS certification provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge, giving real-world exercises to students and professionals to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office. Completion of these exams guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office.

“Earning the certifications will prepare students for future academic or workforce opportunities,” said Mrs. Snyder, who spent the summer successfully earning MOS certifications in Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint and can use her experience to prepare students to take the exams. 

Students can begin enrolling on the Office Administration classes this fall. Registration is currently open for the Fall Mini II term, which lasts eight weeks. Classes for the Mini II term begin Oct. 15.

For additional information on the Office Administration degree and certificate program, please contact Mrs. Snyder at (256) 840-4178 or ksnyder@snead.edu, or contact Mr. Vann Scott, Business Division Director, at (256) 840-4163 or vscott@snead.edu.


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