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Administrative Support Technology AAS

Semester Requirements

Mary Lou Basile, Chairperson
(585) 475-6460 (V/TTY), mlbnbt@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/NTID/ast

Program overview

The AAS degree program in administrative support technology provides students with opportunities to develop skills needed in processing information using a variety of integrated office software applications as well as appropriate professional interpersonal communication skills. Graduates will input, manipulate, and retrieve data; use interactive office software, e-mail, and information processing skills for applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database; and perform other office duties.

The Associate+Bachelor’s degree program provides students with the foundation needed for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. Students begin their studies in the associate of applied science program in administrative support technology. Upon successful completion of five semesters of the AAS program, and with a minimum GPA of 2.5, students may enroll directly in RIT's Center for Multidisciplinary Studies to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science. More information is available at www.rit.edu/NTID/astAplusB.

Places of employment

Graduates will find employment in a variety of settings, including business, industry, government, and education. Positions for which graduates qualify include administrative assistant, office assistant, word processor, and secretary.

Prerequisites

English: Placement into a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students typically enter First Year Writing with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores equivalent to 9.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Mathematics course (NMTH-120) or higher is required.  Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Administrative support technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
NAST-140 Essential Document Production 3
NACC-130 Personal Finance 3
NAST-160 Spreadsheet Applications for Business 3
  ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies‡  
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
NMTH-120 Mathematics§ 3
NAST-150 Advanced Document Production 3
NBUS-200 Orientation to Business 3
NACC-201 Accounting 1 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 6 9
NAST-220 Database Applications for Business 3
NAST-215 Integrated Document Production 3
NAST-210 Essentials of Business Communication 3
NBUS-213 Applied Ethics for Business 3
NAST-225 Business Graphics 3
NAST-240 Administrative Support Technology Seminar 3
NBUS-217 Fundamentals of Management 3
NAST-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 2 3
NBUS-223 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
NAST-230 Desktop Publishing for Business 3
NBUS-221 Essentials of Human Resource Management 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 76

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ A 3-credit ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT Gen Ed credit if it is simultaneously an RIT (non-NTID) Perspective Category course.

§ Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher.

Additional information

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The AAS program in administrative support technology provides students with opportunities to develop skills needed in processing information using a variety of integrated office software applications as well as appropriate professional interpersonal communication skills. Graduates will input, manipulate, and retrieve data; use interactive office software, e-mail, and information processing skills for applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database; and perform other office duties.

The Associate+Bachelor’s degree program provides students with the foundation needed for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.  Students begin their studies in the associate of applied science program in administrative support technology. Upon successful completion of seven quarters of the AAS program, and with a minimum GPA of 2.5, students may enroll directly to the Division of Academic Affairs/Center for Multidisciplinary Studies to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science. In this program, students may choose a concentration in human resource development. More information is available at www.rit.edu/NTID/astAplusB.

Places of employment

Graduates will find employment in a variety of settings, including business, industry, government, and education. Positions for which graduates qualify include administrative assistant, office assistant, word processor, and secretary.

Prerequisites

English: Placement into the College of Liberal Arts’ Writing Seminar (0502-227) course. Students typically enter Writing Seminar with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores equivalent to 9.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Mathematics Applications for Business Technology (0884-155) is required. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Administrative support technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0804-101 Orientation to Business 3
0804-110 Business English 3
0804-111 Keyboarding 2
0804-112 OAS Formatting 3
0804-113 OAS Document Production I 4
0804-221 OAS Document Production II 4
0804-211 Records Management/Business Calculations 3
0804-212 Payroll/Spreadsheet Applications 3
0804-286 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
  Mathematics Elective‡ 3
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
0502-227 Writing Seminar 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0801-201, 202 Accounting I, II 8
0805-211 Web Development for Business 3
0804-230 Administrative Support Technology Seminar 3
0804-284 Fundamentals of Management 3
0804-302 Advanced Applications for Word Processing 4
0804-303 Business Graphics 4
0804-304 Database Applications for Business 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0806-101 Job Search Process 2
0882-242 Law and Society 3
  Science (Level B) 3
0804-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
0804-291 Applied Business Techniques 2
0804-310 Desktop Publishing Concepts and Applications 3
  Liberal Arts* 4
0806-201 Employment Seminar 1
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 102

* Please see NTID’s General Education Distribution Requirements chart for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Satisfied by Foundations of Algebra (0884-180) or Mathematics Applications for Business Technology (0884-155).

Administrative support technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
NAST-140 Essential Document Production 3
NACC-130 Personal Finance 3
NAST-160 Spreadsheet Applications for Business 3
  ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies†  
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
NMTH-120 Mathematics‡ 3
NAST-150 Advanced Document Production 3
NBUS-200 Orientation to Business 3
NACC-201 Accounting 1 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 6 9
NAST-220 Database Applications for Business 3
NAST-215 Integrated Document Production 3
NAST-210 Essentials of Business Communication 3
NBUS-213 Applied Ethics for Business 3
NAST-225 Business Graphics 3
NAST-240 Administrative Support Technology Seminar 3
NBUS-217 Fundamentals of Management 3
NAST-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
  LAS Perspective 2 3
NBUS-223 Fundamentals of Marketing 3
NAST-230 Desktop Publishing for Business 3
NBUS-221 Essentials of Human Resource Management 3
  Free Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 75

Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† A 3-credit ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT Gen Ed credit if it is simultaneously an RIT (non-NTID) Perspective Category course.

‡ Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher.

Additional information

Microsoft certification

As an authorized testing center for Microsoft Office Specialist, preparatory courses are offered to prepare students for several exams each quarter.