The Certificate of Completion Clerical prepares students to fulfill a wide variety of entry-level office support positions in any industry. The coursework combines computer skills, filing, word processing, office procedures, and basic bookkeeping. Students will also gain specialized skills in payroll processing, accounts payable/receivable, or desktop publishing.
Click here to learn how credits earned in this program can be applied to the AAS Administrative Office Professional degree.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Southwestern is required by federal regulations to disclose information related to the College's educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This information is intended to provide students the opportunity to measure employment outcomes associated with certificate programs.
Gainful employment information for the Certificate of Completion Clerical can be found online.
Students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Certificate of Completion Clerical is awarded.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|WR90||Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)||3-4|
|or WR90R||Academic Literacy|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|CIS125W||Word Processing Applications||3|
|OA124||Keyboard Skill Building||3|
|English Composition 1
or English Composition w/Honors
|AC2764||Small Business Accounting 2||4|
|BA205||Solving Communication Problems||4|
|MTH82||Business Mathematics 3||4|
|OA240||Filing and Records Management||3|
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations||3|
|OA280A||CWE: Office Admin Certification||3|
|Specific Elective 4||3|
Specific Electives, choose from: BA156 Essentials of Economics, BA223 Principles of Marketing, BA277 Business Ethics, CIS125PH Computer Applications: Photoshop, any CIS/CS course otherwise not required except CIS90 Computer Basics, or a one-year sequence in a foreign language.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:
- Use computers and office equipment proficiently.
- Organize and protect information resources to meet business needs.
- Perform routine bookkeeping tasks for a small sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation, including payroll.
- Diplomatically, tactfully, and respectfully interact with diverse populations.
- Describe, explain, and apply concepts of customer service to office work.
- Research technical issues using library, Internet, and specialized reference works.
- Demonstrate effective time management techniques.
- Model professional and ethical behaviors.