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Office Systems Technology


As the reliance on technology continues to expand in offices, the role of the office professional evolves as well. Office automation and organizational restructuring have led administrative assistants to take on responsibilities once reserved for managers and professional staff. In spite of these changes, the core responsibilities for administrative assistants have remained much the same: performing and coordinating an office’s administrative activities and storing, retrieving, and integrating information for dissemination to staff and clients.

Degrees & Certificates in Office Systems Technology

MICROSOFT USER - Certificate

► Total = 15 Hours

NOTE: Students must be able to type 25 words per minute.

MEDICAL OFFICE SPECIALIST - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

This two-year program leads to the AAS Degree in Office Systems Technology / Medical Office Specialist. With its focus on essential administrative and technology-related tasks, the student will be prepared to become an effective and important member of any medical office environment. Graduates may fulfill roles such as office manager, medical secretary, medical transcriptionist and receptionist. The curriculum also may assist those already employed by enhancing existing skills and therefore providing advancement potential. Upon completion of the degree, the student may apply for both the 30-hour and 10-hour medical office certificates.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ALH 1201 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals (3)
  • CSCI 1102 Intro to Computers w/ Business Applications (3)
  • CSCI 1243 Beginning Microsoft Word (3)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric & Composition I 1 (3)
  • OFTC 1204 Building Keyboarding Speed/Accuracy II 1
  • OFTC 1233 Office Accounting (3)

Summer Term (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 Talk to an advisor if transferring to a four-year institution.

3 In order to complete OFTC 1280 and OFTC 1281 in one semester, students must enroll in consecutive 8-week sessions.

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT - Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

This one-year certificate curriculum is designed to provide students with the technical skills necessary for an entry-level position in any medical office environment. Students will be trained in the areas of keyboarding, office technology, medical terminology, transcription and billing / coding.

► Total = 30 Hours

Prerequisite: Completion with a “C” or better – CSCI 1101 or OFTC 1202 – or consent of division chair.

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

2 In order to complete OFTC 1280 and OFTC 1281 in one semester, students must enroll in consecutive 8-week sessions.

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSOCIATE - Certificate

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

This occupational certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic information needed to pursue an entry-level position in a medical office setting or enhance the skills of the already-employed medical office staff.

► Total = 10 Hours

Prerequisite: CSCI 1101, or OFTC 1202, or OFTC 2201 with “C” or better or 35 words/minute, or consent of instructor

First Semester (10 Cr. Hrs.)

1 In order to complete OFTC 1280 and OFTC 1281 in one semester, students must enroll in consecutive 8-week sessions.

OFTC SPECIALIST - Degree

Rend Lake College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Office Systems Technology – Specialist, as well as a one-year Assistant occupational certificate, both of which prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. 

Specialists and assistants perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. They serve as information and communication managers for an office; plan and schedule meetings and appointments; organize and maintain paper and electronic files; manage projects; conduct research; and disseminate information.

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These professionals often use computers to do tasks previously handled by managers and professionals, such as creating spreadsheets; composing correspondence; managing databases; and creating presentations, reports, and documents using desktop publishing software and digital graphics. They may negotiate with vendors, maintain and examine leased equipment, purchase supplies, manage areas such as stockrooms or corporate libraries, and retrieve data from various sources.

Office professionals are employed in organizations of every type. Around 9 out of 10 are employed in service-providing industries, ranging from education and health care to government and retail trade. Most of the rest work for firms engaged in manufacturing or construction. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Associate in Applied Science Degree

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

 

Summer Term (3 Cr. Hrs.)

 

  • OFTC 2291 Cooperative Experience I or BUSI 2203 Business Ethics (3)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test results.
2 Talk to an advisor if transferring to a four-year institution.
3 One of 5 classes that will earn you the Microsoft User Certificate.

OFFICE TECHNOLOGIES ASSISTANT — Certificate

Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

This Office Technologies Assistant certificate program is designed to provide students with the introductory skills necessary to work as an office assistant. The curriculum will introduce various skills and technologies required for an entry-level position in an office / business setting and suitable for the student not wishing to pursue a degree.

► Total = 30 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1102 Intro to Computers w/ Business Applications (3)
  • OFTC 1203 Building Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy I (1)
  • OFTC 1232 Business Data Entry (3)
  • OFTC 1234 Communication in Technical Services (3)
  • OFTC 1252 Records Management Concepts / Computerized Applications (3)
  • OFTC 2261 Office Procedures and Technology (3)

Second Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Office Systems Technology

  • Utilize specific software programs to effectively complete a given task.
  • Train and/or assist others with regard to a specific software process.
  • Exhibit both communication and customer service skills necessary in the workforce.
  • Exhibit crucial decision-making skills in the workforce in regards to records management and document formatting techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete business related mathematical procedures as well basic accounting concepts.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to properly code in a simulated medical office environment.

Faculty & Staff


Dean of Applied Science
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
 
Administrative Assistant/Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
2016 RLCF OUTSTANDING STAFF AWARD | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Office Systems Technology Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1754
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 130
A.A.S., Rend Lake College | B.S., Mid-Continent University

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

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