Your Curriculum

Office Software Specialist
Certificate Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Robin Brush
: 503-491-7174 - Room AC2663
(Students with last name beginning A-F)

Brenda Houchen: 503-491-7431 - Room AC 2661
(Students with last name beginning G-N)

Anna Johnson: 503-491-7686 - Room AC 2783
(Students with last name beginning O-Z)

Administrative Office Professional
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Office software specialists work in all types of businesses as technicians in a variety of software applications that may include word processing, presentations, database, spreadsheet and electronic communications. The ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as being a contributing, collaborative team member. These professionals produce and organize quality publications from handwritten, printed or electronic material. Students who want to be on the cutting edge of technology have an opportunity to thrive in this field.

Students will be trained in Microsoft applications using Microsoft-approved textbooks that cover the required objectives on the Microsoft Office Specialist exams. Students will become prepared to take Microsoft Office Specialist exams indicating that they have an understanding of the core and possibly the expert features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook in Microsoft Office software programs. By passing one or more certification exams, students can demonstrate proficiency in a given Microsoft Office application to employers.

The outlook for jobs in this field of software applications is excellent. Specialists are in high demand with opportunities for advancement. They possess problem-solving and technical skills that prepare them for today’s challenges.

For further advising assistance, students are highly encouraged to follow the web link "Additional Program Information" found on this program's web page at

First Quarter (Fall) Cr
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1, 3 4
BT101 Office Careers Survey 1
BT110 Business Editing 3
BT116 Communication Technologies 3
BT121B Keyboard Formatting1, 2 or
BT121Keyboarding Principles1, 2 or
BT122 Professional Keyboarding1, 2
BT210ZWP Beginning Windows 1
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)3,4 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
BT111 Editing Techniques 3
BT118 Records and Information Management 3
BT122 Professional Keyboarding1, 5 or
BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development1, 5
BT125 Microsoft Word Training1 3
BT210 Access - Level II 1
BT210 PowerPoint - Level II 1
BT210ZIO Internet for the Business Professional 1
Third Quarter (Spring)
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations 3
BT126 Microsoft Word Simulation1 3
BT210 Excel - Level II 1
BT210 Excel - Level III 1
BT250 Procedures for the Office Team 3
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio or
HD209RES Developing Your Resume
WR121 English Composition1 4

1 Minimum typing skill level is required.
2 Students with no keyboarding and no formatting experience should select BT121; students able to touch type but with no formatting knowledge should select BT121B; students with touch type and formatting skills should select BT122.
3See course description for prerequisite.
4A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
5 BT122 may not be repeated. Only students who complete BT122 in the first quarter may select BT123A.

Additional Coursework
Students may choose to earn the Office Assistant certificate or expand employment opportunities further by taking additional coursework in the associate degree program.

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