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Business Assistant: Business and Information Specialist


Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 520201E
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Business and Information Specialist Career Pathways two- to three-term certificate prepares students for entry-level positions requiring “soft skills” in dealing with clients, customers, vendors and the public, as well as filing, records management, computer applications, and basic written communication duties. Courses included in this pathway can be applied toward completion of the one-year Business Assistant certificate and the Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology degree. Alternate general education classes are available for those students who want to pursue a certificate or degree in computer science.

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Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Students are also required to complete any prerequisites listed. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Business Technology Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements (over five years old for computer science classes). Students must complete coursework in their major at a “C” or better level before proceeding to advanced coursework. High school College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with the current articulation agreement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways Certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor and review the roadmap at

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their pathways certificate. Certain prerequisite courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
BA130 Concepts in Computing I or documented proficiency 0-2
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR30 Fundamentals of Composition II or designated placement test score 0-4
Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
Required Core Courses
Course No.
Course Title
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
BA285 Advanced Business Applications: Excel 4
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
BT113 Business English I

Note: Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit version of BT113 will have met this requirement.

BT114 Business English II

Note: Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit version of BT114 will have met this requirement.

BT115 Editing and Proofreading 3
BT160 Business Math 4
BT178 Customer Service 3
CS125ww Word Processing Applications 3
Total Program Credits 32

Note: Students who want to pursue a certificate or degree in a computer science major should take the following classes: CS120 in place of BA131; PSY101 in place of BT101; WR115 in place of BT113; WR121 in place of BT114; MTH60 (or higher) in place of BT160; CS125db in place of CS125ss.

For more information contact the Business Technology Department:

Grants Pass: 541-956-7066
Medford: 541-245-7527
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7066 or Ext. 7527
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TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
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