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Business Assistant: Small Business Management


Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 520703
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Small Business Management Career Pathways three-term certificate is designed for those individuals who are considering owning and operating their own business. This includes, but not limited to, business majors, students who want to build on skills already learned in the workplace, community members, and students enrolled in other technical programs. 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.

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The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see

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. 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
BA101 Introduction to Business

Note: Students who have completed BA101 as a 3 credit course have met this requirement.

BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
BA223 Principles of Marketing 3
BA226 Business Law 4
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
BT102 Introduction to Supervision or BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BT113 Business English I

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

BT114 Business English II

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

BT151 Practical Accounting I 4
BT160 Business Math 4
BT165 Writing a Business Plan 2
BT250 Entrepreneurship 3
Total Program Credits 42

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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