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Business Assistant

2020-21 Business Assistant (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Business Assistant four-term certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level
positions in bookkeeping and small business fields (Accounting Assistant Specialty), administrative
fields (Administrative Support Specialty), or supervisory management fields (Assistant Manager

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program leaning outcomes for business programs are:

Business Ethics: Demonstrate knowledge of ethical, legal, and socially responsible business behavior, while maintaining high levels of personal and professional integrity in today's rapidly changing multi-cultural, team oriented business environment.

Communication/Information Literacy: Develop and deliver professional oral and written communications (using technology) that are appropriate to the topic, audience, and situation.

Critical Evaluation/Decision Making: Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills by identifying, understanding, and applying basic theories, terminology, and practices related to each functional area of business.

Interpersonal Skills: Develop the interpersonal ("soft") skills necessary to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external business stakeholders.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined through the Placement Process. 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.
College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with the current articulation agreement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of this program can be applied to other certificates and
degrees in the career pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better will earn a Business
Assistant 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
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12
Required Core Courses
Course No.
Course Title
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
BA211 Financial Accounting I 4
BA218 Personal Finance 3
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
BT113 Business English I 1 4
BT114 Business English II 1 4
BT160 Business Math 4
BT178 Customer Service 3
CIS125WW Word Processing Applications (Word) 3
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
  Total Required Core Credits 39

Students enrolled in the Business Assistant program must select one of the following specialties:

Accounting Assistant Specialty Track
Course No.
Course Title
BA177 Payroll and Tax Procedures 3
BA212 Financial Accounting II 2 4
BA213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 2
Administrative Support Specialty Track
Course No.
Course Title
BA214 Business Communications 4
BT105 Business Ethics 3
BT111 Conflict Management 2
  Approved program electives 2-4

Assistant Manager Specialty Track

Course No.
Course Title
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA226 Business Law 4
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
  Approved program electives 2-4
  Total Program Credits 50-53
Approved Program Electives

(2-4 credits required for both the Administrative Support Specialty and the Assistant Manager Specialty)

Course No.
Course Title
BA199 Special Studies in Business variable
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA212 Financial Accounting II 2 4
BA213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA223 Principles of Marketing 3
BA224 Human Resource Management 3
BA226 Business Law 4
BA228 Computer Accounting 2
BA238 The Art of Selling 3
BA243 Social Media Marketing 3
BA249 Retail Management 3
BA285 Advanced Business Applications: Excel 4
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
BT105 Business Ethics 3
BT106 Advertising 3
BT111 Conflict Management 2
BT121 Digital Marketing and e-Commerce 4
BT250 Entrepreneurship 3
CS125 Any CIS125 application class not taken to fulfill core or specialty requirements 1-4
ECON115 Introduction to Economics 3
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2
  Any world language 4

1 Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit versions of BT113 and BT114 will have met the requirements, but will need at least 50-54 applicable business credits to receive this certificate.

2 Students who completed BA211 at RCC prior to July 1, 2017, will have met this requirement.

For more information, contact the Business Technology Department:

Grants Pass and Medford:  541-956-7127
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7127
email: or
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527

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