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Business Computer Applications

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Business certificates focus on the development of job- or career-specific skills in a short-term, concentrated format. The Business Computer Applications Certificate focuses on the mastery of computer software programs with an emphasis on business applications. This certificate is earned after completing 11-12 credits. Students can add value to their skill set and résumé by completing this technology-focused certificate or updating skills by learning new versions of software. Many courses may apply toward the Associate of Science in Business degree and Associate of Applied Science Business: Office Technology degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    • Demonstrate the ability to utilize current business software programs and internet technologies in the creation and distribution of business communications and in the creation, analysis, and retrieval of data.
    • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems.
  • 11-12 credits

    Complete four of the six following courses:  
    BUS 1112+ Computer Concepts and Applications 3
    BUS 1118++ Presentations Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2
    BUS 1119++ Database Management using Microsoft Access 3
    BUS 1143++ Decision Making using Excel 3
    BUS 1155++ Word Processing using Microsoft Word 3
    BUS 1180+ Developing Web Pages 3
    +Suggested pre-course: Bus 1153, Beginning Keyboarding
    ++Suggested pre-course: Bus 1112 Computer Concepts & Applications
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses
      numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • All program requirements must be completed at ARCC.
    • All computer courses must be completed within the last four years.
      Students may petition to extend the window beyond the four years.
    • All courses requirements must be complete before a certificate will be
    • Students must complete a Certificate Application. Certificate Applications
      are available online, in the Office of Records & Registration,
      and in the Advising Center. Submit a completed form to the Office of
      Records & Registration.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without

    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening.

    First Year

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BUS 1112 3      BUS 1143 3     
    BUS 1118* 2      BUS 1155*** 3     
    BUS 1119** 3             
    BUS 1180 3             
    TOTAL 11    TOTAL 6   
    * Offered even years fall only
    **Offered every year fall only
    ***Offered every year spring only
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Account Representative
    • Accounting Officer
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Advertising Coordinator
    • Bank Manager
    • Claims Adjuster
    • Data Entry Administrator
    • Digital and Social Media Specialist
    • Employee Training Specialist
    • Employment and Placement Specialist
    • Human Resources Assistant
    • Marketing Assistant
    • Marketing Product Analyst
    • Marketing Communications Assistant
    • Operations Manager
    • Payroll Officer
    • Public Relations Assistant
    • Recruiter
    • Retail Manager
    • Sales Manager

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