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AST 101 - Keyboarding I
Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports and tabulation. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 103) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 102 - Keyboarding II
Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy. Prerequisite AST 101. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 104) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 107 - Editing/Proofreading Skills
Develops skills essential to creating and editing business documents. Covers grammar, spelling, diction, punctuation, capitalization, and other usage problems.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 117 - Keyboarding for Computer Usage
Teaches the alphabetic keyboard and 10-key pad. Develops correct keying techniques.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 132 - Word Processing I (Specify Software)
Introduces students to a word processing program to create, edit, save and print documents.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
AST 176 - Medical Office/Unit Management
Develops administrative and support skills for a medical setting including effective communications, ethical and legal issues, research techniques, and insurance claims processing.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 234 - Records and Database Management
Teaches filing and records management procedures using microcomputer database software. Incorporates both manual and electronic methods for managing information. A laboratory co-requisite (AST 235) may be required.
Lecture 2-4 hours per week.
2-4 credits
AST 242 - Medical Insurance and Coding
Teaches coding for medical services rendered within a medical office setting utilizing current coding books for maximum reimbursement.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 243 - Office Administration I
Develops an understanding of the administrative support role and the skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes the development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and job performance skills in a business office environment. Prerequisite AST 101.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
AST 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits