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Where is the Business Office Applications Technology located?

The Business Department and Business Office Applications Technology (formerly Office Administration) are located in Delaware Hall. The main office is in 259 Delaware Hall. Faculty offices are located on the first floor of Delaware Hall.

What degree programs do you offer?

We offer an Administrative Assistant Associate Degree program, with option for Medical Cognate. Our certificates include: Bookkeeping, and Office Specialist.

How do I talk or meet with an advisor?

Faculty advisors are listed on this Website.

Do I need to take prerequisites?

Most courses are built upon foundations that presume previous knowledge and skills. Even though you may have been exposed to certain concepts, faculty need to be certain that you have the necessary capabilities to handle the material in that particular class.

How do I register for classes?

Registration should be completed as soon as the registration period begins for a new quarter, so you won’t get closed out of a particular class you may want. You may go to online registration at Also, you may register in person at the registrar’s office in Madison Hall.

Will my credits transfer to another institution?

That depends upon the institution to which you are transferring. Traditionally, Columbus State has had most of its traditional credit courses accepted by other institutions.

Will Columbus State accept my courses from another institution?

That depends on many factors, including the institution from which the credit was given, the time elapsed since the credit was given, and the course objectives which were covered. To give you the best chance of having your credit accepted, please provide the Columbus State Records and Registration department and your advisor with official transcripts from the granting institution. Also, please provide your advisor with a catalog from the granting institution so a determination may be made whether the courses meet our technical specifications. If you have questions about this, please contact your advisor.

Can I complete my degree in two years?

Our plans of study do allow for completion in a two-year period. However, students can take more time to complete a degree.

What professional certifications can I get?

Although the department does not offer professional certifications directly, our certificate programs prepare students for national and international certifications. Completing the Business Office Applications Bookkeeping Certificate will prepare students to sit for the Certified Bookkeeper examination given by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). All courses taken in the Office Specialist certificate will prepare students to sit for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist.

What if I already have certifications?

This is handled on a case-by-case basis.

What happens when the curriculum changes?

The curriculum of a business office applications technology changes regularly. When students enroll in one of our plans of study, they are enrolled in a current catalog of courses. If a plan of study changes, the student has the option to stay with their original plan or change to the new one. The faculty advisor can help the student decide which plan would be the most advantageous.

Why do I pay a lab fee if I'm registered for a distance learning course?

The lab fee assists in maintaining the learning management system, i.e. Blackboard, which is your virtual classroom.