Office Assistant Certificate (OAC)

This program provides students with the skills necessary for entry-level positions in the professional office environment.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS101 Keyboarding


    Prerequisites: FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: A placement (proficiency) exam is offered. Proficiency exempts students from CIS101; credit is not awarded and another course must be taken. There is no charge for the placement exam

BUS105 Business Ethics


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS103 Word Processing Applications


    FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS121 Spreadsheet Applications


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BUS125 Communication for Business and



    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Professional Elective


    Electives: ACC101, BUS105, BUS 112, CIS123, MAS101, PLS101,

CED 203

                                             Total: 24 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner or Leominster Campuses.

Transfer options: This program is designed for immediate career entry. Some courses can be applied to MWCC’s Business Administration Career Degree or Computer Information Systems Degree. Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Office assistant, administrative support, customer service representative, and receptionist.

Earning potential: $21,830 to $34,250.

Technical Standards* for CIS, ITC, and OAC

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Read from a computer screen.
  • Learn to operate a computer.
  • Possess manual dexterity to operate computer devices such as a keyboard and mouse.
  • Work at a computer for a minimum of two hours.

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