Credential · Bachelor of Applied Business Administration · Diploma/ Certificate
Program Length · 2 years for applied degree, after completion of a 2 year diploma (2+2) · 2-3 years for diploma · 12 - 52 weeks for certificate
Entry · Applied degree - entry after completion of diploma · Diploma/ Certificate - direct entry
Areas of Study · General business office administration · Specialization areas include dental office administration, fashion business management, health care administration, legal administration and legal office assistant, administrative assistant, medical office administration, tourism and hospitality management, accounting and payroll administration, computerized accounting and payroll, e-commerce management, applied project management and secretarial.
Special Features · co-op/ work placement/ industry practicum · specialized office simulation labs
Businesses don't just run themselves. Skilled workers are needed to handle a number of specialized office procedures and administrative duties, and applied business technology (ABT) programs are there to train them.
Entering direct from high school into a community college or career college, you have a wide variety of diplomas and certificates to choose from. Programs in applied business technology include accounting and payroll administration, computerized accounting and payroll, e-commerce management, fashion business management, tourism and hospitality management, applied project management and a variety of specific office areas such as dental office administration, legal office administration, medical office administration and health care administration. These programs often incorporate practicum experience in addition to traditional classroom learning and can last anywhere from 4 months to 2 years. The 2 + 2 Bachelor's of Applied Business Management is also offered at some community colleges. A few universities offer applied business technology programs, but this is not as common. Students with time or other restrictions can find a number of ABT programs available in an online/distance format.
Applied business technology programs generally cover basic office skills that are applicable to a variety of potential careers. Required courses may include business office communications, administrative procedures, bookkeeping, keyboarding, computer applications, human/ public relations, business math, business English, and job search techniques. Programs designed for particular work environments (such as legal or medical offices) also include courses in specialized terminology, office practices and software. Programs in applied business technology at both community and career colleges are designed to make students job-ready, and schools often offer job placement assistance.