SWCID - SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf

Office Technology

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Certificate Level I
Office Technology
Campus Availability(AllBSL


The Office Technology Certificate Program is offered for students who desire to enter employment directly after completion of this two-semester program or for students who desire to pursue an associate degree in the Business Program at SWCID or Howard workers

THEA Waived.

Employment Responsibilities Might Include:  File, input data, prepare documents, use software, perform clerical duties


  • Office Clerk
  • File Clerk
  • Data Entry Operator
  • General Office Clerk
  • Office Support Specialist
  • Software Applications Specialist
  • Administrative Specialist

Employment Locations: 

  • business settings in government agencies
  • business settings in hospitals
  • companies (banks, retail, etc.)
  • business settings in education (schools, colleges, etc.)

Program Duration:  Two or three semesters.  Additional prerequisite course(s) may be required depending on students’ prior training/education


  • MATH 0302
  • *POFI 2301
  • Interview with the CIS / Business Coordinator


  • Students who lack a proficiency in sign communication may be required to enroll in SLNG 1304, SLNG 1305, or SLNG 1344 until proficiency is attained.
  • Students who lack a proficiency in keyboarding speed and accuracy may be required to enroll in *POFT 1127.

First Semester

Course    Semester Hours
ETWR 1371 or POFT 1301 3
POFT 1325   3
POFT 1309   3
BCIS 1405   4
SPCH 1321   3
ITSW 2334   3
Total    19
Second Semester

Course    Semester Hours
POFT 1321   3
POFT 1319   3
BUSI/ACCT Elective1  3
HRPO 1311   3
POFT 2301   3
BMGT 23822/3   3
Total    18

Total Hours   37

1Elective must be a 3-credit hour Business, Accounting or Office Technology course.  The suggested courses are BUSI 1307, ACNT 1303, BUSI 1304, or ACCT 2301.  Students are encouraged to consult the CIS/Business Coordinator since some students’ goals vary.
2Students may be allowed to register for BMGT 2382 in spring semester to complete the cooperative education in the spring semester, the following summer or the following semester only.  Students provide their own transportation to and from co-op sites.  For more information, students must see the CIS/Business Coordinator.
3Capstone course


Course Information: SWCID Catalog

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