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Office Systems Technology

Advising Plans
Data Entry Operator
(6 credit hours)
Receptionist (12 credit hours)
Integrated Office Skills 
(21 credit hours)
Administrative (30 credit hours)
Office Assistant
(36 credit hours)
Administrative Assistant 
(41-42 credit hours)
Office Systems Technology Administrative Track (60-61 hours)

Program Advisor


Donna Logan, Program Coordinator
(606) 878-4758

Susanne Scott, Program Advisor
(606) 451-6852


All required courses are either offered on-campus and/or online. All courses for the OST program can be completed online via KYVC.

Areas of Study

The Office Systems Technology Program offers an Administrative degree track, diplomas, and certificate options. Certificates can typically be completed within two semesters or less. Diplomas can typically be completed within three semesters. The AAS Degree Track can be completed within four semesters.  

Program Details

students and computersThe Office Systems Technology program is an integrated curriculum, which prepares graduates at the certificate, diploma, and associate degree level. The Office Systems Technology program prepares students to work in an office environment of people, processes, and technologies. Job titles may include Administrative Assistant, Office Assistant, Office Manager, and Receptionist. These personnel use a variety of office technology and computer-based applications (word processing, electronic mail, desktop publishing, graphics, database, and spreadsheet). They support and help facilitate accurate communication and information exchange to internal and external customers on a timely basis.

Technical courses combined with general education courses prepare students for today’s workforce and provide a basis for lifelong learning, a necessity for the workforce of the future. Students can select the Administrative Track at Somerset Community College.

Program graduates are employed in professional offices, education, government, businesses, and industries. Graduates may choose to sit for the Certified Professional Secretary Examination or Certified Administrative Professional Examination or Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications. Students entering this program will need to have basic computer skills and keyboarding skills. 

Employment projections and salaries

Length of Program

The actual time it takes to complete any of the credentials offered in the program depends on the background and needs of each individual student.  Most students want to know “How long will it take for me to complete this program?” Some things to consider when determining how long it will take to complete the program includes the following:  Do you have any completed or transfer coursework that can be used toward the credential? Do you have any development needs in reading, writing, or math? How many credit hours can you take each semester? All of these are variables in how long it will actually take to complete the program.

Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.

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