Office Administration A.A.S.
Proficiency exams are offered to students who wish to test out of various keyboarding courses based on their high school coursework and/or office experiences. Up to four credit hours may be earned by taking the keyboarding proficiency exams at the beginning of each course offering. Students may create flexibility in their schedules and concentrate on other courses by opting out of courses in which they are already proficient. Proficiency testing provides the college credit that students need to progress toward their degree. Students do not need to attend class once they pass these exams.
State Exams and Certifications (exams and certifications are relevant to type of A.A.S. degree within the Office Administration curriculum that students are enrolled in – see advisor for more information.)
New York State Civil Service Examinations
While enrolled at Morrisville State College, students are introduced to and complete a sample New York State Civil Service Examinations in the Office Administration Orientation class in the fall (first) semester. Many NYS office administration-type jobs require prospective employees to have successfully passed a variety of civil service exams. Being aware of these types of exams and completing sample exams early on within their academics, allows students to be aware of a variety of skills they will learn throughout their studies at Morrisville State College and realize how those skills will ensure they successfully pass these required exams.
Many State office jobs fill their positions through the Civil Service process, guided by the New York State Civil Service Law, which is in place to ensure that the hiring process is competitive and fair. The City uses employment examinations to measure a potential candidate’s merit and fitness for a particular title. In most instances, taking an exam is the beginning of a hiring process that may lead to employment with the State. Classes taken at Morrisville State’s Office Administration A.A.S. program ensure proper skills that students need to pass these exams.
Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Examination
Professors within the Office Administration department at Morrisville State College belong to IAAP (International Administrative Assistants Professionals) – Syracuse, New York chapter. Being members of this organization allows professors to network with administrative assistants throughout NYS and gain current industry trends and other information to bring back to the classroom. Many courses students take through their studies in an Office Administration program at Morrisville State College reinforce the principles set forth in the CAPP Exam. As stated on the following website, (http://www.iaap-hq.org/certification), “The Institute for Certification believes that a top-level administrative professional should have basic knowledge of office systems, technology, office administration, and management, and know how to apply the principles of good human relations and communications. Some of the examinations are based on knowledge acquired by the office professional through formal education and informal reading. Employers also expect their administrative assistants to be thoroughly familiar with current techniques in office practice and procedures and aware of developments in office systems and technology.”
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Microsoft Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification in a specific Office program.
Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification is a prerequisite to pursuing the higher-level Microsoft Office Specialist Expert and Microsoft Office Specialist Master certifications.(http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mos-certification.aspx).
Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (CBCS) (suggested for Medical Office Admin. AAS degree students only)
NHA www.nhanow.com National Healthcareer Association CERTIFICATION
NHA is a leading Allied Health Medical Certification provider that is dedicated to improving health-care one worker at a time.
A Certified Billing and Coding Specialist's (CBCS) main focus is on converting a medical procedure, diagnosis, or symptom into specific codes for submitting a claim for reimbursement. As a CBCS, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Accurately locate documentation in the patient record to support coding and billing process
- Accurately assign codes for diagnoses and procedures
- Submit claims for reimbursement based on payer policies and procedures
- Coach providers on the best documentation practices to support quality coding and optimal reimbursement
Benefits to obtaining a Billing and Coding Certification may include: more job opportunities, an increased pay scale, and increased subject matter expertise.