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The Business Administration program provides students with course options for their chosen career field. Students choose from three areas of study to develop marketable skills in their focused area of support: accounting, administrative, or medical office. Students earning a certificate or AAS degree will enter the workforce ready to meet the needs of the workplace. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Business Administration Program at Manhattan Area Technical College are prepared to:

  • Prepare complex documents according to workplace standards
  • Prepare and deliver professional presentations on various topics
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills in a team setting
  • Create professional employment documents
  • Demonstrate knowledge of business ownership and management to create a business plan
  • Utilize the Internet to obtain information
  • Utilize industry-specific software to develop professional documents, presentations, workbooks, and databases and to enhance productivity
  • Purposely and effectively organize and prioritize spaces, time, and tasks within a business environment
  • Use current and emerging technologies to solve workplace problems through presentation, research, analysis, and synthesis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical frameworks of business
  • Identify and correct common communication problems including awareness of diversity issues which affect the workplace
  • Exhibit ability to effectively communicate, both through oral and written communications
  • Understand and apply principles associated with maintaining good mental and physical health, professionalism in the workplace, and personal grooming

In addition to the above program objectives, specific skills in each area of study are as follows: 

  • Accounting Support
    • Prepare journal entries and post to ledgers
    • Prepare financial statements for specific terms
    • Prepare billing documents and write effective collection letters
    • Prepare payroll forms and verify information
    • Apply accounting concepts to accounting software
    • Apply accounting concepts to a corporation
    • Apply accounting concepts to nonprofit and governmental accounting
    • Explain generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as they apply to ethical business decisions
    • Demonstrate an understanding of terminology related to accounting careers and understand the career opportunities available
  • Administrative Support
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of general clerical functions (e.g., filing, telephones, photocopying)
    • Prepare complex documents according to workplace standards
    • Utilize software to enhance productivity
    • Exhibit interpersonal skills in a team setting
    • Create and organize work to be included in a professional portfolio
    • Plan business meetings and travel that includes appointments, accommodations, and transportation
    • Use critical thinking to apply advanced software skills to workplace scenarios
  • Medical Office Support
    • Identify, evaluate, and appropriately apply principles of medical office administration to specific workplace situations
    • Plan business meetings and travel that includes appointments, accommodations and transportation
    • Demonstrate competency in performing administrative clerical duties
    • Use industry-specific software to perform specialized data entry, classification, and record-keeping procedures related to medical diagnostic, treatment, billing, and insurance documentation
    • Differentiate between ethical and non-ethical issues in the medical environment
    • Demonstrate thorough understanding of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
    • Analyze health care settings and compare their similarities and differences


Degree Options

  • Accounting Support Certificate Program
  • Accounting Support A.A.S. Degree Program
  • Business Administrative Support Certificate Program
  • Business Administrative Support A.A.S. Degree Program
  • Medical Office Support Certificate Program
  • Medical Office Support A.A.S. Degree Program


A number of scholarships are available to students enrolled in the Business Administration Program.

Certification Opportunities

The Office Proficiency Assessment Certification (OPAC) exam is used to measure student proficiency of workplace skills.  Associate degree students receive an official OPAC certificate.

Career Opportunities

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant       
  • Payroll Clerk              
  • Medical Office Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk       
  • Records Assistant      
  • Medical Office Receptionist
  • Bookkeeper    
  • Data Entry Specialist 
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Accounting Assistant 
  • Executive Assistant   
  • Medical Scheduler
  • Office Coordinator    
  • Receptionist

Job Placement

Program faculty work closely with local employers to offer job placement assistance when possible.  Additional services are available through Student Services.

Employment Outlook

The job prospects for administrative support professionals continue to grow because these employees provide a service that is vital to the office operation.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in overall employment within Business Administrative support is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 – 2022. Employment growth will vary by occupational specialty.

For information about specific careers in each area of study, visit the O*Net Online website at for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wages, and employment trend information.

Program Information

Estimated Monthly Cost

A.A.S. - $612
Certificate - $663

Estimated Total Cost

Including tuition, fees,

books and supplies

A.A.S. Degree - $11,000
Certificate - $5,965

In accordance with 34 CFR 668.6(b), that requires institutions to disclose certain information about the programs to prospective students, please see: Gainful Employment.

Average Wage

$22,750 - $34,400

Completion Time

A.A.S. Degree - 62 Credit Hours
Certificate - 33 Credit Hours
August & January Start Dates


Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted on a first-applied, first accepted basis.


The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456 

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)
1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1321

Program Instructors

Laurie Johnson

Business Administration Instructor

MOS Excel

MS Vocational Business Education



Jason York

Business Administration Instructor


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