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Put your future first

If you’re considering a future in business, it pays to prepare. Whether you are starting your own business, looking to advance in your current job, or just looking for a place to start, our business administration program offers job-focused training that gets you Day 1 Ready. From finance and accounting, to marketing, to good communication, our graduates have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform on Day 1 of a new job. Getting Day 1 Ready takes work, but we’ve built a program designed to support you from the moment you enroll.

Our instructors are real professionals, bringing their experience to your training. Our hands-on training equips you with real-world skills, like building and presenting business plans, working as a team, solving practical challenges, and perhaps most difficult: managing others. You’ll graduate ready to make strategic decisions—and defend them, for a variety of organizations, including:

  • Offices
  • Agencies
  • Retail
  • Hospitality

The business administration program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t get when taking most associate degree program business classes. We are always in touch with potential employers and may be able to help connect you to real opportunities. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll work with you to get you Day 1 Ready.

Business Administration Learning Models

The Business Administration program has been redesigned to utilize our new Online Plus learning model at our Beaumont, College Station, Fort Smith and Las Cruces campuses. Online Plus learning provides an optimal combination of both live online instruction and independent learning activities in a format that allows you enhanced schedule flexibility as well as interaction with your professors and classmates.

Our Killeen and El Paso campus will continue to use a traditional on-campus learning model, using in-person training to deliver hands-on career education in an atmosphere conducive for personalized instruction.

Learn more about our ground campus learning models.

Fast Facts

Course Length: 18 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:


Course is offered in either an Online Plus or our a Traditional learning format.

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Beaumont, TX
Online Plus
College Station, TX
Online Plus
El Paso, TX
Fort Smith, AR
Online Plus
Killeen, TX
Las Cruces, NM
Online Plus
* Based on successful, full time enrollment

With the traditional learning model, Vista College’s Business Administration (Traditional) diploma program utilizes the tried-and-true methods of in-person training in order to effectively deliver the kind of hands-on career education that has successfully prepared our students for new job opportunities for decades. We’ve always kept our dedication to being student-focused and convenient, with an atmosphere conducive for learning and sharing ideas. We keep our class sizes small, with low student-to-teacher ratios so that you can take full advantage of the personalized attention and professional, experienced instructors so vital to the classroom learning process.
Traditional Learning Model

Vista College’s Business Administration program uses an Online Plus learning model that offers you a full range of flexibility and accessibility to accommodate your busy life, while enabling live interaction with your instructors and classmates. Online Plus programs are made up of fully online courses that can be accessed from anywhere, unlike other learning models that have some on-campus requirements. Programs include both live, real-time remote instruction with your teachers and classmates and independent learning activities that can be completed on your own time, depending on your schedule.
Online Plus Learning Model
Most of your labs will also be completed online, utilizing digital tools that enable you to gain real-world experience. All of this is facilitated by our Canvas learning management system, which provides our students with access to all of the course materials and information they need to advance their education.

Ground Campus Learning Models

Traditional Blended
(On-Campus and Online)
Online Plus
Location/ Content Delivery Method Traditional face-to-face on-campus theory and lab instruction. Combination of on-campus and online. Online courses that may be accessed from anywhere.
Meeting Times Classes take place on scheduled days and times. Portions of the course are live real-time virtual instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory portions of the course must be completed at the campus. Portions of the course are live real-time remote instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory segments are completed online.
Labs On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. Most practice labs are completed online, enabling real-world experience.
(Healthcare programs only)
Students are required to complete an externship in an applicable healthcare workplace environment.
Canvas Learning Management System The Canvas LMS provides students 24/7 access to all course materials and information. Students will access assignments as well as submit work through Canvas. Students will also be able to view course schedules, access grades, and have student-to-student or student-to-teacher conversations.

Blended Learning FAQs

What kind of program structure can I expect from a blended learning model?
All of our blended learning courses are 90 hours, taught over five weeks. Each one consists of
What is the online course structure?
Vista uses the online learning management system Canvas, which is where you’ll access all your blended learning course content and links to any other information or software you need. You’ll utilize McGraw Hill’s Connect software to complete activities and assignments. For online, real-time lectures, we utilize Zoom, which allows you to see your instructors, view any shared visuals and classroom materials, and break into small groups to interact with others for group projects and discussions.
Will I need to attend at specific times in a blended learning program?
Yes, some components of both our online and on-campus hybrid courses have some set times you’ll need to attend. These include:
Components Distance Education – Blended Schedule
Theory 4 hours per week - 2 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled in Zoom
Lab 9 hours per week - 4.5 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled
Independent Student Learning Activities 5 hours per week - Work time determined by the student outside of class time, Monday – Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) Asynchronous/Unscheduled
Total Weekly Attendance 18 hours
Attendance is expected and recorded for each hour.
How will I interact with my instructors
The great thing about Zoom is it implements a lot of the features of a classroom. Multiple users are able to interact at the same time, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, and there’s also a chat feature where you can interact with your blended learning course instructors and classmates. Your instructor may even use a feature that allows for small breakout groups of students.
What kind of equipment will I need for the blended learning program?
Mostly, you’ll need Internet access in order to connect to the online components of your hybrid courses. We provide new students with a Chromebook so you’ll be assured of having a working laptop with a microphone and a webcam. This will allow you to access the Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, and any other course materials. We make it a priority to provide you with all software and ebooks required for the program.
Will I be able to get tutoring if I need it?
Absolutely. Vista’s blended learning model still gives you access to our valuable support services. You’ll be able to connect with your instructors for online tutoring, either as an individual or in small groups, through Zoom or telephone.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program may seek entry-level employment in offices, government agencies, or other environments such as retail and hospitality settings.

Potential Job Titles: Team Lead, Manager-In-Training, Assistant Manager, Bookkeeper

Course Title Credits
Business Fundamentals 6.5
Computer Applications 6.5
Business Communications 6.5
Customer Service 6.5
Management * 6.5
Marketing * 6.5
Business Law * 6.5
Accounting * 6.5
Business Computer Information Systems * 6.5
Human Resources * 6.5
Advanced and Computerized Accounting * 6.5
Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship * 6.5
Introduction to College Mathematics 9
Introduction to Psychology 4.5
English Composition I 4.5
English Composition II * 4.5
Survey of the Sciences 4.5

Business Fundamentals


This course explores fundamental processes of global business. Topics include: risk and profit in the business environment; economics, ethics, and social responsibility; organizational structure, management, and leadership; human resources; marketing; and managing financial resources.

6.5 credits
4.5 theory hours
4.5 lab hours

Computer Applications


This course focuses on Microsoft® Office applications and how they are used in business. Topics include: business documents, tables, graphics, and templates; spreadsheets, worksheets, and data; using formulas and functions; charts and tables; databases and tables; data relationships and queries; creating, editing, and delivering presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Communications


This course is the study of communications in a business environment. Topics include: establishing credibility; interpersonal and team communication; difficult conversations and communicating across cultures; effectiveness and readability; communication tools and social media; types of business messages; and reports and presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Customer Service


This course explores skills, behavior, and culture of customer service. Topics include: Verbal and nonverbal communication skills, listening, service breakdowns and recovery, maintaining relationships, and retaining customers.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course introduces management principles in an organizational environment. Topics include: the evolution of management; culture, ethics, and corporate responsibility; planning and decision making; human resources, diversity, and inclusion; leadership, motivation, communication, and teamwork; and innovation and change.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course is an overview of marketing in business. Topics include: marketing strategies and plans; social and mobile marketing; analyzing the marketplace; consumer, business-to-business, and global marketing; products, branding, packaging, and services; establishing value; supply chain management; retail and multichannel marketing; marketing communications, advertising, promotion, public relations, and sales.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Law


This course examines the legal environment in business, focusing on legal and ethical issues. Topics include: administrative law; constitutional law; criminal law and business; tort law; real, personal, and intellectual property; contract law; domestic and international sales law; negotiable instruments and banking; agency; business organizations; and government regulation.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



This course involves accounting principles and introduces topics such as: business transactions and T accounts; general journal and general ledger; closing entries and trial balance; accounts receivable and accounts payable; cash and banking procedures; payroll; accruals and deferrals; and financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Computer Information Systems


This course is the study of business computer information system. Topics include: how organizations use information; databases;networking; business information systems; information systems management; information security; enterprise resource planning; business intelligence; and common business computer hardware, operating systems, and application software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Human Resources


This course focuses on the various aspects of human resources. Topics include: environmental forces, importance of human resources, roles and responsibilities, economic recovery, availability of new technologies, laws, human resources plan, selection and screening process, training systems, development of employees, assessing and improving performance, rewarding and compensating,collective bargaining, labor relations, and human resources on a global basis.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Advanced and Computerized Accounting


This course examines advanced topics in accounting. It begins with a look at accounting principles and reporting standards, then explores accounting for accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts; notes payable and receivable; merchandise inventory; and property, plant, and equipment. Other topics include accounting for partnerships and corporations; financial statement analysis; systems of cost accounting; and cost-revenue analysis. The course also provides an overview of the functionality of integrated accounting software systems (specifically, QuickBooks Online), including step-by-step entry guidelines for financial transactions, generation and analysis of accounting reports, and production of financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship


This course takes a practical approach to small business and entrepreneurship. Topics include conceiving, planning, organizing, and managing a small business.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to College Mathematics


Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology


This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I


This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II


This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Survey of the Sciences


The methods of rational inquiry and problem solving for the sciences are covered within this course. Students will explore and analyze selected topics from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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