Associate of Applied Science in
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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:
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.
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.
Course is offered in either an Online Plus or our a Traditional learning format.
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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.
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.
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.
(On-Campus and Online)
|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.|
|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|
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
|Business Law *||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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course takes a practical approach to small business and entrepreneurship. Topics include conceiving, planning, organizing, and managing a small business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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