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With the right skills, knowledge, and support—you’re in business.

Getting started in the world of business means having a handle on key skills. Whatever the challenges ahead, our business diploma gets you Day 1 Ready. This means having more under your belt than business basics—we equip you with the knowledge and confidence to perform under pressure on Day 1 of a new job. If you need to prepare for your first business job, this program teaches you everything you need in less than 10 months*.

Our students benefit from the experiences of instructors who are real professionals—and from research into the skills that employers are looking for. Our courses are hands-on: you’ll build a business plan and deliver presentations. As with today’s work environments, you’ll collaborate in a team. Our business students get to know office software, learn important terms, and pick up accounting skills. They’re ready to apply them across a huge variety of workplaces, including:

  • Offices
  • Agencies
  • Retail
  • Hospitality

This 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 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.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

Business Administration Learning Models

The Business Administration program has been redesigned to utilize our new Online Plus learning model at our Beaumont 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 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.

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Course Length: 10 Months *
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Course is offered in either an Online Plus or our a Traditional learning format.

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Beaumont, TX
Online Plus
El Paso, TX
Traditional
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* 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
Our traditional Business Administration program caps off with an externship in the workplace. This allows you become an active and contributing member of your community, in your chosen field, even before you graduate.

Vista College’s Business Administration (Distance Education) 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.
Externship
(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 Business Administration diploma program may seek entry-level employment in offices, government agencies, or other environments such as retail and hospitality settings.

Potential Job Titles: Account Representative, Team Lead, Assistant Manager, Bookkeeper, Office Associate, and Quality Analyst.

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 Fundamentals

BUS100

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

BUS101

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

BUS102

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

BUS103

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

Management

BUS104

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

Marketing

BUS105

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

BUS106

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

Accounting

BUS107

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

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