Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Computer Applications and Office Systems Virtual Specialist Certificate

This program is designed for the highly skilled, self-directed administrative assistant. Students learn the necessary skills to develop a virtual office that provides administrative support and technical services for the rapidly changing global business environment.


Students must be competent with composition and math skills, word processing, spreadsheet, formatting, filing, and editing skills for common office documents. Browser navigation, searching the web, and file management skills are also essential to be successful in this program. Recommended classes to obtain these skills: WR 121, MTH 20, CAS 104, CAS 133, CAS 170, CAS 216, OS 120, OS 240, OS 245, BA 101, BA 131. Because of the entrepreneurial nature of Virtual Specialists, students should be independent learners who use time management skills to accomplish tasks. It is highly recommended students have a minimum of two years' work experience in an office related field, such as administration, medical, insurance, web design, etc.

Certificate Requirements

Students must pass all courses with letter grades of a C or better.

Virtual Certificate Assistant
First Term Course Credits
BA 205 Solving Business Problems 4
CAS 111D Beg. Web Site/Dreamweaver 3
CAS 246 Integrated Computer Projects 4
OS 250 Creating a Virtual Office 4
Total Credits 15
Second Term Course Credits
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting 3
OS 251 Virtual Office Concepts 4
OS 280F Cooperative Education 4
OS 280G Cooperative Education: Seminar 1
Total Credits 12
Total Certificate Credits 27


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