Business Office Administration

Train to Work as a Business Professional

SJVC’s Business Office Administration program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can adapt to any company’s operation. Students develop into knowledgeable, ethical and technically competent business professionals.

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Business Office Administration Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Students enrolled in the Business Office Administration program learn:

  • Practical application of business accounting fundamentals
  • Principals of basic business math
  • Written & digital business communication
  • Basic elements of HR, marketing, customer service and social media for business
  • Productivity software

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Business Office Administration students include:

ACCT 100 – Accounting Cycle Concepts (3.0 credits)
This course introduces the fundamental principles and terminology of accounting. Subjects covered include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and the steps of the accounting cycle.

BUSN 100 – Business Math Applications (3.0 credits)
This course focuses on using mathematics to solve business problems. Activities emphasize performing calculations associated with interest, retail, purchasing, credit and other general business applications.

BUSN 120 – Business Communication (3.0 credits)
This course focuses on effective writing techniques utilized in business to produce various communications and documents, including business letters, minutes and reports, dictation and note taking. Proper grammar, mechanics, number usage, vocabulary, and proofreading are emphasized, as well as style, appearance, tone, and reader appeal. Students will develop time management, organization, presentation and communication skills.

BUSN 130 – Principles of Management (3.0 credits)
This course provides students an introduction into the theory and application of management concepts. Topics include leadership, planning and organization, social responsibility, delegation, leadership styles, decision making, time and stress management and employee relations. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.

BUSN 140 – Principles of Human Resources (3.0 credits)
This course provides an overview of the administration of human resources in business, emphasizing legal and regulatory requirements and ethical obligations. Topics include recruitment and hiring, training and evaluation, compensation and benefits, and labor relations.

BUSN 160 – Principles of Marketing (2.0 credits)
This course provides a foundational overview of marketing activities, practices, and processes. Additional topics include business ethics, market segmentation, product, distribution, pricing decisions, consumer products, advertising, and consumer behavior.

BUSN 190 – Customer Service (2.0 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to customer service. Topics include customer perceptions, customer service strategy, verbal and non-verbal communication, and problem solving.

BUSN 201 – Spreadsheet Management (3.0 credits)
This course builds fundamental skills in Microsoft Excel® for use as a business tool. Students will create and manage worksheets, apply formulas and functions, and create data visualizations.

BUSN 251 – Business Externship (3.0 credits)
Students will utilize their skills and knowledge by working in a local business under direct supervision of the professional manager. Students are required to turn in completed hours and evaluations, and the grade earned in this course is Pass/Fail. Passing this course is a graduation requirement.

COMP 101 – Computer Literacy and Applications for the Professional (3.0 credits)
This course provides an introduction to office productivity software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, and email. Topics include basic computer use, information literacy, and working with productivity applications in a professional setting.

GRS 100 – Graduate Readiness Seminar (2.0 credits)
Students will prepare for the job search process in this seminar. Through work with the Career Services Department, they will develop resumes, interview techniques, and networking skills needed for workplace success. The grade in this course is Pass/Fail and is based upon creation of a career portfolio, mock interviewing skills, and other professional development activities. Passing this course is a graduation requirement.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Program Outcomes

Our Business Office Administration graduates can earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 8 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.


Program Availability

SJVC’s Business Office Administration program is available online* and at the following campuses:

*These locations offer both the Certificate of Completion and Associate of Science Degree programs.

Career Opportunities

Employers across the U.S. look to hire business professionals who are familiar with business technology and equipment, in addition to appropriate business practices and communication.

Our Business Office Administration training prepares graduates for the following careers:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Information and Record Clerk
  • Sales Representative

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete their courses and the Career Services Seminar (CSS 100) to graduate. They must also meet a minimum keyboarding speed of 45 net words per minute (for Certificate of Completion and Associate of Science Degree), and a minimum 10 key speed of 8,000 keystrokes per hour (for Associate of Science Degree).

Accreditation & Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

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