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Fall 2018 Course Catalog 
Fall 2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Applications Specialist Certificate

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School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Computer Information Technologies
HEGIS: 5104
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Janet Ranucci
Telephone: 914-606-6661



Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Certificates Defined

Certificate programs are designed to provide a mix of theory and practical training leading to immediate employment upon completion. People who pursue certificates might have an advanced degree and typically want to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Others might enroll in a certificate program to “test the waters,” with an eye toward pursuing an associate’s degree. Credits earned now in a credit-bearing certificate will apply later toward an associate’s degree at Westchester Community College. Click to learn more  about the differences among the award types.

Program Description

Employees in today’s computer-dominated workplace must possess “Information Age” skills. This certificate provides students with the opportunity to become proficient in office computer applications and to gain a solid foundation in current business practices. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on oral and written communications and accounting skills that are essential for success in business.

Graduates will be prepared to find employment in such jobs as Computer Applications Specialist, Office Assistant, Customer Service Representative and other computer and administrative support positions.

All credits earned for this certificate may be applied to an Associate’s degree in Office Technologies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in business productivity software, basic workplace computer literacy, and information management.
  2. Demonstrate library and internet research skills.
  3. Demonstrate effective business communications skills.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of accounting theory and financial procedures used in organizational decision making.

Program Notes

* This course may be waived by the curriculum chairperson and a higher level OFTEC or CIS course substituted for those students who possess the equivalent skill levels.

Minimum Total Credits - 25

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click to download the Computer Applications Specialist Certificate Educational Plan (PDF) .

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program, and other important information please visit Computer Applications Specialist Certificate - GE Disclosure. For an overview of all gainful employment disclosures at Westchester Community College, visit

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Getting Started

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