2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Feb 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Technology (IBEST) Certificate Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Integrated Business Technology (I-BEST) Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!


Meet with your advisor to choose the courses that meet your workplace goals.

1. Introduction to Keyboarding

2. Business English I

  • Course purpose: This course will help you build the skills needed to prepare grammatically correct business documents. You will develop skill in editing documents for grammatical correctness. Job applicants must be able to write coherent messages with correct grammar for internal and external communication.

3. Introduction to PC’s/Microsoft Word

4. Business English Support

You will take 2 credits of a support class offering extra instruction to meet outcomes of BTECA 115.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

5. ABE Academic Support

ABE 099 is a support class to help with computer and keyboarding Instruction, navigating Canvas, and overall college experience. In addition, exposure to some basic math in order to prepare you for BTECA 117.

6. College Success

  • Course purpose:  A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.

7. Keyboard Development and Document Formatting

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

8. Ten-Key Mastery

  • Course purpose: Proficient in 10-key by touch so you have the skills for data entry.  Employees are often required to enter data in spreadsheet or in other software. Speed and accuracy of this skill are highly desired by employers.

9. Business English II

  • Course purpose: Further study and practice with the writing process to create effective business memoranda, letters, and short reports. You will continue to build a strong business ocabulary and fluency with punctuation and rules. Job applicants must be able to write coherent message with correct grammar for internal and external communication.

11. ABE Academic Support

ABE 099 is a support class to help with computer, keyboarding, and Business English II, navigating Canvas and the overall college experience. In addition, continued exposure to some basic math in order to prepare you for BTECA 117.

12. Business Math

  • Course purpose: You will practice skills in banking such as keeping a checkbook and balancing it. Solving for equations for the unknown. Practicing percent and fractions. Understanding discounts, markups, and markdowns. Insight into perishables, simple interest promissory notes, discount notes, and the discount process, compound interest and present value. Installment buying and revolving credit, basic statistics, metric supplement depreciation, inventory, and overhead. Industry often requires basic bookkeeping and collection of funds from invoices and calculation of purchase orders. Math knowledge is necessary to write correct formulas in often used Excel spreadsheets for budgeting and other financial purposes.

Action Item: Career Path

You will choose their Business Information Technology Career Path by determining if they are going to do either the “medical” path or the “general office” path by choosing one of the following courses.

13. Medical Office/Office Procedures

Choose one

  • Course purpose: You are introduced to topics that occur in a Medical Office setting. In this course you with learn about the history of healthcare systems, overview of types of healthcare facilities, roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, importance of team work and process improvement, as well as strategies for exploring the job market.

  • Course purpose: This course prepares you with hard and soft skills necessary for success in an office. In addition, you will synthesize and apply content previously acquired while role playing scenarios that will occur during an average office work day.

15. Business Math Support

You will take 2 credits of a support class offering extra instruction to meet outcomes of BTECA 117.

Total Credits: 39-44

Program Code: 559C