Office Administration for the Visually Impaired

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Gain computing skills to succeed in your studies or work. This certificate program is designed to provide a flexible environment for students who are blind or visually impaired. Students are prepared for employment in entry-level computing positions or for further study at college or university.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep 12 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

This program provides students with the computing skills to go on to further training or employment. Students study towards obtaining employment in an office as a word processor/transcriptionist. The program is designed so that students can study part-time or full-time. All computing stations are equipped with JAWS For Windows or ZoomText adaptive software.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have acquired the skills, knowledge and attitudes to:

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Take further training in computing
  • Work as dictatypists
  • Work in entry level office positions

Program Duration

Students enrolled full-time will have to complete 12 months of training (3 semesters). Students may study part-time but will take longer to complete their program. The program is open for ten months each year and is closed in July and August. All semesters are 4 months in length.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Student’s progress is evaluated through a variety of assignments, tests and examinations as indicated on each course outline. Students can expect to be evaluated on their performance on practical assignments, special projects, written and oral presentations, and tests on both the theoretical and practical aspects of course content. A certificate of completion is granted to students who maintain a 70% average in all of the courses.

For more information about adult programs for visually impaired learners, please call 604.871.7000, ext. 7339 or drop by the Broadway campus during regular business hours to speak with the services coordinator for students with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Legally blind or meet requirements of CNIB Sight Enhancement Enrollment
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent, including successful completion of English 12* or equivalent
  • Keyboarding speed of 25 wpm (words per minute)
  • *Note: Any student required to take the Adult Basic Education Assessment must achieve: ABE 60 Reading 52 Grammar 0991 Writing Applicants presenting foreign documents equivalent to Grade 12, whose first language is other than English, must complete an English Language Assessment and achieve results equivalent to English 12.

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $3,154
Student Union Fee $165
College Initiative Fee $91
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
U-Pass Fee $369
Other Costs $21 - Graduation Fee
$126 - Campus Resource Fee

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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