Guidance Overview of Business Programs

Business Fundamentals
This is the common business program leads into five of Northern College’s business programs in Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing, Global Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology, and Business – General. Enrolment for September and January intakes is available at each of our campuses or via distance education, allowing students to enter on the path to any of five subsequent two-year business programs in January as well.

Business – Accounting – Two Year Diploma Program
After completing Business Fundamentals, students deepen and broaden their knowledge of accounting, practicing accounting procedures using both manual and computerized accounting software programs.

Business – General – Two Year Diploma Program
After completing Business Fundamentals, students expand their general business knowledge taking elective courses from a mixture of accounting, marketing, business and human resource management courses.

Business – Human Resources – Two Year Diploma Program
After completing Business Fundamentals, students learn the skills needed for a career in human resources, such as staffing, performance management, training, employee relations, health and safety, benefits and compensation administration functions, and strategies to support the human resources activities of an organization.

Business – Marketing – Two Year Diploma Program
After completing Business Fundamentals, students learn the processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.

Business – Global Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology – Two Year Diploma Program
After completing Business Fundamentals, students interested in how the continued acceleration of technology transforms organizations and the economy operate, can hone in on the skills needed for business professionals to excel in the age of digital transformation.

Law Clerk – Two Year Diploma Program
This specialized two-year program (with unique first year) prepares you for a stimulating career in a law office or related environments, such as legal departments of government and industry. The comprehensive law clerk education now includes a 120 hour placement.

Office Administration – General – One Year Certificate Program
This program draws on some courses from the Business Fundamentals program along with additional specialty courses and a two-week placement to prepare you to become a confident, capable and efficient administrative assistant. Students proceed from here to employment, or to a second year to develop more in-depth skills and knowledge in the Office Administration – Executive program.

Office Administration – Executive – Two Year Diploma Program
Students extend their professional skills in office administration after completing Office Administration – General certificate, deepening their competency with one day/week placement in the second semester, and additional courses such as Medical and Legal Terminology, Desktop Publishing, Transcription, Databases, advanced document processing and more.