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Administrative Assistant
Administrative Office Professional
Office Assistant Certificate
Administrative Assistant Certificate
Spreadsheet
Word Processing
Basic Computer Literacy

Administrative Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 94 Credits
Career Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing and Technology

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Computer Application Systems 19
Office Systems 18
Administrative Assistant Degree Electives 13
Administrative Assistant Business Electives 6
CAS/Administrative Assistant Degree Electives 4
Business Management 10
Math 4
Writing 4
General Education Electives 16
Credit Total 94

Career Description

An administrative assistant possesses advanced knowledge of popular software applications and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. An administrative assistant is prepared to make decisions, set priorities and establish work flow.

Program Outcomes

  • Produce professional, error-free, timely documents by using current and emerging software and hardware technology.
  • Effectively communicate their own creative and critical ideas; respond effectively both verbally and in written format to the spoken, written, and visual ideas of others.
  • Use critical thinking, organization and problem solving to effectively manage numeric, alphabetic and digital data.
  • Assess and analyze new tasks to determine what computer technology should be utilized to effectively complete the tasks.
  • Establish and follow procedures to manage digital and hard copy office documents.
  • Apply planning and time management principles to accomplish workplace efficiency and achieve company objectives.
  • Perform general office tasks: plan and participate in meetings, coordinate travel arrangements, schedule appointments, greet clients/customers, and process mail.
  • Understand roles within teams, work units, departments, and organizations to identify the effect of systems on the activities of a business or an organization.
  • Exhibit people skills to deal effectively with a variety of personalities and diverse individuals.

Course of Study

The program emphasis is on use of communications, business software, Internet and emerging technologies. Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

Approved Administrative Assistant Degree Electives

Course Name Credits
CAS 103 Introduction to Windows 1
CAS 104 Basic Internet Skills 1
CAS 109 Beginning Powerpoint 1
CAS 110 Introduction to Web Graphics Using Fireworks 1
CAS 111D Beginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver 3
CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding 3
CAS 121A Beginning Keyboarding 1
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed & Accuracy 3
CAS 171 Intermediate Excel 3
CAS 231 Publisher 3

Approved Administrative Assistant Business Electives

Course Name Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology* 4
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 203 Introduction to International Business 3
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 207 Introduction to E-Commerce 4
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BA 213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA 215 Basic Cost Accounting 3
BA 218 Personal Finance 3
BA 222 Financial Management 3
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 4
BA 224 Human Resource Management 3
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 238 Sales 3
BA 239 Advertising 3
BA 242 Introduction to Investments 3
BA 244 Introduction to Records Management 3
BA 249 Principles of Retailing & E-tailing 3
BA 250 Small Business Management 3
BA 256 Income Tax 3
BA 280A CE: Business Experience 1
BA 280B CE: Business Experience-Seminar 1
* May not include BA 131 if CAS 133 was taken.

Administrative Office Professional

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 91 Credits
Career Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing and Technology

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Business Management 27
Computer Applications 26
Office Systems 18
Writing 4
General Education Electives 16
Credit Total 91

Career Description

Coordinates various office support services and frequently supervises office support staff. Establishes short range and long range plans for the office. This degree requires excellent communication and organizational skills. Students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science, Administrative Office Professional degree will develop skills and knowledge appropriate to an entry-level office position as an administrative assistant leading to managerial responsibilities. All CAS/OS courses applied to this degree must be passed with a “C” or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Produce professional, error free, timely documents by using current and emerging software and hardware technology. Evaluate and analyze new tasks to determine what computer technology should be utilized to effectively complete the tasks.
  • Perform general office tasks: plan and participate in meetings; coordinate travel arrangements; schedule appointments; greet clients/customers; process mail; manage equipment, supplies, and other resources in a timely manner to maintain workplace efficiency.
  • Work effectively in a team and a group setting by understanding roles within teams, work units, departments, and organizations. Exhibit effective people skills to deal with a variety of personalities and diverse individuals.
  • Effectively communicate creative and critical ideas; respond effectively both verbally and in written format to the spoken, written, and visual ideas of others. Collaborate with others to develop and implement company vision, goals, and tasks.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of office practices and procedures and recommend and implement necessary changes. Use planning and time management principles to accomplish workplace efficiency and achieve company objectives.
  • Use critical thinking, organization, and problem solving to effectively manage numeric, alphabetic, and digital data. Apply knowledge of basic accounting procedures to the basic recordkeeping requirements of a business using applicable technology.

Office Assistant Certificate

Career Pathway Certificate: 43 Credits

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Computer Applications 20
Office Systems 15
Business Management 4
Writing 4
Credit Total 43

Program Outcomes

The Office Assistant certificate will benefit those who want to:

  • Be prepared for entry-level jobs in the area of office assistant;
  • Learn new computer application and office skills.
  • Upgrade existing computer applications and office skills.

Program Details

Minimum 43 credit hours. The Office Assistant Certificate is a career pathway certificate. All courses in the certificate are found in the Administrative Assistant AAS Degree.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 205 Solving Communication Problems with Technology 4
CAS 109 Beginning Powerpoint 1
CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3
CAS 140 Beginning Access 3
CAS 170 or CAS 171 Beginning Excel or Intermediate Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 246 Integrated Computer Projects 4
OS 220 Business Editing Skills 4
OS 240 Filing and Records Management 4
OS 245 Office Systems & Procedures 4
OS 280F Cooperative Education: Administrative Assistant 2
OS 280G Cooperative Education: Administrative Assistant Seminar 1
WR 121* English Composition 4
* or higher

Administrative Assistant

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 52 Credits
Career Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing and Technology

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Computer Applications 13
Office Systems 13
CAS/Administrative Assistant Certificate Electives 4
Business Management 10
Math 4
Writing 4
General Education Electives 4
Credit Total 52

Career Description

A Computer Applications and Office Systems Certificate is intended to meet business career needs for entry-level administrative assistants, secretaries, receptionists, file clerks and data entry personnel. Workers in these positions may perform a wide variety of duties such as working with modern office technology to produce and file business documents, greeting the public, planning and scheduling, accounting and creating web pages.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the one-year certificate will have skills and knowledge appropriate to performing basic entry-level office work.

Course of Study

The program emphasis is on use of computers, document preparation and editing, filing, and use of the Internet.

Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Approved Administrative Assistant Degree Electives

Course Name Credits
CAS 103 Introduction to Windows 1
CAS 104 Basic Internet Skills 1
CAS 109 Beginning Powerpoint 1
CAS 110 Introduction to Web Graphics Using Fireworks 1
CAS 111D Beginning Website Creation: Dreamweaver 3
CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding 3
CAS 121A Beginning Keyboarding 1
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed & Accuracy 3
CAS 140 Beginning Access 3
CAS 171 Intermediate Excel 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 231 Publisher 3

Spreadsheet

Career Pathway Certificate: 27 Credits

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Computer Applications 15
Office Systems 1
Business Management 3
Math 4
Writing 4
Credit Total 27

Program Outcomes

The Spreadsheet certificate will benefit those who want to:

  • Be prepared for entry-level jobs in the area of bookkeeping assistant, data entry, office assistant, and bank teller.
  • Learn new computer applications and office skills.
  • Upgrade existing computer applications and office skills.

Program Details

Minimum 27 credit hours. The Spreadsheet Certificate is a career pathway certificate. All courses in the certificate are found in the Administrative Assistant AAS Degree.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting 3
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3
CAS 140 Beginning Access 3
CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3
CAS 171 Intermediate Excel 3
CAS 216 or CAS 217 Beginning Word or Intermediate Word 3
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1
MTH 30 Business Mathematics 4
WR 121 English Composition 4

Word Processing

Career Pathway Certificate: 26 Credits

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Computer Applications 18
Office Systems 4
Writing 4
Credit Total 26

Program Outcomes

The Word Processing certificate will benefit those who want to:

  • Be prepared for entry-level jobs in the area of word processor and clerical support;
  • Learn new computer applications and office skills.
  • Upgrade existing computer applications and office skills.

Program Details

Minimum 26 credit hours. The Word Processing Certificate is a career pathway certificate. All courses in the certificate are found in the Administrative Assistant AAS Degree.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3
CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3
CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
CAS 217 Intermediate Word 3
CAS 231 Publisher 3
OS 220 Business Editing Skills 4
WR 121 English Composition 4

Basic Computer Literacy

Career Pathway Certificate: 13 Credits

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Computer Applications 13
Credit Total 13

Program Outcomes

The Basic Computer Literacy certificate will benefit those who want to:

  • Be prepared for entry-level jobs in the area of office support and information clerk.
  • Apply new computer applications and office skills at an entry level.

Program Details

Minimum 13 credit hours. The Basic Computer Literacy Certificate is a career pathway certificate. All courses in the certificate are found in the Administrative Assistant AAS Degree.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3
CAS 133 Production Keyboarding 4
CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3