Administrative Assistant 

Certificate of Completion: 48 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Administrative Assistant 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.

Course of Study

The program emphasis is on use of computers, document preparation and editing, filing, and use of the Internet. The Administrative Assistant certificate is wholly contained within the Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree, and, as such, all course work may be applied to completion of the AAS degree.

Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Perform basic entry-level office work.
  2. Effectively use written, oral, and visual communications skills.
  3. Use current and emerging technologies to solve workplace problems through presentation, research, analysis, and synthesis.
  4. Demonstrate professional and friendly behavior in the workplace.
  5. Apply basic mathematical equations to relevant office tasks.


  • Placement in to MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) or MTH 98 Quantitative Math (4 credits) or equivalent placement
  • WR 115 Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement
  • CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding (3 credits) or instructor permission

Administrative Assistant Certificate Electives

  • Any CAS/OS/WT course in addition to the required CAS/OS courses from the Administrative Assistant certificate

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4 credits
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting & Finance 3 credits
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheets using Excel 3 credits
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1 credit
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition 1 4 credits
Total 15 credits

Courses Credits
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4 credits
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3 credits
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3 credits
OS 220 Business Editing 4 credit
Administrative Assistant Certificate Electives 4 credits
Total 18 credits

Courses Credits
BA 205 Business Communication 4 credits
CAS 123 Production Keyboarding 3 credits
OS 240 Records and Information Management 4 credits
OS 245 Records and Information Management 4 credit
Total 15 credits

Credit Summary  
Requirements Credits
Computer Application Systems (CAS) 9
Office Systems (OS) 13
Business Administration (BA) 18
Administrative Assistant Certificate Electives 4
Writing (WR) 4