Administrative Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

Credits: 95-97  |   Length of Program: 4-6 quarters

Subject: Office Technology and Administration


Office Technology and Administration - Administrative Assistant - Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administrative Assistant is designed for persons interested in working in an office or administrative support position in the private or public sector.  The program equips the student with a variety of skills used in large or small businesses through the study of keyboarding, formatting, communications, human relations, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and other related courses. 

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Career Opportunities

Graduates may work with state, county, or other municipal agencies as well as private industry.  Typical duties may include formatting documents, composing business correspondence, filing, and performing receptionist functions.  With experience, graduates of the Office Technology & Administration program may advance to leadership positions within their organizations.  Technical skills and the ability to adapt to new situations will be important to career advancement. See Business » Office Technology and Administration for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Office Technology and  Administration Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking, professional practices, and efficient techniques to complete job tasks
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with clients, supervisor, and coworkers
  • Evaluate a workplace problem and apply appropriate strategies and valid reasoning to process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Identify and adjust to workplace differences in order to operate collaboratively and effectively
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas in the workplace and evaluate the consequences
  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain proficiency with evolving technologies
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General Education Requirements

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
BUS104 Business Math 5 Credits Search Schedule
Emphasis on solving practical problems in business, including percentages, payroll, simple and compound interest, annuities, discounts, markups, using a calculator. Prerequisite: MATH 094 or higher with a grade of "C" or better and eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AAS, AAS-COMPUTATION

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Effective Catalog Year 2018-2019

Entry Requirements

Special Program Note: Students should take enough keyboarding classes (OFTEC 111, 112, and 113) to achieve a minimum typing speed for their program – 40 words per minute. tudents who can keyboard by touch  may be eligible to bypass these classes and still receive credit  through the college’s advanced standing process.  See a faculty advisor to discuss this option.

Length of Program

The Office Technology and Administration – Administrative Assistant Program takes a minimum of six quarters of full-time studies for the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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Additional Information

An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education requirements must be completed.  In addition, the courses from the chosen specialty area must be completed.  Basic skills deficiencies must be completed prior to graduation.

Additional Program Information

Revision Date: 
March 20, 2018