Mar 24, 2018  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Administrative Assistant

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Program Coordinator Lori Kuithe

The Office Technology Administrative Assistant program incorporates the necessary technical, people, communication, and workplace skills desired in today’s offices. You’ll work with the same type of equipment and software currently found in most high-tech offices and develop the techniques that help you build a successful career.

Office workers are addressed by different titles. An administrative assistant may also be called a secretary, office support person, or office professional. The Office Technology program is designed for students who wish to prepare for positions as professional office workers.

Nature of Work: Office professionals perform a variety of clerical duties and assume some administrative duties to keep an office running efficiently. Duties may include: keyboarding, formatting and composing documents; creating and maintaining spreadsheets, databases, and presentations; handling oral, written, and electronic communications; scheduling appointments; organizing and maintaining computer and paper files; screening and making telephone calls; welcoming visitors; making travel arrangements; planning meetings; and transcribing dictation; as well as maintaining a cooperative work environment.

Skills and Abilities: In addition to a solid background in office technology skills, employers look for a good command of the English language, good interpersonal skills and good organizational ability, and the ability to move often from one task to another. Students who enroll in the program should possess the manual dexterity and physical abilities to perform the necessary office duties.


OTEC 120 - Business Documents I  and CIS 135 - Computer Literacy  

Students wanting to take a proficiency test for OTEC 120  may do so by contacting the Office Technology Program Coordinator.

Students wanting to take a proficiency test for OTEC 135  may do so by contacting the Computer Information Systems Program Coordinator.


  • Qualify for READ 125  and ENGL 125  with appropriate L&C placement test scores.

Graduation Requirement:

To be eligible for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate of Proficiency, or Certificate of Completion in any Office Technology program, a student must:

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all Office Technology courses, defined as courses with an OTEC prefix, and
  2. Satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate of Proficiency, or Certificate of Completion as outlined in this catalog.

OTEC classes taken longer than five years prior to graduation must be retaken or a proficiency test passed to insure that the student has retained his/her knowledge from the class.

Administrative Assistant- OFFAS/ADMIN.AAS

Associate in Applied Science Degree

30 and Out A.A.S. Degree Program Option: Anyone who has already earned an associate or bachelor degree from an accredited college or university may earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administrative Assistant by completing 30 semester hours of approved courses. Students interested in this program option must contact the program coordinator to receive written approval detailing the specific courses required for this degree option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Total: 3 credit hours

Fourth Semester

Total: 13-15 Credit Hours

Fifth Semester

  • Approved Administrative Assistant Electives (see list) 6-8 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Science Elective (see specialties below for recommended course) 3 credit hours
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credit hours

Total: 12-14 Credit Hours

Approved Administrative Assistant Electives List

Accounting Assistant Specialty

Administrative Assistant Specialty

Customer Service Specialty

Digital Publishing Specialty

Help Desk Specialty

Human Resource Assistant Specialty

Legal Office Assistant Specialty

Marketing Assistant Specialty

Medical Office Assistant Specialty

Network Administrator Specialty

Small Business Office Assistant Specialty

Total credit hours required for the A.A.S. in Administrative Assistant: 60


Administrative Assistant- OFSPC/ADMIN.CP

Certificate of Proficiency

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Total: 16 Credit Hours

Total: 3 Credit Hours

Total hours required for Certificate of Proficiency in Administrative Assistant: 35


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