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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
ACCT1012 Principles of Bookkeeping 3
ADMS1112 Desktop Publishing 3
ADMS1116 Business Communications I 3
ADMS1120 Office Procedures 3
ADMS1128 Records/Database Management 3
ADMS1130 Office Software Applications 3
ADMS1200 Keyboarding I/Keyboarding II 4
ADMS1300 Word Processing/Advanced Word Processing 4
ADMS2124 Computer Technology Information 3
ADMS2212 Integrated Office Software Applications 3
ADMS2216 Business Communications II 3
MNTC Courses
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking
Goal: 1 *
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *

MNTC Electives ...


Elective Credits ...


Total Credits: 60

* To complete an AAS degree, courses must be taken from at least 3 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.


About this program

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Administrative Assistant prepares the student for employment in a business office setting. Administrative assistant personnel are needed in virtually every type of business and are essential in helping offices run effectively and efficiently. The graduate will have achieved a broad base of both specialized skills and general education knowledge, which will contribute to growth in an office environment. The general education courses will also benefit students who may wish to transfer to another program or institution to advance their education. Throughout this program, students will develop the office skills, knowledge and attitudes required by today's employers. Students will develop higher-level skills of strong verbal, listening and writing skills; interpersonal skills and the ability to keep confidences; technology skills using and integrating a variety of software applications; developing organizational, time management, team building, customer service and soft skills; and developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills to create a positive office environment.

Program outcomes

1. Apply organizational skills.
2. Demonstrate accurate and proficient computer skills using a variety of computer applications.
3. Apply the principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, proofreading, editing, and formatting to business documents.
4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills through effective communications.
5. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving to course projects.
6. Expose students to diversity.

Employment information

Graduates of this major may find employment in a wide variety of business, educational, and governmental offices - possibly in management positions or with supervisory responsibilities. The shortage of experienced office employees and the increase in demand anticipated by the U.S. Department of Labor make this an excellent career choice.

Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.