Administrative Assistant

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as administrative secretaries or assistants. Administrative Assistants plan and schedule appointments and meetings, organize and maintain paper as well as electronic files, manage projects, and disseminate information using the telephone, mail services, web sites, or email. They may also coordinate travel arrangements and orient new staff. Administrative Assistants are aided in these tasks by a variety of office equipment, such as fax machines, photocopiers, scanners, videoconferencing and telephone systems. Various computer software programs enable Administrative Assistants to create spreadsheets, manage databases, prepare presentations, newsletters, and a variety of other documents.

In addition, Administrative Assistants may be given more challenging tasks such as composing letters, recording meeting minutes, performing research, generating reports, maintaining budgets and other accounting applications, and performing supervisory responsibilities.

This program requires strong verbal, listening, and writing skills, ability to keep confidential information, and skills to use a variety of software application programs.


Employment

In Minnesota and nationally, a large number of job openings exist for experienced secretaries. Demand for secretaries will be stimulated by the increasing use of information and the trend of secretaries to handle more administrative responsibilities such as budgeting, scheduling, and office management, which are not easily automated.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Administrative Assistant or Secretary in the state of Minnesota is $18.43 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 0.1%, a low-growth career.


Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ACCT 1100 Prin of Bookkeeping 3
ACCT 1124 Spreadsheet Concepts 3
ADMS 1100 Keyboarding I 3
ADMS 1102 Keyboarding II 3
ADMS 1110 Word Processing 3
ADMS 1114 Desktop Pub/Pres Graph 3
ADMS 1116 Business Communications 3
ADMS 1120 Office Procedures 3
ADMS 1128 Records/Database Mgmt 3
ADMS 2212 Integrated Elec Office 3
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
CPTR 1106 Microcomputer Databases 3
CPTR 1500 Intro Web Concepts 3
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
  G5: History/Social Elec 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3
  G1: Communication Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 2
TOTAL CREDITS: 60
 

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
ACCT 1108 Busn Math/Calculators 3
ADMS 2281 Internship (2-4cr) 4
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3
BUSN 2221 Prin of Accounting I 4
CDEV 2250 Sign Language I 1
HPER 1122 Yoga 1
HPER 1143 Self Defense for Women 1
HPER 1410 First Aid/CPR 1
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3
G1: Communications Electives
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1103 Interpersonal Communicati 3

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