Accessibility:

Home»Academic Programs»Career & Technical Programs»Administrative Assistant Program

Administrative Assistant

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.

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, newletters, 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.


Request Program Information »


College Viewbook

Why Choose Northland?

Northland offers a multitude of opportunities, whether you're beginning your degree or returning to college. We're affordable, convenient, and flexible. Take your life North at Northland.

View College Viewbook »

Need Direction?

GPS LifePlan

Feel like you need a little more direction? Our GPS LifePlan website helps students set goals and design plans that will lead them to the success they desire. Consult our GPS LifePlan website for information for your career, work, and educational planning!

GPS LifePlan »

Apply Now

Are you ready to begin the Administrative Assistant A.A.S. at Northland? Take your first step toward becoming a student at Northland.

Apply Today »

Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Northland Accreditation »

Program Specific Requirements

All required technical and elective courses must be completed with a grade of C or better as well as maintain a 2.0 GPA overall to graduate.

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Students must score 60 or higher on the Elementary Algebra part of the Accuplacer math test or take MATH 0090 Introductory Algebra.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

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

Program Specific Elective Course Options

Help

Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
ACCT 1104Payroll 3 credits
ACCT 1108Busn Math/Calculators 3 credits
ACCT 1128Computerized Acct I 3 credits
ADMS 2281Internship (2-4cr) 4 credits
BUSN 2221Prin of Accounting I 4 credits
HPER 1410First Aid/CPR 1 credits

Register for Classes »

Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, etiquette, dress, attitude, and manners appropriate for Administrative Assistants.
2. Student will utilize appropriate computer software efficiently and accurately to perform office tasks required in a business setting.
3. Student will use proper keyboarding and machine transcription techniques efficiently and accurately.
4. Student will demonstrate ergonomic principles and safe practices when using computer technology.
5. Student will apply standard organizational skills to the management of projects, daily schedules, work priorities, and multiple tasks.
6. Student will demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills independently or within team situations.
7. Student will apply the principles of Standard English and vocabulary to written and oral communications.
8. Student will demonstrate interpersonal skills through effective listening, written and oral communications in diverse situations.
9. Student will create and use standard electronic and manual filing systems.
10. Student will record and analyze business transactions and financial documents related to the accounting cycle.
11. Student will solve technical problems regularly faced by Administrative Assistants using appropriate mathematical and/or scientific techniques.
12. Student will demonstrate professional customer service.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

Northland Career Center

Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

Career Center »

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.

The employment outlook for administrative assistants and secretaries in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 3.4%, a low career growth.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Linda Simmons
  • Administrative Support Instructor
  • (218) 793-2626