Administrative Assistant

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

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.


Program Overview

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.


Career Opportunities

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.

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Program Course Listings

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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
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
  G5: History/Social Elec 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 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 1104 Payroll 3
ACCT 1108 Busn Math/Calculators 3
ACCT 1128 Computerized Acct I 3
ADMS 2281 Internship (2-4cr) 4
BUSN 2221 Prin of Accounting I 4
HPER 1410 First Aid/CPR 1

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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.


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.

Program Accreditation

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

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Program Faculty

  • Linda Simmons
  • Administrative Support Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2626
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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