Administrative Assistant

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

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, 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.


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.

Potential Job Titles

Program Courses

View semester schedule by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
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
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 2 credits

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 credits
ACCT 1108 Busn Math/Calculators 3 credits
ACCT 1128 Computerized Acct I 3 credits
ADMS 2281 Internship (2-4cr) 4 credits
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3 credits
BUSN 2221 Prin of Accounting I 4 credits
CDEV 2250 Sign Language I 1 credits
CPTR 1131 Microcomputer Maintenance 4 credits
HPER 1122 Yoga 1 credits
HPER 1143 Self Defense for Women 1 credits
HPER 1410 First Aid/CPR 1 credits
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3 credits

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