Administrative Office Specialist

  • Credits: 33
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Description

This program prepares students with a full range of office knowledge and skills to successfully support management in a professional office setting. Students will develop skills in communication, human relations, software applications, office management, bookkeeping, filing, records management, and document processing. Students have the opportunity to advance to the Administrative Professional AAS degree.


Employment opportunities will vary depending upon the individual's achievement. An individual may obtain administrative office support employment with these basic skills.

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 1116 Business Communications 3
ADMS 1121 Business Office Mgmt 3
ADMS 2250 Office Technologies 3
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3
  Area of Interest Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 3

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 1114 Desktop Pub/Pres Graph 3
ADMS 2281 Internship (2-4cr) 4
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3
CPTR 1106 Microcomputer Databases 3
CPTR 1131 Microcomputer Maintenance 4
CPTR 1500 Intro Web Concepts 3
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3

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