Administrative Professional

Administrative Professional

Associates of Applied Science

About the Administrative Professional Program

Gain valuable administrative training in the classroom to become proficient in the workplace and keep up-to-date by learning the latest business and office technology. The second year of the associate’s degree allows more flexibility of scheduling so you can complete your education while employed. You’ll develop a reference manual of key processes and a professional portfolio for potential employers.

Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1010210600 Business Orientation
Description

Introduces students to the topics of business and allows them to experience the expectations and rigor of the program. Students also participate in self-assessments to provide feedback and self-awareness of the relationship between interest and aptitude for the program.

1.00
1010311900 Desktop Publishing
Description

Covers design and production of professional quality documents that combine text, graphics, and illustrations.

2.00
1010611200 Customer Service for Business
Description

This course is intended to teach learners to identify internal/external customers, develop verbal, nonverbal, and listening communication skills, develop problem-solving techniques, and ways of adding value to a customer interaction. Students will develop the ability to lead and expand the customer service process, learn techniques for dealing with unhappy customers, and build skills for analyzing and prioritizing customer needs. Students will learn to use the telephone effectively and efficiently in the world of work, telephone etiquette, messaging, and voice mail.

1.00
1010611300 Electronic Communications
Description

Learners will identify the importance of using electronic communication tools to help organize and manage communications, contacts, schedules, calendars, tasks, and perform basic customizations of the electronic communication software. Ethical and appropriate use electronic communication is included. Software such as MS Outlook may be explored. Students will apply these techniques with hands on activities.

1.00
1010611400 Records Management
Description

This course explores the comprehensive field of records management by applying basic principles and procedures for storing and retrieving information and maintaining an efficient manual and/or computerized filing system using the simplified filing rules developed by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, Inc. (ARMA). The following methods of storing records are studied: alphabetic, subject, numeric, and geographic. Basic terminology of records management is taught throughout the course. Records retention, disaster planning, control measurements, information security, and disposition are discussed.

1.00
1010611600 Document Processing
Description

Enhances keyboarding skills and develops basic document formatting techniques.

3.00
1010613000 Integrated Computer Applications Beg
Description

Uses word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to create and integrate basic application documents for professional and personal use.

4.00
1080119500 Written Communication
Description

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1010612600 Editing Business Applications
Description

Covers proofreading and editing of business documents. Transcription and composition will be used to process business documents.

3.00
1010613100 Integrated Computer Applications Intermediate
Description

Integrates software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentations) to enhance and customize documents. The course includes creation of basic interactive components. Prerequisite(s): 1010613000 Integrated Computer Applications Beg (C or better).

4.00
1010617000 Administrative Procedures
Description

Develops professional skills and attitudes for today's global business environment. Develops office skills in telecommunications, mail processing, travel arrangements and conferences, public relations, and ergonomics. Prerequisite(s): 1010611600 Document Processing (C or better) and 1010613000 Integrated Computer Applications Beg (C or better).

3.00
1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Description

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

3.00
1089010300 Professional Career Management
Description

Students develop an individualized, results-oriented job search strategy and research less well-known employment sources to access the "hidden job market." Emphasis is on creating personalized career search documents that get noticed, interviewing effectively in a variety of situations, and projecting a professional image-during both the job search and the first days and weeks on the new job.

1.00
Semester: 3
Course # Course Title Credits
1010311800 MS Word Advanced
Description

Develops skills using advanced features of MS Word that include creating a table of contents, an online form, and working with macros. Prerequisite(s): 1010311700 MS Word Intermediate (C or better) or 1010613100 Integrated Computer Applications Int (C or better).

1.00
1010612700 Meeting and Event Planning
Description

This course focuses on preparing the learner to effectively plan a successful meeting or event. Topics include project management and coordination techniques, conducting the planning activities, managing the finances, facilitating on-site needs, arranging travel and transportation needs, preparing agendas and minutes, and conducting follow-up activities while communicating effectively with all stakeholders.

3.00
1010716200 Microcomputer Support
Description

Provides the technical skills necessary to install and configure computer hardware components. The students will also learn to troubleshoot basic computer hardware problems and correct them. The students learn to use manuals and software for troubleshooting and upgrading hardware, and the internet for software driver upgrades and technical support. Students learn to install and upgrade operating systems and various application software.

2.00
1080119700 Technical Reporting
Description

Teaches preparation and presentation of written, oral, and multi-media technical reports. Prerequisite(s): 1080119500 Written Communication (C or better) or 2080121900 English Composition I (C or better).

3.00
1080412300 Math with Business Applications
Description

Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percent, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying/selling processes, and basic statistics with business and consumer applications. Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or ACT Math score >= 18

3.00
1080919500 Economics
Description

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic system, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

3.00
Semester: 4
Course # Course Title Credits
1010110100 Office Accounting
Description

Students learn to apply debit/credit theory in preparing basic journal entries. Also includes financial statement ratios, bank reconciliations, payroll, and various month end procedures. Both manual and computerized applications are emphasized.

2.00
1010613300 Business Office Technologies
Description

This course will introduce students to current and emerging technologies and applications used by office professionals. Students will research current and emerging technologies such as smart phones, scanners, fax, copy machines, social networking tools, conferencing tools, Cloud-based applications, collaboration tools, survey tools, PDF document options, and technology security.

2.00
1010619000 Administrative Assistant Internship
Description

Applies previously learned administrative assistant skills in a real work setting. This is a culminating course for the Administrative Assistant program. Prerequisite(s): 1010617000 Administrative Procedures (C or better).

3.00
1080919700 Contemporary American Society
Description

Explores the American social and political institutions affecting the individual as a citizen, worker, and participant in various social groups. Topics studied will be flexible and responsive to contemporary issues.

3.00
1080919900 Psychology of Human Relations
Description

Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes.

3.00
Elective Elective
Description
3.00

At A Glance

Flexible Options

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On Campus

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Online Classes

Approximate Cost

$7,783*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Demonstrate effective workplace communications.
  • Apply technology skills to business and administrative tasks.
  • Perform routine administrative procedures.
  • Manage administrative projects.
  • Maintain internal and external relationships
  • Model professionalism in the workplace.

Your Potential Careers

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Desktop Publishing Specialist
  • Software Trainer
  • Office Manager/Coordinator
  • Human Resources or Marketing Assistant
  • Project Coordinator
  • Help Desk Support

Median Annual Salary

$31,762 $34,445 $33,862
Local State National

EMSI 2018.3

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