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Administrative Specialist

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administrative Specialist program, a two-year career program, is designed for students seeking to gain skills and knowledge in the administrative assistant and executive secretarial fields. The program includes a work experience course related to student's specialization area. Students may choose from the following specialized areas: Accounting, Medical Office, Web Development/Social Media, or Project and Event Planning.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses.

This program will be replaced by: AAS/3680 Administrative Professional

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications3
CIS102Interpersonal and Customer Service Skills for IT Professionals1
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
CIS118DBDesktop Presentation: Powerpoint3
CIS121AEWindows Operating System: Level I1
CIS113DEMicrosoft Word: Word Processing3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS233Business Communication3
OAS101Computer Typing I: Keyboarding and Formatting3
OAS102Computer Typing II: Document production3
OAS107Professional Telephone Techniques1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must choose one of the following specialization areas and successfully complete all courses listed in that area.
Accounting Specialization: 9 credits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
ACC112Accounting Principles II3
ACC115Computerized Accounting2
Any ACC, CIS, SBS or BPC course not listed under Required Courses1
Medical Office Specialization: 9 credits
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals3
HCC130Fundamentals of Health Care Delivery3
HTM150Introduction to Healthcare IT and Systems3
Web Development/Social Media Specialization: 9 credits
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking3
MKT263Advertising Principals3
Project and Event Planning Specialization: 9 credits
CIS224Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows3
MGT109Development of Professional Skills and Standards3
HRM145Events Management3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 21-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education course in the First-Year Composition area.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment.0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 9-10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 2-3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Science area. PSY101 is recommended.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Use basic commands and functions of Windows software to control, operate and manage files. (CIS121AE)
  • Use spreadsheet skills for calculating, forecasting and solving projection problems. (CIS114DE)
  • Analyze common database management problems. (CIS117DM)
  • Identify and apply the techniques of effective oral and written communications (essentials of good grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, and correct English) in a business setting. (GBS233)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the keyboard, including the formatting of memos, letters, tables, reports and manuscripts. (OAS101)
  • Load word processing software into business/personal microcomputers to create and name files; enter and edit text; and format and print text. (CIS113DE)
  • Use PowerPoint software to produce professional-quality presentation visuals. (CIS118DB)
  • Analyze and apply word processing program features to create, edit, manipulate, format, print, and store common business documents. (BPC110)
  • Properly format memos, letters, tables, reports and manuscripts, while improving in speed and accuracy. (OAS102)
  • Use professional telephone technique. (OAS107)
  • Identify the function of management; analyze the aspect of human relations in business; identify the major labor organizations and summarize the historical development and current trends of labor organizations. (GBS151)
  • Discuss the role of the information technology professional and how to establish professional relationships. (CIS102)

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