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Administrative Assistant
Associate in Technical Arts


These degree programs prepare students with a broad business background, as well as provide specialized training in office skills. While students are accepted into the program each quarter, those who start in September find it easier to schedule their courses in the suggested sequences. Prerequisites include: demonstrated proficiency in math, reading, English, and basic keyboarding skills. After completing the selected program, students will be prepared to compete for entry-level employment as office assistants, receptionists, and transcriptionists in general offices, legal offices, or medical offices.

These Business Office Technology degrees are based upon a first year of core course offerings. The Office Assistant, Legal Office Assistant, and Medical Office Assistant programs begin with a core group of courses. Since many of these courses are offered only one or two quarters during the year, it is essential that students accurately plan each year of study with the help of their advisor. During the second year, students will specialize in their selected field.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to keyboard with speed and accuracy
  2. File correctly using alphabetic, numeric, geographic, and subject filing systems
  3. Apply rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling in written and oral communications
  4. Prepare documents using advanced features in word processing software
  5. Format basic business letters, memos, reports, tables, press releases, itineraries, and newsletters to office standards
  6. Solve basic math problems
  7. Operate a 10-key electronic calculator by touch
  8. Analyze and calculate data using spreadsheet software
  9. Demonstrate the ability to relate effectively with others in the classroom
  10. Demonstrate human relations skills and professional behavior necessary for successful job performance
  11. Analyze and organize business transactions applying bookkeeping theory and systems
  12. Demonstrate the ability to apply acquired skills in the workplace
  13. Compose business letters, memos, resumes, and letters of application
  14. Enter and organize data using database software
  15. Enter accounting transactions and generate reports using QuickBooks
  16. Analyze data and report information using database software
  17. Possess a basic understanding of receiving office visitors, using the telephone, scheduling appointments, customer service, and confidentiality skills in an office
  18. Develop effective presentations using presentation software
  19. Develop effective communication skills using electronic software
Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

H R 110 Human Relations - Workplace 5
BTEC 102 Skillbuilding I 3
BTEC 110 Business English 5
BTEC 220 Ten-Key 1
BTEC 233 Filing 3
  Total Credits 17

Winter Quarter, First Year

BUS& 201 Business Law 5
BTEC 210 Word I 5
BTEC 221 Business Communications 5
HLTH 145 Safety & Fitness 3
  Total Credits 18

Spring Quarter, First Year

BTEC 120 Applied Business Math 5
BTEC 219 Word II 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
SPEE 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
  Total Credits 17

Fall Quarter, Second Year

ACCT 110 Practical Accounting I 3
BTEC 191 Co-op Work Experience Seminar 1
BTEC 214 Excel I 5
CNT 117 Windows Workstation 2
BUS& 101 Intro to Business 5
  Total Credits 16

Winter Quarter, Second Year

ACCT 120 Practical Accounting II 3
BTEC 190 Co-op Work Experience 5
BTEC 205 Outlook 1
BTEC 212 Access I 3
  Total Credits 12

Spring Quarter, Second Year

ACCT 130 Basic Computer Accounting 3
BTEC 222 Powerpoint Module


BTEC 218 Desktop Publishing 4
BTEC 224 Office Procedures 5
  Total Credits 13

Updated 2014