Administrative Assisting (AAS)

Program Description

This degree is offered only at the Quad Cities Campus.

Administrative Assisting students acquire proficiency in working with current MS Windows software applications, computerized keyboarding, business correspondence, desktop publishing, records management, data entry, business math and accounting, time and project management, electronic office procedures, editing and proofreading, and office management.

Because these graduates develop strong organizational skills and human relations skills, work opportunities exist for these professional specialists in a variety of offices: education, insurance, manufacturing, banks, government, engineering, and medical. Students are given the opportunity to develop team building and collaborative work techniques through many group project assignments. Students completing this two-year degree complete a one-semester internship. This provides them with work experience in the community.

Students completing this two-year degree complete a one-semester internship. This provides them with work experience in the community. Students are also invited to network by participating in student and professional organizations. With these opportunities in place, graduates are successful in finding employment with this degree.

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

BA 160 Business Math I (3)
BE 100 Work Environment Orientation (2)
BE 106 Records Management (3)
BE 127 Microsoft Outlook (1)
BE 141 Keyboarding I (3)
BE 145 Microsoft Word (3)
BE 163 Microsoft PowerPoint (1)

Second Semester

BE 110 Data Entry Applications (2)
BE 112 Document Editing and Proofreading (3)
BE 122 Administrative Support Systems (3)
BE 146 Microsoft Excel (3)
BE 180 Business Communications (4)
BE 248 B Desktop Publishing II (1)

Third Semester

BA 110 Intro to Business (3)
BA170/171 Fundamentals of Accounting + Lab (4)
BE 142 Computerized Keyboarding II (Spring Only) (3)
BE 144 Concepts of Informa Processing (3)
Elective BE 264 Microsoft Access or
BL 201 Business Law I (3)

Fourth Semester

BE 243 Computerized Keyboarding III (3)
BE 247 Advanced Information Processing (3)
BE 261 Seminar (1)
BE 265 Internship (3)
SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communications or
SPEC 175 Intercultural Communications (3)
Elective BA 240 Principles of Management or
BL 202 Business Law II (3)

Students who plan to work in a legal office should complete BL 201 and BL 202.

Minimum total hours required for degree: 64