This program prepares students for a career as an executive’s administrative assistant with marketable job skills that are highly valued by many businesses. Coursework will focus heavily on computer training and other office technologies. It is important that students pursuing a career in office administration are able to keep pace in a busy office environment and adapt to constantly changing technology including an awareness of the issues surrounding computer security in today's highly technological world. Excellent interpersonal skills are necessary. Upon completing the degree program, students have the opportunity to undertake a variety of tasks and responsibilities and work in a professional office environment. Prerequisite: CPLT1000 Computer Keyboarding or comparable course. Basic computer literacy, familiarity with the Internet, college-level reading ability, and proficiency in basic mathematics. All students must pass the Computer Literacy assessment test before registering for these courses.

Career Opportunities

Positions are available as executive administrative assistant and administrative assistant. Administrative assistants rank among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy. Salaries vary by skill, experience and level of responsibility. Employment may be found with banks, insurance companies, health care facilities, government agencies, educational institutions, retail industries and various service and manufacturing businesses. Information on careers, salary and employment outlook, is available on the iSeek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

Award Outcomes:

  • Record business transactions.
  • Compare decision making solutions.
  • Describe issues surrounding computer security.
  • Construct relational databases with an efficient design.
  • Produce variety of business documents.
  • Create dynamic presentations.
  • Perform basic operating system functions.
  • Create variety of publications.
  • Make decisions regarding project task management.
  • Demonstrate integration features of office suite.
  • Utilize office suite personal information manager.
  • Identify communication styles.
  • Compose business documents.
  • Utilize proofreading and editing skills.
  • Exhibit detail-oriented skills.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 42 Credits
General Education Requirements 12 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • Choose one of the following
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 2 (Critical Thinking)
    Goal 4 (Mathematical/Logical Reasoning) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences)
    Goal 9 (Ethics and Civic Responsibility) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 3 Credits
  • Any ACCT, BUSN -or- CCIS course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective. Recommended:
  • CCIS1000 Information Systems 3
  • CCIS1080 Microsoft Office 2016 3
  • CCIS1105 Network Essentials 4
  • CCIS1301 HTML & CSS 3
  • CCIS1515 Programming Overview 3
General Education Electives 3 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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