• Program: Information Technology/Computer Careers
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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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: 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 45 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 3 (Natural Sciences)
    Goal 4 (Mathematical/Logical Reasoning)
    Goal 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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