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Administrative Support Certificate - Office Applications

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Overview

Summary

Administrative support certificates provide students with technical skills in just two or three semesters. Skills include time management, human/customer relations, telephone techniques, administrative management, information management, oral and written communications, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation, document layout, and Internet research. Bookkeeping skills are included for those choosing the bookkeeping track of the administrative support certificate, and specialized legal and medical office skills are included for those choosing these specializations.

A wide variety of job opportunities are available to program graduates in many types of offices. Jobs include office assistant, bilingual office receptionist, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, medical office receptionist, medical secretary, medical administrative assistant, legal office receptionist, legal office assistant, and legal office administrative assistant. After a few years in the field, graduates can become an executive assistant, office manager, or office coordinator. Skilled administrative professionals are expected to be in demand in several industries, including education, manufacturing, construction, financial services, employment services, health care and social assistance, legal services, local government, and energy production.

Graduation Requirement

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities, and the degree will transfer in whole to some universities. Through articulation, some students may have earned college credit while in high school. Contact a counselor, division advisor, or faculty member at any college for specific information about articulation and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses

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Contact

Please contact the Administrative Services Department at your campus for more information.

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFT 1325 Business Math Using Technology 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
ITSW 1301 Introduction to Word Processing 3
ITSW 1304 Introduction to Spreadsheets 3
ITSW 1307 Introduction to Databases 3
ITSC 2331 Integrated Software Applications III 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
ITSW 1310 Introduction to Presentation Software 3
POFT 2331 Administrative Project Solutions 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3
ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
Elective Any 3 credit hour business course1 3
POFT 2380-or-POFT 2386 Cooperative Education - Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science General2-or-Internship - Administrative Assistant2 3
AAdministrative Support Certificate - Office Applications Program Total 42 Credits

Footnotes

  1. Any 3 hour course for which the pre-requisites have been met.
  2. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median wage: $29,0661

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Administrative Clerk2
  • Administrative Assistant2
  • Office Assistant2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $792 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.