Jul 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Office Assistant, Certificate

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A one-year certificate is available for students who need a quick entry into the job market. The skills needed for entry-level positions in today’s fast-paced and automated business office are provided in this program. The office assistant is prepared to assemble facts and figures from office records and express them in statements, letters, and forms; file office records, operate calculators, photocopy machines, and the latest word processing equipment; and assist with general business duties such as responding to mail, making arrangements for business trips, and scheduling appointments.

Students can earn the associate degree by completing one year of full-time study beyond the Office Assistant Certificate.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities should be very good, especially for those who have obtained excellent communication skills. Although many of the tasks that secretaries perform have become automated, it will be those tasks which require personal contact and communication which will continue to play a key role in the office activities of most organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learners will be able to:

  1. Exhibit proficient keyboarding skills.
  2. Create documents using language arts skills such as proofreading, grammar, and punctuation.
  3. Develop and formulate documents using computer software skills.
  4. Develop time management and organizational skills.

First Semester

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 18

Total Program Credit Hours 32

* CIS 090 - Introduction to Computers  and OAS 090 - Keyboarding Basics  are prerequisites to CIS 104 , CIS 112 , CIS 113 , CIS 117 , CIS 118 , CIS 119 , and/or OAS 101 . A placement test is available for CIS 090  & OAS 090 . See the Admissions Office.

+ Students must attain a 2.00 grade point average in these technical courses to graduate.

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