Administrative Specialist

 

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Specialist program offers Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma and certificate options. The central objective of the program is to assist students in developing and preparing for an office job. Courses are designed to develop

  • Basic office skills
  • Keyboarding and computer operation skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Basic accounting
  • Good work attitudes and habits
  • Professional behavior patterns 

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Specialist program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program that prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment. Students will gain competence in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is developed while grammar, punctuation and writing skills are polished. Students study bookkeeping theory and learn general ledger software in order to prepare them for general bookkeeping or accounts receivable or accounts payable positions. Students are well prepared to fulfill any office support position and may advance to office management.

Course Prerequisites

See Credits:
[A] The prerequisite to ADSC1010 Keyboarding I is ADSC1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding.

[B] The prerequisite to ADSC1021 Keyboarding II is ADSC1010 Keyboarding I.

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completing basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Exhibit effective interpersonal skills and professional attitudes by demonstrating the ability to communicate with authority figures and peers; follow work rules and expectations appropriately; maintain confidentiality; and recognize an appropriate business appearance.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct mechanics, grammar, format, and message approach (direct, indirect).
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems by demonstrating the ability to define problems, find relevant information, synthesize and evaluate information, and implement decisions.
  4. Exhibit technical competency in keyboarding by demonstrating keyboarding skill proficiency of 45 wpm on a five-minute timing for degrees and diplomas and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  5. Demonstrate technical competency by utilizing a wide range of software applications necessary for business office operations; demonstrates initiative in learning to use new technology, and applies new technology accurately in office settings.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.
  7. Demonstrate ability to set priorities, organize work, and sequence tasks appropriately, and consistently complete projects on a schedule.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform mathematical calculations necessary in business applications including accounting, by working with percentages; decimals and fractions; understanding accounting principles as they are applied to business office bookkeeping; and using formulas for creating spreadsheets and databases.
  9. Develop and evaluate customer service skills by ascertaining the characteristics of a customer service organization and using customer service skills in servicing customers professionally.

           

Program Sequence


 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1003   Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding  2
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills
3
 ADCS 1054  Office Bookkeeping
4
 ADSC 1197
 Microsoft Word
4
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC 1010
 Keyboarding I [A]
3
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access
2
 ADSC 1206  Written Business Communications
4
 ADSC 1451  Technology Tools for the Workplace
3
 SMGT  Any two (2) credit course
2
 TOTAL
14
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1021
 Keyboarding II [B]
3
 ADSC 1045  Administrative Office Procedures
4
 ADSC 1162  Microsoft PowerPoint
2
 ADSC 1171
 Microsoft Excel
2
 General Education/MnTC  See list below. 
4
TOTAL
15
 
Spring Semester
 ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Applications
4
 SMGT 2602
 Project Management
3
General Education/MnTC
 See list below. 
8
 TOTAL
15
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
 15
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
 Choose 12 credits MnTC from three different goal areas
 12

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Admissions Requirements

Program Admission Requirements: Students are required to have an Accuplacer reading score of 78 or higher or appropriate test score for admittance to the program. If students do not achieve 78 or higher, they may take ATC READ0960 or ATC READ0900 achieving a C or higher for admittance to the program.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Administrative assistants perform a full range of office tasks. They use a variety of software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, desktop publishing, multi-media, etc.) to creates, record, edit, and store correspondence, reports, tables, and forms from many sources.

They may also read and route incoming mail, file and retrieve correspondence and other records manually or electronically, transcribe business correspondence from machine dictation, answer telephones and give information to callers or route calls to the appropriate individual, operate copying and faxing equipment, perform bookkeeping duties, transactions, and make travel arrangements.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018

Deb Catlett
763-576-4025

For service during summer hours, contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710


 

 

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Specialist diploma is a 45-credit program that prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment. Students will gain competence in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is developed while grammar, punctuation and writing skills are polished. Students study bookkeeping theory and learn general ledger software in order to prepare them for general bookkeeping or accounts receivable or accounts payable positions. Students are well prepared to fulfill any office support position and may advance to office management

Course Prerequisites

See Credits:
[A] The prerequisite to ADSC1010 Keyboarding I is ADSC1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding.

[B] The prerequisite to ADSC1021 Keyboarding II is ADSC1010 Keyboarding I.

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completing basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

 

 

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Exhibit effective interpersonal skills and professional attitudes by demonstrating the ability to communicate with authority figures and peers; follow work rules and expectations appropriately; maintain confidentiality; and recognize an appropriate business appearance.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct mechanics, grammar, format, and message approach (direct, indirect).
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems by demonstrating the ability to define problems, find relevant information, synthesize and evaluate information, and implement decisions.
  4. Exhibit technical competency in keyboarding by demonstrating keyboarding skill proficiency of 45 wpm on a five-minute timing for degrees and diplomas and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  5. Demonstrate technical competency by utilizing a wide range of software applications necessary for business office operations; demonstrates initiative in learning to use new technology, and applies new technology accurately in office settings.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.
  7. Demonstrate ability to set priorities, organize work, and sequence tasks appropriately, and consistently complete projects on a schedule.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform mathematical calculations necessary in business applications including accounting, by working with percentages; decimals and fractions; understanding accounting principles as they are applied to business office bookkeeping; and using formulas for creating spreadsheets and databases.
  9. Develop and evaluate customer service skills by ascertaining the characteristics of a customer service organization and using customer service skills in servicing customers professionally.

Program Sequence

FIRST YEAR
First Semester
ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
2
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills 3
ADSC 1054
Office Bookkeeping
4
ADSC 1197 Microsoft Word
4
INTS 1000
Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
TOTAL
16
Second Semester
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I [A]
3
ACCT 1142 Integrated Software Applications
2
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access
2
ADSC 1206
Written Business Communications
4
ADSC 1451
Technology Tools for the Workplace
3
TOTAL   16
 SECOND YEAR
Third Semester   
 
ADSC 1021
Keyboarding II [B]
3
ADSC 1045 Administrative Office Procedures
4
ADSC 1162 Microsoft PowerPoint
2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel
2
SMGT
Choose a course in Supervisory Management of at least 2 credits
2
 TOTAL   13

Admissions Requirements

Students are required to have an Accuplacer reading score of 78 or higher or appropriate test score for admittance to the program. If students do not achieve 78 or higher, they may take ATC READ0960 or ATC READ0900 achieving a C or higher for admittance to the program.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Administrative assistants perform a full range of office tasks. They use a variety of software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, desktop publishing, multi-media, etc.) to creates, record, edit, and store correspondence, reports, tables, and forms from many sources.

They may also read and route incoming mail, file and retrieve correspondence and other records manually or electronically, transcribe business correspondence from machine dictation, answer telephones and give information to callers or route calls to the appropriate individual, operate copying and faxing equipment, perform bookkeeping duties, transactions, and make travel arrangements.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018

Deb Catlett
763-576-4025

For service during summer hours, contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

 

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Specialist  certificate is a 27-credit  program that prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment. Students gain competence in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is developed while grammar, punctuation and writing skills are polished. Students study bookkeeping theory and learn general ledger software in order to prepare them for general bookkeeping or accounts receivable or accounts payable positions.

 

Course Prerequisites

None.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Exhibit effective interpersonal skills and professional attitudes by demonstrating the ability to communicate with authority figures and peers; follow work rules and expectations appropriately; maintain confidentiality; and recognize an appropriate business appearance.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct mechanics, grammar, format, and message approach (direct, indirect).
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking skills to analyze and solve business problems by demonstrating the ability to define problems, find relevant information, synthesize and evaluate information, and implement decisions.
  4. Exhibit technical competency in keyboarding by demonstrating keyboarding skill proficiency of 45 wpm on a five-minute timing for degrees and diplomas and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  5. Demonstrate technical competency by utilizing a wide range of software applications necessary for business office operations; demonstrates initiative in learning to use new technology, and applies new technology accurately in office settings.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.
  7. Demonstrate ability to set priorities, organize work, and sequence tasks appropriately, and consistently complete projects on a schedule.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform mathematical calculations necessary in business applications including accounting, by working with percentages; decimals and fractions; understanding accounting principles as they are applied to business office bookkeeping; and using formulas for creating spreadsheets and databases.
  9. Develop and evaluate customer service skills by ascertaining the characteristics of a customer service organization and using customer service skills in servicing customers professionally.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills
2
 ADSC 1054
 Office Bookkeeping
4
 ADSC 1162
 Microsoft PowerPoint
 2
 ADSC 1197
 Microsoft Word
4
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College
 3
 TOTAL   15
   
 Spring Semester   
 
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
 2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
 2
 ADSC 1206  Written Business Communications
 4
 ADSC 1451
 Technology Tools for the Workplace
 3
 TOTAL  
 11

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

Administrative assistants perform a full range of office tasks. They use a variety of software packages (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, desktop publishing, multi-media, etc.) to create, record, edit, and store correspondence, reports, tables and forms from many sources.

They may also read and route incoming mail, file and retrieve correspondence and other records manually or electronically, transcribe business correspondence from machine dictation, answer telephones and give information to callers or route calls to the appropriate individual, operate copying/faxing and postage-metering equipment, perform accounting transactions and make travel arrangements. In some offices, administrative support specialists may be responsible for one or two of these areas. In a small office, they may be responsible for all of them.  

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Disclosure Report

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018

Deb Catlett
763-576-4025

For service during summer hours, contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710