Administrative Specialist

 

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Specialist program offers 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 associate in applied science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program that takes four semesters to complete.

See Industry Information.

 

Prequisites

See Credits:

(a) The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 (Basic Computer Keyboarding) or equivalent.
(b) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1010 (Keyboarding I) or equivalent.
(c) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1196 (MS Word) or equivalent.
(d) The prerequisite to this course is COMP1000 (Intro to Computers) or equivalent.
(e) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1031 (Business English).
(f) The prerequisite to this course is passing grade on the assessment testing for applicable content.
(g) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1040 (Medical Terminology).
(h) A documented keyboarding skill of 50 WPM will be required to successfully pass this course.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS 
 60
 Technical Education Requirements
43
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I (a)
3
 ADSC 1020  Keyboarding II (b)
3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills (f)
3
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures (b & d & h)
4
 ADSC 1053  Office Bookkeeping (f)
3
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: Quickbooks
2
 ADSC 1141  Integrated Software Applications (c & d)
3
 ADSC 1161  Microsoft PowerPoint (d)
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel (d)
2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access (d)
2
 ADSC 1196  Microsoft Word (b & d)
4
 ADSC 1201  Desktop Publishing/Publisher (b or c)
2
 ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications (e)
3
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills (c)
1
 ADSC 1341  Electronic Career Search
1
 ADSC 1450  Technology Tools for the Workplace
2
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers (a)
3
 
 Technical Electives
2

Supervisory Management: Choose any two (2) credit class.

 General Education/MnTC Requirements
15
Fifteen general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required.

ENGL: Choose one transferrable course
SPCH: Choose one transferrable course

Choose one transferrable course from ONE of these categories:
SOSC
OR
PSCH

Any remaining credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 **ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I (a)
3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills (f)
3
 ADCS 1053  Office Bookkeeping (f)
 3
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers (a)
3
 *SPCH Select one Speech MnTC Course
3
   
 TOTAL
15
 
 Spring Semester
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: Quickbooks
2
 ADSC 1020  Keyboarding II (b)
3
 ADSC 1061  Microsoft PowerPoint (d)
  2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel (d)
2
 ADSC 1196  Microsoft Word (b & d)
4
 ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications (e)
3
   
 TOTAL
16
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures (b, d, and h)
4
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access (d)
2
 ADSC 1201  Desktop Publishing/Publisher (b or c)
 2
 ENGL  Select one MnTC English Course
4
 PSYC or SOCS  Select one MnTC Psychology or Sociology Course
 4
   
TOTAL
16
 
Spring Semester
 ADSC 1141  Integrated Software Applications (c & d)
3
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills (c)
1
 ADSC 1341  Electronic Career Search
1
 ADSC 1450 Technology Tools for the Workplace
2
 General Education/MnTC Elective
 Any transferrable Genneral Education course
4
 Supervisory Management
 Any two (2) credit course
 2
     
 TOTAL
13

*Any transferable course with this course prefix. Once English, Speech, Psychology and Sociology requirements are fulfilled, the remaining general education requirements are the student’s choice.

**Register for COMP0100 if you do not pass 25 WPM keyboarding placement test.

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

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

 

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

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 assistants 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

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4700

Deb Catlett
763-576-4700


 

 

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Specialist diploma is a 45-credit program that takes three semester to complete.

See Industry Information.

PDF  Program Guide 

Legal Administrative Assistant: Prequisites

See Credits

(a) The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 (Basic Computer Keyboarding).
(b) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1010 (Keyboarding I) or equivalent.
(c) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1196 (MS Word) or equivalent.
(d) The prerequisite to this course is COMP1000 (Intro to Computers) or equivalent.
(e) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC 1031 (Business English)
(f) The prerequisite to this course is passing grade on the assessment testing for applicable content.
(i) A documented keyboarding skill of 50 WPM will be required to successfully pass this course. 

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS 
45
 a-i: see Prerequisities
 Technical Education

 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting Quickbooks
2
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I (a)
3
 ADSC 1020  Keyboarding II (b)
3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills (f)
3
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures (b & d & h)
4
 ADSC 1053  Office Bookkeeping (f)
3
 ADSC 1141  Integrated Software Applications (c & d)
3
 ADSC 1161  Microsoft PowerPoint (d)
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel (d)
2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access (d)
2
 ADSC 1196  Microsoft Word (b & d)
4
 ADSC 1201  Desktop Publishing/Publisher (b or c)
2
 ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications (e)
3
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills (c)
1
 ADSC 1341  Electronic Career Search
1
 ADSC 1450  Technology Tools for the Workplace
2
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers (a)
3
 Elective  Choose any two (2) credit Supervisory Management class  2
 TOTAL    45

Program Sequence

FIRST YEAR
First Semester   
 
**ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I
 3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills
 3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
 3
ADSC 1053 Office Bookkeeping
  3
  
 TOTAL  
 12
   
Second Semester   
 
ADSC 1020 Keyboarding II 
 3
ACCT 1065 Computerized Accounting: Quickbooks 2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel
 2
ADSC 1196 Microsoft Word
 4
ADSC1205
Written Business Communications
 3
  
 TOTAL  
 14
  
 SECOND YEAR
Third Semester   
 
ADSC 1038
Administrative Office Procedures 
 4
ADSC 1061 Microsoft PowerPoint
2
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access 
 2
ADSC 1201 Desktop Publishing/Publisher 
 2
   
 TOTAL   10
 
 Fourth Semester
ADSC 1141 Integrated Software Applications  3
ADSC 1340 Business Job Seeking Skills  1
ADSC 1341 Electronic Career Search  1
ADSC 1450 Technology Tools for the Workplace  2
Elective Choose 2 credit course in Supervisory Management  2
Total    9

*Any transferable course with this course prefix. Once English, Speech, Psychology and Sociology requirements are fulfilled, the remaining general education requirements are the student’s choice.

**Register for COMP0100 if you do not pass 25 WPM keyboarding placement test.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

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 assistants 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 Report

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4700

Deb Catlett
763-576-4700

 

The  Administrative Specialist certificate is a 28-credit program.  This program is intended for people currently employed in an office setting that want to upgrade their skills. The certificate has credit transferability to the Administrative Specialist associate in applied science (AAS) degree and diploma programs.

See Industry Information.

 

Prequisites

See Credits.

(a) The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 (Basic Computer Keyboarding) or equivalent.
(b) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1010 (Keyboarding I) or equivalent.
(c) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1196 (MS Word) or equivalent.
(d) The prerequisite to this course is COMP1000 (Intro to Computers) or equivalent.
(e) The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1031 (Business English).
(f) The prerequisite to this course is passing grade on the assessment testing for applicable content.

See Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS 
     28
 a-i: see Prerequisities
 Technical Education
28
Course Number  Course Title  Credits
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I (a)
3
ADSC 1020 Keyboarding II (b)
3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills (f)
3
ADSC 1161 Microsoft PowerPoint (d)
2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel (d)
2
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access (d)
2
ADSC 1196 Microsoft Word (b & d)
4
ADSC 1201 Desktop Publishing (b or c)
2
ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications (e)         3
ADSC 1340 Business Job Seeking Skills         1
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers (a)
3
 

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester   
 
ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I (a)
 3
ADSC 1031  Business English Skills (f)
 3
COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers (a)
 3
 TOTAL  
 9
   
 Spring Semester   
 
 ADSC 1020  Keyboarding II (b)
 3
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel (d)
 2
 ADSC 1196  Microsoft Word (b & d)
 4
 ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications (e)
 3
 TOTAL  
 12
     
 SECONDYEAR
 Fall Semester  
 ADSC 1161  Microsoft PowerPoint (d)           2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access (d)           2
 ADSC 1201  Desktop Publishing/Publisher (b or c)           2
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills           1
 TOTAL              7
     

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Assistant certificate transfers directly into the Anoka Technical College Administrative Assistant diploma program.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page

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 assistants 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
763-576-4700

Deb Catlett
763-576-4700

 

Start Dates

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018

Deb Catlett
763-576-4018

For services during summer hours contact:
Enrollment Services
763-576-7710