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Does the idea of a career with diverse job responsibilities and being the go-to person in an organization appeal to you?

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Office Specialist program prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment.

Students will gain skills and competence in:

  • word processing
  • spreadsheet, database, and presentation software
  • keyboarding speed and accuracy
  • grammar, punctuation and writing skills
  • bookkeeping theory and general accounting software
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 Offered completely online with part-time options

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Career opportunities in virtually any industry

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Foundation for advancement to office management

Potential Jobs:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Office Specialist  
  • Business Operations Coordinator
  • Customer Service Representative

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $23.81 per hour
Top Earners: $24.05 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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"Anoka Tech is a great place to learn. The Administrative Specialist program is a great program where I learned many things that help me in the work force. I took online courses but teachers were more then happy to arrange in person meetings or online meetings to help when needed."

Megan Plaster '20
Administrative Office Specialist AAS degree

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Office Specialist Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit online 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 to prepare them for general bookkeeping, accounts receivable or accounts payable positions.

Students are well prepared to fill any office support position and may advance to office management.

The AAS degree includes 15 general education credits which further enhance the educational experience and may better prepare students for advancement in jobs with employers that prefer or require a degree. Completion of a degree shows commitment and dedication to the educational experience and can be advantageous for students seeking jobs beyond entry level.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3. Utilize software applications necessary for business office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports using templates, mail merge, and building blocks.
  5. Employ intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills to create business presentations that demonstrate appropriate design techniques.
  6. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills to use formulas and functions to create and edit worksheets, workbooks, charts and graphics, lookup tables, pivot tables, and charts as used in business scenarios.
  7. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Access skills to practice how to plan, design, create, and query a database, generate reports, and produce input user forms while recognizing correct database design concepts.
  8. Apply accounting principles as they pertain to business office bookkeeping scenarios. Complete an accounting simulation by applying bookkeeping functions using QuickBooks.
  9. Practice methods to integrate Office 365 software to achieve efficiency in office operations.
  10. Recognize and use correct mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and usage appropriate for professional business communications.
  11. Express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct formatting and message approach (direct, indirect).
  12. Demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding speed and accuracy and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.

Administrative office specialists perform a full range of office responsibilities. They collaborate with administrators and other support personnel to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all office tasks.  This includes employing a variety of software packages which may include word processing, database, presentation, desktop publishing, electronic calendaring and meeting, and bookkeeping software.   
 
Other types of responsibilities include executing mail procedures, preparing communications, such as emails, invoices, reports, and other correspondence, maintain filing systems, both electronic and physical, managing accounts and performing bookkeeping duties. In some offices, administrative office specialists may be responsible for one or two of these areas. In a small office, they may be responsible for all of them.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1) 4
MnTC Electives   11
Recommended MnTC Elective COMM 1055 Strengths and Wellness (Goal 2) 3

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 15
ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding 2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel 2
ADSC 1197 Microsoft Word 4
COMM 1055 Strengths and Wellness (Recommended) 3
COMP 1002 Computer Technologies for Communication 2
Technical Elective   3
Spring Semester 15
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I 3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills 3
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access 2
ADSC 1206 Written Business Communications 4
Technical Elective See technical elective list below 3
Fall Semester 14
ADSC 1045 Administrative Office Procedures 4
ADSC 1054 Office Bookkeeping 4
ADSC 1162 Microsoft PowerPoint 2
ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing 4
Spring Semester 15
ADSC 1142 Integrated Software Applications 4
MnTC Electives   8
Technical Elective See elective list below 3
Course Electives
Any SMGT courses    
ADSC 1006 Business Law 4
ADSC 1055 Electronic Health Records 2
ADSC 1115 Legal Procedures 5
ADSC 1283 Medical Office Procedures 4
HITM 1110 Medical Terminology in Health Information 3

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services. 

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Office Specialist diploma is a 40-credit program that prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment.
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"I worked in the Administrative Office while I was attending Anoka Tech. I loved what I was doing there and everything I was learning from my supervisor and mentors was contributing to what I was studying at Anoka Tech."

Angie Genchi '20
Administrative Office Specialist diploma

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Office Specialist diploma is a 40-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 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.

Responsibilities may include managing calendars, preparing correspondence, maintaining filing systems, answering telephones, managing mail, transcribing correspondence, making travel arrangements, scheduling appointments, planning meetings, and taking detailed minutes. In larger offices, administrative office specialists may be responsible for one or two of these areas. In a small office, they may be responsible for all of them.

The credits earned in this program can be applied towards the Administrative Specialist AAS degree.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3. Utilize software applications necessary for business office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports using templates, mail merge, and building blocks.
  5. Employ intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills to create business presentations that demonstrate appropriate design techniques.
  6. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills to use formulas and functions to create and edit worksheets, workbooks, charts and graphics, lookup tables, pivot tables, and charts as used in business scenarios.
  7. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Access skills to practice how to plan, design, create, and query a database, generate reports, and produce input user forms while recognizing correct database design concepts.
  8. Apply accounting principles as they pertain to business office bookkeeping scenarios. Complete an accounting simulation by applying bookkeeping functions using QuickBooks.
  9. Practice methods to integrate Office 365 software to achieve efficiency in office operations.
  10. Recognize and use correct mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and usage appropriate for professional business communications.
  11. Express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct formatting and message approach (direct, indirect).
  12. Demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding speed and accuracy and knowledge of correct document formatting.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.

Administrative office specialists perform a full range of office responsibilities. They collaborate with administrators and other support personnel to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all office tasks.  This includes employing a variety of software packages which may include word processing, database, presentation, desktop publishing, electronic calendaring and meeting, and bookkeeping software.   
 
Other types of responsibilities include executing mail procedures, preparing communications, such as emails, invoices, reports, and other correspondence, maintain filing systems, both electronic and physical, managing accounts and performing bookkeeping duties. In some offices, administrative office specialists may be responsible for one or two of these areas. In a small office, they may be responsible for all of them.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 12
ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding 2
ADSC 1162 Microsoft PowerPoint 2
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access 2
ADSC 1197 Microsoft Word 4
COMP 1002 Computer Technologies for Communication 2
Spring Semester 14
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I 3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills 3
ADSC 1142 Integrated Software Applications 4
ADSC 1206 Written Business Communications 4
Fall Semester 14
ADSC 1045 Administrative Office Procedures 4
ADSC 1054 Office Bookkeeping 4
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel 2
ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1) 4

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services.

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Does the idea of a career with diverse job responsibilities and being the go-to person in an organization appeal to you?

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Office Specialist program prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment.

Learningoptions Blk

 Offered completely online with part-time options

Opportunities Blk

Career opportunities in virtually any industry

Growthpotential Blk

Foundation for advancement to office management

Potential Jobs:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Office Specialist  
  • Business Operations Coordinator
  • Customer Service Representative

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $23.81 per hour
Top Earners: $24.05 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Profile Mplaster 192X192

"Anoka Tech is a great place to learn. The Administrative Specialist program is a great program where I learned many things that help me in the work force. I took online courses but teachers were more then happy to arrange in person meetings or online meetings to help when needed."

Megan Plaster '20
Administrative Office Specialist AAS degree

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

The Anoka Technical College Administrative Office Specialist certificate is a 16-credit program that prepares the graduate with a foundation of skills that can be used in a variety of office positions. Administrative office support specialists perform a wide range of office responsibilities. They collaborate with other support personnel and administrators to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all office tasks.

In today’s technology-driven office environment, keyboarding and software skills are essential. In this program, basic keyboarding skills are practiced while speed and accuracy are improved. Basic computer skills are introduced and reviewed. Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint courses provide graduates with proficiency in productivity
software that is widely used in industry.

The graduate of this program is well prepared to obtain an office support position. The credits in this program can be applied towards the Administrative Office Specialist diploma and the Administrative Office Specialist AAS degree.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3.  Utilize software applications necessary for business office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports using templates, mail merge and building blocks.
  5. Employ intermediate to advanced PowerPoint skills to create business presentations that demonstrate appropriate design techniques.
  6. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills to use formulas and functions to create and edit worksheets, workbooks, charts and graphics, lookup tables, pivot tables, and charts as used in business scenarios.

Administrative office support specialists are needed in virtually every industry. In this technology-intensive economy, support professionals with keyboarding and productivity software skills are highly sought after by employers. Having the knowledge and skills to perform word processing as well as create and manipulate Excel worksheets are a must. The ability to create dynamic presentations for bosses and colleagues in PowerPoint is essential.

The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently and possess an attention to detail. The ability to work as part of a team and project a professional image is also important.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Course Number Course Name Credits
ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding & Speedbuilding 2
ADSC 1162 Microsoft PowerPoint 2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel 2
ADSC 1197 Microsoft Word 4
COMP 1002 Computer Technologies for Communication 2
ENGL 2105 Business and Technical Writing 4

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Faculty

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Current Students

register for classes

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Apply to Graduate

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Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January

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763-576-7710

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