Office Administration - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Get the Skills Needed to Be an Integral Part of a Business Team

Administrators are responsible for completing the supportive tasks needed by an organization. Virtually every industry requires some form of administrative support. Administrative professionals work hand-in-hand with those in management to keep things running smoothly.

If you are hardworking, dedicated, a good problem solver, highly organized, and an effective written and oral communicator, a career as an administrative assistant may be right for you.

ACC’s Office Administration program will prepare you for a career as an administrative assistant with marketable job skills that are highly valued by many businesses. Upon completion of the A.A.S. Degree, you’ll gain a minimum of eight months of related work experience with our co-op program and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a professional office environment.

Career Opportunities

Projected employment of administrative assistants will vary by occupational specialty. Average employment growth is expected for medical, legal, accounting and executive administrative assistants. Fast growing industries – such as computer and data processing services, health, and legal services, education, manufacturing, government agencies, engineering, and management – will continue to generate most new job opportunities. Administrative assistants rank among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for an administrative assistant in the Houston area is $37,650.  Salaries may vary between the general, legal, and medical fields and by skill level, experience, and level of responsibility.

For more information on career opportunities in Office Administration, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

ACC’s degree program offers specialized courses in legal, medical terminology and executive procedures. One year Office Assistant or Administrative Support certificates are also available. 

You will take courses in a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Computer Applications (Microsoft Office)
  • Records Management
  • Accounting
  • Word Processing
  • Business Office Procedures
  • and more!

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATION - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning or
+MATH 1324 - Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

3

POFT 1309 - Business Office Procedures I

3

POFT 1319 - Records Management I

3

POFT 1329 - Beginning Keyboard

3
SECOND SEMESTER

ACNT 1303 - Introduction to Accounting

3

BMGT 1305 - Communications in Management

3

POFI  1301 - Computer Applications I (Microsoft Office)

3

POFT 1325 - Business Math Using Technology

3

*PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework or
*SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

Select one course from Emphasis Electives:

ACNT 1311 - Intro to Computerized Accounting (QuickBooks) or
HITT 1305 - Medical Terminology I or
POFL 1340 - Legal Office Procedures II

3

POFI 1341 - Computer Applications II (Adobe Acrobat, Visio,
Publisher, SAP, Microsoft Project)

3

POFI 1349 - Spreadsheets (Excel)

3

POFI 1382 - Word Processing (Word)

3

*POFT 1382 - Co-Op - General Office Occupations & Clerical Services

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

Select one course from Emphasis Electives:

*BMGT 1325 - Business Office Management or
LGLA 1345 - Civil Litigation or
*POFM 1317 - Medical Administrative Support

 3

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

 3

POFT 1300 - Career Exploration & Planning

 3

*POFT 2382 - Co-Op - General Office Occupations &
Clerical Services

 3

+Select from Social & Behavorial Sciences Core Curriculum or
+HIST 1301 - United States History I

3
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
CERTIFICATE 

45 credit hours
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CREDITS

ACNT 1303 - Introduction to Accounting

3

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I (Microsoft Office)

3

POFT 1309 - Business Office Procedures

3

POFT 1319 - Records Management I

3

POFT 1329 - Beginning Keyboard

3

SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

Select One Course from Emphasis Elective List:

ACNT 1311 - Introduction to Computerized Accounting or
HITT 1305 - Medical Terminology or
POFL 1340 - Legal Office Procedures II

3

POFI 1341 - Computer Applications II (Adobe Acrobat, Publisher,
SAP, Visio, Microsoft Project)

3

POFI 2301 - Word Processing (Word)

3

POFT 1325 - Business Math Using Technology

3

POFT 1382 - Co-Op General Office Occupations & Clerical Services

3

THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER)

BMGT 1305 - Communications in Management

3

Select One Course from Emphasis Elective List:

BMGT 1325 - Business Office Management or
POFM 1317 - Medical Administrative Support or
LGLA 1345 - Civil Litigation

3

POFI 1349 - Spreadsheets (Excel)

3

POFT 1300 - Career Exploration & Planning

3

*POFT 2382 - Co-Op General Office Occupations & Clerical Service

3
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 45

*Capstone Course

OFFICE ASSISTANT
CERTIFICATE 

30 credit hours
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

ACNT 1303 - Introduction to Accounting

3

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I (Microsoft Office)

3

POFT 1309 - Business Office Procedures

3

POFT 1319 - Records Management I

3

POFT 1329 - Beginning Keyboard

3

SECOND SEMESTER

BMGT 1305 - Communications in Management

3

POFI 2301 - Word Processing (Word)

3

POFI 1341 - Computer Applications II (Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Project, Publisher, SAP, Visio)

3

POFT 1300 - Career Exploration & Planning 

3

*POFT 1382 - Co-Op General Office Occupations & Clerical Services

3
OFFICE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 30
*Capstone Course

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs for the A.A.S. Degree program are $3,996 for in-district students and $6,750 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $1242.00.

Approximate costs for the Administrative Support Certificate program are $2,997 for in-district students and $5,067 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $493.00 

Approximate costs for the Office Assistant Certificate program are $1,998 for in-district students and $3,378 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $180.00 

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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