Administrative Professional

Administrative Professional

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Many organizations would be completely lost without the skilled secretaries and administrative assistants who work there. And far from being replaced by today’s sophisticated software and electronic gadgets, these employees are the office wizards who know exactly how to use high-tech tools to increase efficiency and productivity.

A Closer Look

Administrative professionals work to directly support an executive in a larger company, or they may act more as an office manager in a smaller operation. They perform general administrative and office duties, prepare correspondence, and maintain calendar systems for individuals and departments. They might also conduct research, prepare presentations, plan events, maintain inventories, and work with vendors.

Administrative professionals are usually great communicators, able to adapt to different personalities and work styles of the managers, executives, and coworkers they assist or work with.


What You'll Learn

Graduates of Mid-State’s Administrative Professional program are known for being adaptable and well prepared for today’s workforce. Students learn to prepare correspondence and work with customers, supervise the work of other clerical staff, prepare research reports, handle private or confidential records, and more.

The program emphasizes fundamental knowledge of software applications, customer service skills, and the expert operation of a variety of office technology and equipment. You’ll experience hands-on learning through clothing drives, organization of etiquette luncheons, and high-profile event planning.


Careers

  • Administrative Professional
  • Administrative Specialist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Medical Administrative Professional
  • Office Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Secretary

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Administrative Professional program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

SHARON BEHRENS

Sharon earned an MEd from National-Louis University and an MBA from Walden University. She has many years of office experience to share and a passion for technology. She keeps her skills current as an active member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Sharon also attends conferences and authors and edits software textbooks and other instructional materials for leading publishing companies.

“I enjoy getting to know my students and find it invigorating to see their skills and confidence evolve through the many hands-on opportunities available.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10102101 Intro to Business 3.00
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10106157 Document Formatting 3.00
10106160 Proofreading & Editing 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
-or-
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
(18-19 Credits)
Term: 2
10103114 Word-Intermediate 1.00
10103124 Excel-Intermediate 1.00
10103134 Access-Intermediate 1.00
10106140 Business Information Management 3.00
10106150 Administrative Office Procedures 3.00
10106172 Digital Communication Technology 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or-
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801199 Employment Strategies 3.00
-or-
10102130 Career Development 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
10106106 Quality Customer Service 3.00
10106162 Graphics & Print Media 3.00
10106180 Advanced Software Applications 3.00
10809195 Economics 3.00
-or-
10809143 Microeconomics 3.00
-or-
10809144 Macroeconomics 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
-or-
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
Elective 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 4
10104107 Social Media Marketing 3.00
10106135 Supervised Field Experience 2.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or-
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 68-69