Office Administration

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Office Administration


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The mission of the Office Administration Program is to prepare students for employment or advancement in office support positions by providing learning experiences in word processing, spreadsheet management, database management, written and oral communications, administrative office procedures and internet usage along with critical thinking and problem solving experiences.

The program awards the Certificate and Associate in Applied Technology degree.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Office Administration Program may become employed as a General Office Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, Legal Office manager or Executive Office Manager. Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Skills Needed

Students develop skills in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet management and record/information management. A student in the Office Systems Associate Degree Program is eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Secretaries’ (CPS) exam, the hallmark of success in this profession.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Office Administration Personnel as reported by the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:

  • The median annual earnings for administrative assistants are $29,050.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $43,240 annually.

The Office Administration Program offers an Associate in Applied Technology - Office Systems Technology and Career Entry Certificates in:  Office Systems, Financial Secretary, Medical Secretary and Word Processing.

Types of Programs Offered

Click to view the courses required for each certificate or degree option.

Associates Degree
Short Term Certificate

Estimated Program Cost

Office Administration (BU2)

Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition/Fees Est. Books/Supplies Total Est. Cost
Associate Degree (AAS) 66
$9,825.00 $1,800.00 $11,625.00
Career Entry Certificate (CER) 59 $7,729.00 $1,500.00 $9,229.00
Career Skills Certificate (STC) - Medical Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Word Processing 26 $3,799.00 $600.00 $4,399.00

*Estimated cost based on Fall 2011 tuition.  Subject to change without notice.

Advisory Committee

Kris Brown, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior HR Generalist & EEO Officer
Huntsville Utilities

Dr. Sam Khoury, Assistant Professor
Logistics and Management Information Systems
Athens State University

Dr. Larry McDaniel, Chair
Department of Management and Marketing
Alabama A&M Universtiy

Contact the Office Administration Program at 256.551.3155 or 256.551.3147 for additional program information.