Feb 29, 2020  
2019-2020 Patrick Henry Community College Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Patrick Henry Community College Catalog

Administrative Support Technology, AAS


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Length: 65 credits

Purpose: Individuals who are seeking their first employment or those who wish to qualify for promotion in a present position or to another field, including self-employment, may benefit from this program. This program prepares a student for work in a general office setting as well as offering skills in the legal and medical office areas. The program enables the student to become proficient in administrative duties and skills in a variety of companies – including manufacturing, service-oriented, and government–or as a virtual assistant.

Employment Objectives: Completion of this program may lead to employment or career advancement in any of a wide variety of positions such as administrative assistant, administrative secretary, executive secretary, medical secretary, medical transcriptionist, customer service representative, legal secretary, office services specialist, and clerical supervisor.

Potential Certification: A student may elect to take an industry-specific certification exam. The examinations generally require a testing fee paid by the student. After completion of this program, a student will be academically prepared to take the following examinations:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) - sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) (requires related work experience)

Program Learning Outcomes: A student will be able to:

  • demonstrate minimum proficiency in General Education Skills which are defined as oral communication, written communication, mathematical/problem solving, scientific reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking
  • demonstrate the supervisory role of the administrative professional including ethical behaviors and appropriate interpersonal skills
  • demonstrate proficiency with computer software, business application, and information literacy

Total Credits: 17


Total Credits: 48


Minimum Required for Degree: 65 Credits


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Developmental Prerequisites  

NOTE: * These classes meet the requirements of the Certificate in Clerical Studies .
Classes marked with a + meet the requirements of the Career Studies Certificate for Office Assisting .

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