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Administrative Office Specialist - Associate of Applied Science Degree

60 Credits
AAS 2255/AAS 3292
Degree Description

This degree is designed to prepare learners for employment as administrative assistants. Administrative assistants perform a variety of tasks, which may include the following: learn and use various computer applications, prepare and edit business documents, file, manage records, use electronic calendars, handle telephone calls, schedule meetings, make travel arrangements, greet visitors, and process mail. Other responsibilities may include the following: perform research, supervise or train others, record minutes at meetings, purchase equipment and supplies, and present data. After completion of this program, students will be proficient with verbal and written communications, as well as decision-making and problem-solving skills.


Offered on the Faribault and North Mankato Campuses
The course requirements listed below are specific to the 2018-2019 school year. If you need to view the program from previous years view our Catalog Archive.

NOTE: Basic Entrance Requirement

Students must either currently have or attain the skills in OTEC 1001 Computer Software for College and OTEC 1790 Keyboarding for College before entry in the Office Administration and Technology programs.

Required Core Courses - 8 Courses - 27 Credits (core courses for ALL emphasis areas)

Complete all of the following courses:
OTEC1820 Business English (3 Credits)
OTEC1822 Microsoft Excel (4 Credits)
OTEC1840 Microsoft PowerPoint (3 Credits)
OTEC1860 Microsoft Word (4 Credits)
OTEC2800 Office Keyboarding (3 Credits)
OTEC2810 Computer Technology (3 Credits)
OTEC2815 Employment Portfolio (3 Credits)
OTEC2820 Business Communications (3 Credits)
OTEC2850 Integrated Information Systems (3 Credits)
OTEC2870 Information Resource Management (3 Credits)
OTEC2905 Internship

Office Specialist Emphasis

Complete the following courses:
ACCT 1810 – Financial Accounting (4 credits)
MKT 1820 – Introduction to Business (3 credits)
MKT 1830 – Customer Service (3 credits)
Required Liberal Arts and Sciences for Office Specialist
16 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas
COMM 130 – Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
OR
COMM 140 – Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
PHIL 100 – Ethics in Society (3 credits)
(Choose 10 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)

Office Specialist – Financial Emphasis

Complete the following courses:
ACCT 1810 – Financial Accounting (4 credits)
ACCT 1811 – Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
ACCT 1814 – Payroll Accounting (3 credits)
Required Liberal Arts and Sciences for Financial Emphasis
15 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas
COMM 130 – Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
OR
COMM 140 – Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
ECON 110 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
OR
ECON 120 – Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
PHIL 100 – Ethics in Society (3 credits)
(Choose 6 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)

Office Specialist - Legal Emphasis

Complete the following courses:
LEGL 1602 – Civil Litigation (Alexandria Technical College) (4 credits)
LEGL 1603 – Criminal Procedures, Bus. Organization and Family Law (Alexandria Tech) (4 credits)
LEGL 1614 – Estate, Probate and Real Estate (Alexandria Technical College) (3 credits)
Required Liberal Arts and Sciences for Legal Emphasis
15 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas
COMM 130 – Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
OR
COMM 140 – Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
PHIL 100 – Ethics in Society (3 credits)
(Choose 9 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)

Office Specialist - Medical Emphasis

Complete the following courses:
HC 1000 – Medical Terminology (3 credits)
HC 1525 – Health Care Core Foundations – (2 credits)
HC 1550 – Electronic Health Records (2 credits)
MA 1020 – Medical Office Procedures (3 credits)
Required Liberal Arts and Sciences for Medical Emphasis
16 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas
COMM 130 – Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
OR
COMM 140 – Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
PHIL 100 – Ethics in Society (3 credits)
(Choose 10 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)

Office Specialist - Technical Emphasis

Complete the following courses:
COMP 1140 – Web for Business (3 credits)
COMP 1200 – PC Hardware and Software Essentials (4 credits)
COMP 1360 – Intro to Data Comm. and Networking (4 credits)
Required Liberal Arts and Sciences for Techical Emphasis
15 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas
COMM 130 – Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
OR
COMM 140 – Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
PHIL 100 – Ethics in Society (3 credits)
(Choose 9 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)
PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.