Administrative Support Technology - A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Length: A full-time student may complete this program in four to five semesters, depending upon the track chosen.

Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Administrative Support Technology is designed to educate and train students wishing to enter or advance in an office support career. With three tracks offered under the Administrative Support Technology umbrella, students are given the opportunity to select a course of study that will meet their occupational objectives.

Occupational Objectives: Possible employment opportunities include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Secretary
  • Legal Secretary/Paralegal
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical Insurance Coder
  • Office Manager

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into this program requires completion of four units of high school English and one unit of high school mathematics. If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Description: Designed for completion in two years, all tracks of the Administrative Support Technology program combine instruction in critical areas related to successful career advancement within the office support area.

Program Tracks include:

  • General Office Specialization
  • Medical Office Specialization

Program Requirements: To receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree, you must complete a minimum of 69 credits in the General Office Track; a minimum of 69 credits in the Legal Specialization; and 67-69 credits for the Medical Office Specialization. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better to graduate. The following outlines represent a typical order of courses taken by full-time day students. Part-time and/or evening students may take courses in any desired order, except for sequence courses, or courses requiring prerequisites.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various administrative support functions to perform satisfactorily in an office environment.
  2. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in using word processing software to accurately format a variety of business correspondence.
  4. Perform mathematical calculation to accurately complete financial and accounting functions used in an office environment.
  5. Key with a level of speed and accuracy acceptable to perform satisfactorily to industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of alphabetic and numeric filing rules.

**Please Note: The overall Learner Outcomes from all of the course requirements for the A.A.S. Degrees in Administrative Support Technology are more in-depth than those of the Career Studies Certificates. However, the AST courses that are the same in both the A.A.S Degrees and the Certificate and Career Studies Programs carry the same Learner Outcomes and are identical in content. Please review the DCC Catalog for more details.

For more information please contact your advisor.