Office Administration - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Get the Skills Needed to Be an Integral Part of a Business Team

Administrators are responsible for completing the supportive tasks needed by an organization. Virtually every industry requires some form of administrative support. Administrative professionals work hand-in-hand with those in management to keep things running smoothly.

If you are hardworking, dedicated, a good problem solver, highly organized, and an effective written and oral communicator, a career as an administrative assistant may be right for you.

ACC’s Office Administration program will prepare you for a career as an administrative assistant with marketable job skills that are highly valued by many businesses. Upon completion of the A.A.S. Degree, you’ll gain a minimum of eight months of related work experience with our co-op program and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a professional office environment.

Career Opportunities

Projected employment of administrative assistants will vary by occupational specialty. Average employment growth is expected for medical, legal, accounting and executive administrative assistants. Fast growing industries – such as computer and data processing services, health, and legal services, education, manufacturing, government agencies, engineering, and management – will continue to generate most new job opportunities. Administrative assistants rank among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for an administrative assistant in the Houston area is $37,650.  Salaries may vary between the general, legal, and medical fields and by skill level, experience, and level of responsibility.

For more information on career opportunities in Office Administration, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

ACC’s degree program offers specialized courses in legal, medical terminology and executive procedures. One year Office Assistant or Administrative Support certificates are also available. 

You will take courses in a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Computer Applications (Microsoft Office)
  • Records Management
  • Accounting
  • Word Processing
  • Business Office Procedures
  • and more!

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATION - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I (Microsoft Office)

3

POFT 1309 - Business Office Procedures I

3

POFT 1325 - Business Math Using Technology

3

*PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework or
*SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking

3
SECOND SEMESTER

ACNT 1303 - Introduction to Accounting

3

+MATH 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning or
+MATH 1324 - Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

3

POFI 1341 - Computer Applications II (Adobe Acrobat, Visio,
Publisher, SAP, Microsoft Project)

3

POFT 1319 - Records Management I

3

POFT 1329 - Beginning Keyboard

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

ACNT 1311 - Intro to Computerized Accounting (QuickBooks)

3

BMGT 1305 - Communications in Management

3

ITSW 2334 - Advanced Spreadsheets (Excel)

3

POFI 2340 - Advanced Word Processing

3

+Select from Social & Behavorial Sciences Core Curriculum or 
+HIST 1301 - United States History I

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

ARTC 2333 - Publication Design (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

 3

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

 3

HRPO 2301 - Human Resources Management

 3

IMED 2311 - Portfolio Development

 3

*POFT 2382 - Co-Op - General Office Occupations & Clerical
Services

3
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

OFFICE ASSISTANT
CERTIFICATE (CERT 1) 

30 credit hours
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

ACNT 1303 - Introduction to Accounting

3

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I (Microsoft Office)

3

POFT 1309 - Business Office Procedures

3

POFT 1325 - Business Math Using Technology

3

POFT 1329 - Beginning Keyboard

3

SECOND SEMESTER

ACNT 1311 - Introduction to Computerized Accounting (Quickbooks)

3

BMGT 1305 - Communications in Management

3

POFI 1341 - Computer Applications II (Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Project, Publisher, SAP, Visio)

3

POFI 2340 - Advanced Word Processing

3

POFT 1319 - Records Management I

3
OFFICE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 30
*Capstone Course

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
CERTIFICATE (CERT 2) 

45 credit hours
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CREDITS

ACNT 1303 - Introduction to Accounting

3

POFI 1301 - Computer Applications I (Microsoft Office)

3

POFT 1309 - Business Office Procedures

3

POFT 1325 - Business Math Using Technology

3

POFT 1329 - Beginning Keyboard

3

SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

ACNT 1311 - Introduction to Computerized Accounting (Quickbooks)

3

BMGT 1305 - Communications in Management

3

POFI 1341 - Computer Applications II (Adobe Acrobat, Publisher,
SAP, Visio, Microsoft Project)

3

POFI 2340 - Advanced Word Processing

3

POFT 1319 - Records Management I

3

THIRD SEMESTER

ARTC 2333 - Publication Design (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

3

HRPO 2301 - Human Resources Management

3

IMED 2311 - Portfolio Development

3

ITSW 2334 - Advanced Spreadsheets (Excel)

3

*POFT 2382 - Co-Op General Office Occupations & Clerical Service

3
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 45

*Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.

*Capstone Course

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs for the A.A.S. Degree program are $3,996 for in-district students and $6,750 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $1242.00.

Approximate costs for the Administrative Support Certificate program are $2,997 for in-district students and $5,067 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $493.00 

Approximate costs for the Office Assistant Certificate program are $1,998 for in-district students and $3,378 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies are approximately $180.00 

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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