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Administrative Assistant Associate of Arts (AA)

About the Program

The Associate of Arts Administrative Assistant program provides students with professional office skills and technologies to meet the requirements of a constantly changing office environment. Emphasis is placed on computer applications skills, professional communications, accounting skills, as well as an understanding for the human relations and ethics that are important to success in a today's workplaces. This program offers students the opportunity for direct job entry or for upgrading skills for advancement. Additionally, the degree includes General Education, which will help students develop a sense of social responsibility and strong analytical, communication, intellectual, practical skills that the student can apply in real-world setting.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to: administrative assistant, administrative technician, administrative associate, office manager, office clerk, receptionist, office professional, customer service representative, and office coordinator.

Program Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the AA in Administrative Assistant, students are able to complete business-related documents using the various functions—basic,
    intermediate, and advanced—of the software programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Learning and Career Pathway Maps

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Required Core: (30-33 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 30 Business Ethics and Society 3
BUSN 40 Introduction to Business 3
BUSN 48 Human Relations in Organizations 3
BUSN 51 Accounting for Small Businesses 3
BUSN 1A Financial Accounting 4
CIS 50 Introduction to Computing Information Technology 3
CIS 54 Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets 4
CIS 55 Integrating Office Applications 4
CIS 74 Office Procedures 3
CIS 88A Introduction to Microsoft Word 1.5
CIS 88B Adv Microsoft Word 1.5
WRKX 94 Occupational Work Experience/Internship 1 - 3
WRKX 95 General Work Experience 1 - 3

List A: Select One (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CIS 43 Professional Communications 3
CNT 43 Professional Communications 3
CS 43 Professional Communications 3

List B: Select From Below (6-7 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 56 Introduction to Management 3
CIS 55B Advanced MS Office Skills 2
CIS 57 Database Concepts 3
CIS 59 Web Dev: HTML/CSS/Javascript 3
CIS 62 Project Management 3
CIS 72A Data Management 1
CIS 72B Basic Office Integration 1
CIS 73A Ten-Key Skill Development 1
CIS 75 Office Technology/Communications 1
CIS 89A Desktop Presentation 1
MKTG 50 Introduction to Marketing 3

Total Units for the Major: 39 -43

Keyboarding Competency

Students must demonstrate keyboarding speed for 60 net words per minute. Competency can be met by completing CIS 71C with a "C" or higher or by presenting a Las Positas College Verification of Proficiency certifying 60 net words per minute in a five (5) minute timing.

The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Arts (AA) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.