60 Credits    AAS 3292/2255,  Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Degree Description

With the Administrative Office Specialist—Associate of Applied Science Degree, students can choose an emphasis from five options that best fit their interests. Students who are interested in more than one emphasis will benefit from an overlap in the core curriculum, so they can earn several degrees with a minimum number of additional credits.  

Campuses: Faribault and North Mankato
Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring Semesters

Estimate for 60 credit program

Tuition is paid on a semester by semester basis and will vary depending on the courses and total credits you take.

Tuition and Fees: $12,300
Tools and Equipment: $ n/a
Total Estimated Cost: $12,300 *

Compare the costs and you'll see that tuition at South Central College is much more affordable than other institutions.

*Based on 2022-23 tuition rates. Does not include extra expenses for online delivery, course fees, or course differental. Books, transportation, and living expenses also not included.

The course requirements listed below are specific to the current school year (noted above). 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 11 Courses / 34 Credits (required for ALL emphasis areas)

Complete all of the following courses:


Office Specialist Emphasis

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.

Complete the following courses:


Required Arts and Sciences for Office Specialist
16 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas

OR


(Choose 10 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)


Office Specialist – Financial Emphasis

This program is designed to prepare learners for employment as administrative office specialists in financial offices. Administrative office specialists in financial offices perform a variety of tasks, which may include learning and using various computer applications, preparing and editing business documents, filing, managing records, using electronic calendars, handling telephone calls, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, greeting visitors, and processing mail. Other responsibilities may include: routine calculating, posting, and verifying primary financial data in maintaining accounting records, preparing daily bank deposits, writing checks, and maintaining a cash disbursement system.

Complete the following courses:


Required Arts and Sciences for Financial Emphasis
15 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas

OR


OR


(Choose 6 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)


Office Specialist - Legal Emphasis

This program is designed to prepare learners for employment as administrative office specialists in legal offices. Legal administrative assistants perform the administrative tasks in a law office such as answering the telephone, managing the electronic and paper files, transcribing, preparing law office correspondence and legal documents, maintaining the calendar, personal contact with attorneys, courthouse personnel, law office personnel, and others. In addition, the legal administrative assistant drafts documents, gathers information relevant to the client's case, has personal and phone contact with the client, and does minimal legal research. Overall, the legal administrative assistant manages the procedural tasks for clients in the law office with an attorney's supervision. All courses in this program are offered online.

Complete the following courses:


Required Arts and Sciences for Legal Emphasis
15 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas

OR


(Choose 9 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)


Office Specialist - Medical Emphasis

This program is designed for learners interested in working in a medical facility and who enjoy office work. Learners will become proficient in keyboarding, word processing, grammar and sentence structure, medical terminology, computer technology, and medical records. The increased technology in this field demands skilled office personnel as physicians and other health care professionals rely upon the expertise of the Administrative Office Specialist. Examples of duties include scheduling appointments, reviewing medical prior authorizations, and verifying medical insurance. The opportunity to work in many health care settings is appealing for those wishing to engage with health care specialists and patients. Employment opportunities would include clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, chiropractic clinics, and other health care related facilities.

Complete the following courses:


Required Arts and Sciences for Medical Emphasis
16 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas

OR


OR

(Choose 10 more LAS credits in consultation with Advisor)


Office Specialist - Technical Emphasis

This program is designed to prepare learners as Administrative Office Specialists with a focus on technical support. Learners will develop skills in computer software, electronic mail, network management, media management, applications support, systems administration tasks, computer maintenance, Internet, and emerging software technologies.

Complete the following courses:


Required Arts and Sciences for Techical Emphasis
15 credits from 3 MnTC Goal Areas

OR


(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.

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