Administrative Office Assistant

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Administrative office assistant General Info

If you are interested in the exciting atmosphere found in today’s automated office, you will want to look into the Administrative Office Assistant program at NCC!

NCC’s program prepares you for the demanding work of an administrative assistant in any modern office. As an Administrative Office Assistant student, you will learn basic office skills with an emphasis on word and information processing, communications, and human relations skills. You will develop essential technical and interpersonal skills through office simulations and hands-on laboratory applications using some of the newest high-tech equipment.

Graduates of the program find employment opportunities in a wide variety of business environments from small businesses to large corporations. You will be prepared for entry-level employment with potential for advancement in offices of virtually any industry. The program also provides Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification training. Click here to read more about the importance of MOS certification.

A two-year Administrative Office Management program is also available.

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  • Diploma


  • Two Semesters
  • Fall semester entry for full-time students
  • Part-time students may enter any term

Student Profile

  • Keyboarding and computer skills
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • Basic math
  • Detail-oriented
  • Enjoy being around and working with other people

Program Location

  • This program is available on campus. General education courses are available online.

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“I chose NCC, because it is close to home, affordable and has the career program I wanted. I enjoy working with people and the hands-on learning that replicates a workplace atmosphere. It’s fun to work as a team to accomplish a goal.”

Administrative Secretarial student
Doon, IA


Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
BCA216-EIntro. to Microsoft Office Applications4
ADM166-COffice Procedures I3
BUS111-CBusiness Math2
ENG105-AComposition I3
COM712-EBusiness Communications3
PSY111-AIntroduction to Psychology3
PSY102-EHuman and Work Relations3
ACC131-APrinciples of Accounting I4
BCA217-EAdvanced Microsoft Office Applications4
ADM167-COffice Procedures II3
ADM159-CProofreading and Editing3
COM741-EOral Communications3
SPC112-APublic Speaking3
Total Credits39

*You may choose MAT108-C Math Fundamentals, MAT106-E Elementary Algebra, or any course with an A suffix.

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates are able to find professional secretarial positions at banks, law offices, accounting firms, medical facilities, and large and small corporations.
Graduates’ starting wage may range anywhere from $9–$12 an hour, depending on where they choose to work.
Classes are a combination of hands-on lab and lecture. It averages out to about a 50/50 split.
NCC’s program uses the latest computer software programs and has small class sizes. An AAS degree program,which is 2 years in length, is also available.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

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