Program Description Bismarck State College offers students training in administrative support staff positions for a wide variety of one- and two-year programs. All students work with the latest computer technology and learn a variety of software applications. In addition to classroom study, students gain on-the-job experience through a cooperative education/internship program.
The Administrative Assistant - General program is available 100% online as well as on campus.
Preparation Students should enjoy working with software applications, be detail-oriented, and like working in an office environment. They should be good at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and written and oral skills. Employers also look for customer service and interpersonal skills. High school students should study business and technology courses and English composition. Dual credit options between BSC and a student's high school may be available.
Program Requirements Students who successfully complete a two-year program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Those who successfully complete a one-year program earn a Program Certificate.
Students entering the Business and Office Technology program should have basic keyboarding skills or enroll in BOTE 102 - Keyboarding I. The program requires students have access to Microsoft Office Suite, which includes Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. BSC computer labs have all required software installed.
Career Opportunities Administrative support staff represents one of the largest occupational groups in the United States. Secretaries and administrative assistants are employed in every type of organization. Most are in service-providing industries ranging from education and healthcare to government and retail. Others work in corporate settings. Demand is forecast to exceed supply for many years. Support staff positions can often serve as stepping-stones to management for those interested in advancement.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/LEGAL ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/MEDICAL ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/GENERAL ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE ONLINE OPTION
This curriculum, available on campus and online, is designed to qualify graduates for work in most business offices. The Administrative Assistant/General program is available 100% online as well as on campus.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/GENERAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ONLINE OPTION
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