Administrative Office Professional

With skills in information management software and office technology, you will find tremendous opportunities and career choices at just about any workplace. You will acquire a strong background in technical and interpersonal skills and learn to function as an integral part of work groups and management teams. Graduates will obtain abilities and skills that allow other career paths including computers, desktop publishing, administration, human resources and management. Many courses in this program are web-enhanced or web-delivered and as a variety of day, evening, and Saturday class sessions are offered.

Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to take industry-recognized certification exams such as Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Certified Administrative Professional (CAP), Organizational Management (OM), and Technology Applications (TA).

Students who are enrolled at the College for at least one semester and who have passed the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) examination are eligible to receive credit toward an associate of applied business degree in administrative office professional, subject to the review and approval of the appropriate department chair.

In addition, Stark State offers a one-year technical certificate in administrative office professional for non-degree-seeking students. Students selecting the certificate program may apply credits earned in this one-year program to the associate degree program if they decide to pursue it. They will be awarded a certificate in administrative office professional upon completion of the courses listed.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a administrative office professional certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in administrative office professional:

  • Student Success Seminar
  • College Composition
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Editing, Proofreading, and Language Skills
  • Computer Applications for Professionals
  • Keyboarding/Formatting
  • Explorations in Modern Mathematics
  • Spreadsheet – Microsoft Excel
  • Records Management
  • Word Processing – Microsoft Word
  • Form Design Essentials
  • Administrative Procedures and Systems
  • General Psychology or Sociology

Certificate Credits 35

Take these additional courses to earn an associate degree in administrative office professional that you can take right to the workforce or easily transfer to a bachelor’s degree program:

  • Graphic Arts Design
  • Business Administration
  • Keyboarding Skill Building
  • Desktop Publishing – Microsoft Publisher
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Effective Speaking
  • AOT Practicum
  • Database Applications – Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Outlook

Additional Credits 25

TOTAL CREDITS FOR DEGREE 60

Associate of applied business in administrative office professional

Career Enhancement Certificates

The goal is that graduates will be able to organize work areas, use resources, make decisions and exhibit proficiency in the use of office procedures and information systems used in automated office environments; apply practical knowledge and utilize technical skills such as keyboarding, transcription, speech recognition, proofreading, document production, integrated computer applications, records management, and the use of the Internet; demonstrate employable skills and professionalism through sound work habits, ethics and responsibility, and work in individual, team and group settings; communicate ideas and information verbally and in written form; have computational skills for solving business problems and for making analytical judgments; acquire, organize and evaluate information for making decisions and solving problems in business environments.

Franklin University

  • schools
  • hospitals
  • government offices
  • legal and medical offices
  • administrative assistant
  • executive assistant
  • office manager
  • virtual assistant
  • Betty Jean Morford Scholarship
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) scholarships

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International Association of Administrative Professionals – Canton Chapter