Administrative Specialist Program

Today’s businesses have sophisticated equipment such as computers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, telephones, and video display projectors to name a few. Businesses everywhere need employees who can operate these machines efficiently and productively. The Administrative Specialist program at Iowa Central provides students the opportunity to learn and to improve the technical and communication skills that today’s business offices demand.

Students learn to refine their spoken, written, and listening communication competencies. They have ample opportunity to work cooperatively and in team settings. In addition, they are encouraged to develop the work attitudes employers value most—dependability, initiative, follow-through, cooperation, and human relations.

In the technical skills area, students strive to increase their speed and accuracy at the keyboard and on the calculating machine, to apply business math concepts, and to learn general accounting principles. Students also develop the essential computer applications of word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and Web publishing. They are well prepared for Microsoft certification and placement in a business environment.

Potential Job Titles

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Admissions Clerk
  • Circulation Representative
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Clerk
  • Office Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Records Keeping Assistant
  • Secretary

Career & Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities exist all over the United States as well as in other countries, in large and small organizations, and in the public and private sector. Some of the entry-level job titles for which the graduates of the Administrative Specialist program will be qualified are listed to the right. With experience, graduates can move into specialized careers such as office manager or administrative assistant. For the person with the necessary skills and the

Course Schedule

Administrative Specialist (A.A.S. Degree)

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-161 Human Relations
3.0
ADM-112 Keyboarding**
3.0
BUS-102 Intro to Business
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers*
3.0
ADM-260 Personal Development
1.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ADM-148 Transcription
2.0
ADM-162 Office Procedures
3.0
ADM-116 Keyboarding II
3.0
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
BUS-121 Business Communication
3.0
ADM-131 Office Calculators
1.0
ADM-258 Professional Development
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ADM-941 Practicum
2.0
 
Total Hours: 2.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-180 Business Ethics
3.0
ACC-364 Excel for Accounting
3.0
CIS-256 Dreamweaver I
3.0
OR
GRA-176 Layout Design I
ADM-108 Keyboarding Skill Development
1.0
ADM-180 Administrative Management
3.0
XXX-XXX Program Elective*****
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-112 Business Math***
3.0
ADM-941 Practicum
2.0
ADM-297 Certification Preparation
1.0
ADM-146 Integrated Applications
3.0
BCA-252 Access for Business Applications
3.0
XXX-XXX Program Elective*****
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
Administrative Specialist A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 63.0

*or BCA-122, BCA-174, BCA-146, and BCA-164

**Student must complete a 3-minute timed writing with a minimum speed of 35 wpm with three (3) or fewer errors. If this minimum is not met, student will be required to enroll in ADM-105 Intro to Keyboarding as a pre-requisite.

***Course may be substituted with a related course from either AA, AS, or Approved Gen.Ed. list for Applied Science and Technology.

****See Program Coordinator for approved list and description of courses to fulfill electives.

Program Requirements:
Minimum GPA of 2.0 Cumulative
Minimum “C” grade required in:
ADM-112 Keyboarding
ADM-116 Keyboarding II
ADM-146 Integrated Apps
ADM-941 Practicum

Administrative Assistant (Flexible Scheduling)

Summer 2013 Internet

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-102 Intro to Business
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
BUS-121 Business Communication
3.0
ADM-180 Administrative Management
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II (Equivalent to Business Communication)
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
BUS-112 Business Math
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
 

Summer 2013 Flexlab

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ADM-131 Office Calculators
1.0
ADM-108 Keyboarding Skill Development
1.0
ADM-297 Certification Preparation
1.0
BUS-251 Publisher
3.0
 

Summer 2013 Classroom

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-161 Human Relations
3.0
BUS-102 Intro to Business
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
BUS-121 Business Communication
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
BUS-112 Business Math
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ADM-941 Practicum
2.0
     

Fall 2013 Internet

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-102 Intro to Business (Internet)
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers (Internet)
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I (Internet)
3.0
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting (Internet)
3.0
BUS-121 Business Communication (Internet)
3.0
ADM-180 Administrative Management (Internet)
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II (Equivalent to Business Communication) (Internet)
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts (Equivalent to Business Ethics) (Internet)
3.0
BUS-112 Business Math (Internet)
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology (Internet)
3.0
 

Fall 2013 Flexlab

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ADM-131 Office Calculators (Classroom TBA)
1.0
ADM-108 Keyboarding Skill Development (Classroom TBA)
1.0
ADM-297 Certification Preparation
1.0
BUS-251 Publisher
3.0
 

Fall 2013 Classroom

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ADM-112 Keyboarding (Classroom TBA)
3.0
ADM-260 Personal Development (Classroom TBA)
1.0
ADM-180 Administrative Management (Classroom TBA)
3.0
ACC-364 Excell for Accounting (Classroom TBA)
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology (Classroom TBA)
3.0
ADM-941 Practicum (Worksite)
2.0

Office Assistant (Diploma)

Students enrolled in the Administrative Specialist program may complete one year of study and earn an Office Assistant diploma. If they choose to continue in the program, they may earn an Administrative Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. Students may begin any semester and choose to take either a full or partial course load. All students will be interviewed and tested to assure correct placement in the program. A total of 29 credit hours from the Administrative Specialist program may be applied toward an Associate of Arts degree.

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-161 Human Relations
3.0
ADM-112 Keyboarding**
3.0
BUS-102 Intro to Business
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers*
3.0
ADM-260 Personal Development
1.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ADM-148 Transcription
2.0
ADM-162 Office Procedures
3.0
ADM-116 Keyboarding II
3.0
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
BUS-121 Business Communication
3.0
ADM-131 Office Calculators
1.0
ADM-258 Professional Development
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
Office Assistant Diploma Total Hours: 62.0

*or BCA-122, BCA-174, BCA-146, and BCA-164

**Student must complete a 3-minute timed writing with a minimum speed of 35 wpm with three (3) or fewer errors. If this minimum is not met, student will be required to enroll in ADM-105 Intro to Keyboarding as a pre-requisite.

Program Requirements:
Minimum GPA of 2.0 Cumulative
Minimum “C” grade required in:
ADM-112 Keyboarding
ADM-116 Keyboarding II
ADM-146 Integrated Apps
ADM-941 Practicum

Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires schools with Gainful Employment programs to disclose certain information about them. Information below is based on the period July 1 2011 - June 30, 2012 (2011-2012 Award Year).
Program Name
Office Assistant
Program Length
30 weeks
Cost of Entire Program
 
   Total Tuition & Fees Required
$4,672.00
   Books & Supplies 
$1,600.00
   Total Annual Room & Board Charges for Living on Campus
$5,300.00
   Additional Cost
$90.00
Debt at Program Completion
 
   Median Federal Student Loan Debt
$1,474.00
   Median Private Loan Debt
$
   Median Institutional Financial Plan Debt
$
Completion Rate
100%
Job Placement Rate
0%
Name & US Dept of Labor's Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code for the occupations that the program prepares students to enter.
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
Links to the Occupational Profiles on the US Dept of Labor's O*NET
Website or its successor site. 
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-9199.00
Any other notes you want included Ex: students who continued with school
 

Instructors

Leann Gatewood 515-574-1289 gatewood@iowacentral.edu