Associate of Applied Science
Program Coordinator: Nan Jones, LRC 212, Ext. 2465
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: With the rapid development of business and industry in Virginia, there is a great demand for qualified personnel in office occupations. The Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Administrative Support Technology is designed to prepare persons for full-time employment immediately upon completion of the community college program. Persons who are seeking their first employment in an office position as well as those who are seeking a promotion may benefit from this curriculum.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Related Office Occupations
Executive Office Assistant
Admissions Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college entry into the Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Administrative Support Technology requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. Students who are not proficient in English and mathematics will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses.
Advanced Placement: Students who have completed training in Office Technology courses at the high school level or who have had appropriate occupational experience may apply for advance placement with credit. Credit by examination will be the basis upon which such advance placement will be granted. Through a special examination program, it will be possible for a student to exempt a portion of the typewriting requirement. Students currently holding either the CPS or PLS certification may also be granted up to 25 semester hours of credit. The student may then elect to enroll in an accelerated program to complete the AAS degree requirements in less than two years or take appropriate advanced courses for further occupational preparation.
Program Requirements: The two-year curriculum in Administrative Support Technology combines instruction in the many areas required for competence as a secretary in business, government, industry, law offices, and other organizations. The curriculum will include courses in Administrative Support Technology, related areas, general education and electives. Students are advised to consult with their faculty advisor and counselor in planning their programs. Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester curriculum listed below, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Technology with a major in Administrative Support Technology, Executive Administrative Assistant.
Notes on Transfer: Associate of Applied Science Degree programs are designed primarily to provide occupational competence for employment entry. Upon the student’s request, courses may be modified to provide possible transfer acceptability by four-year colleges and universities. Transfer options are listed in the footnotes.
Administrative Support Technology
Executive Administrative Assistant
First Semester (Fall)
College Composition I
Orientation to College Success
Proofreading and Editing
2*Social Science Elective
Second Semester (Spring)
Intro. To Call Center Services
Word Processing I
Third Semester (Fall)
Word Processing Advanced
Intro. To Office Technology
Voice Recognition Applications
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Business Law I
6*Office Record Keeping
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree..............................................66
The above semester-by semester sequence of courses may be modified when necessary. Please meet with your faculty advisor for a discussion of factors which affect planning and sequencing in this program of study.
1. Students who pass the Keyboarding Exemption Test will be granted credit for this course. Testing date is published in the class schedule.
2. Social Science electives include any course in economics, geography, history, political science/government, sociology and psychology.
3. Transfer students should consult the math requirements at respective 4 year schools of interest.
4. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course for Physical Education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions may require a PED activity course in the general core.
5. Humanities electives include: ART 201, 202; foreign languages; HUM 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.
6. Transfer students should take ACC 211 in place of AST 136.
Note: Cooperative Education – AST 297 may be taken after satisfactory completion of the second semester with faculty and Co-op advisor approvals. The non-paid Co-op education option with nonprofit entities is available in this program of study