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Administrative Specialist

Program Information

Earning the Administrative Specialist certificate prepares students for many types of business employment opportunities. Students gain knowledge and experiences in using current business office practices as they create and share business communications inside and outside of the traditional office setting. All Administrative Specialist certificate courses may be applied to the Business: Workplace and Technology Emphasis AAS degree. This certificate’s courses may also apply to other Business certificates and degrees.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Apply office and business procedures to effectively manage an office environment, employees, and systems
    2. Use appropriate technology to accurately and efficiently prepare business documents.
    3. Express ideas, information, proposals, and reactions clearly and professionally in written and spoken form.
    • A minimum of 12 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above must be completed at ARCC.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • All computer courses must be completed within the last four years. Students may petition to extend the window beyond the four years.
    • All courses requirements must be complete before a certificate will be awarded.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.


  •  16 credits

    BUS 1104 Written Business Communication 3
    BUS 1112 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
    BUS 1115 Internet Essentials 1
    BUS 1174 Office Systems 3
    BUS 2265 Administrative Office Management 3
     Choose one of the following:
    BUS 1154+ Advanced Keyboarding 3
    BUS 1155++ Word Processing Using Microsoft Word 3
    +Recommended 40 WPM keying skill or BUS 1153, Beginning Keyboarding

  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening.


    Fall Semester Spring Semester 
    BUS 1104 3 BUS 1115 1
    BUS 1112 3 BUS 1154 or BUS 1155** 3
    BUS 1174* 3  BUS 2265**  3
    *Offered Fall Semester only
    **Offered Spring Semester only

  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Business and Finance
      • Bill and Account Collector
      • Financial Clerk (bookkeeping, accounting, accounting)
    • Government and Local Services
      • Dispatcher
      • Postal Service Worker
    • Warehousing
      • Cargo and Freight Agent
      • Courier and Messenger
      • Facilities Manager Information Clerk
    • Workplace Support
      • Desktop Publisher
      • General Office Clerk
      • Medical Coding
      • Receptionist, Administrative Assistant

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