Program Overview

Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Administrative Assistant degree. This training is designed to teach students to be administrative support staff and is available online or on campus. Students who are interested in this course of study should enjoy working with software applications, be detail-oriented, and like working in an office environment, and are good at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and written and oral skills.

Students have the option to focus on one of three areas. Individuals can focus on legal, medical, or general studies with in the administrative assistant program. Those focusing on legal studies will prepare them for positions in offices related to the practice of law, such as private attorneys' offices, corporate legal departments, government, banks, insurance companies and real estate offices. Those focusing on medical studies will be prepared for work in offices related to the practice of medicine, such as clinics, hospitals, private doctors' offices and other medical-based facilities. Those focusing on general generals will be prepared for work in most business offices.

Students are required to take a number of core courses as well as general education courses. Core courses include Keyboarding II, Business English, Business Math, Fundamentals of Accounting, Intro to Computers, Office Management, Student Leadership Practicum, Intro to Professional Writing, Microcomputer Spreadsheets, and Presentations. In addition to classroom study, students gain on-the-job experience through an internship program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Requires from 61-63 credits for completion. Application requirements: official transcripts.

    School Overview

    Bismarck State College is a public, four-year institution of higher education that focuses primarily on associate’s degrees, and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. In 1984, the college became a part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education and in 1987, the school’s name changed to Bismarck State College.

    Bismarck State College offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, transfer opportunities, technical programs, and continuing education. Bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees are offered in cooperation with other North Dakota University System institutions. BSC specializes in energy education, with degrees including power and process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology, and electric power technology. The school’s mission states: “Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.”

    Students can complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs, from home through Bismarck State College’s online campus. The online environment varies among programs, but most often features shorter intensive classes extending from 3 weeks to 8-week sessions that are offered throughout the entire year. 


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