Program Overview

The Virtual Assistance Certificate of Completion program at Montgomery County Community College is designed to assist students in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue entry-level work or advance existing careers in the administrative assistant industry. With the increasing reliance on technology, there is a corresponding demand for administrative professionals that understand and can effectively work with current and emerging technological trends.

A virtual assistant is different than the role of the typical administrative assistant. These professionals, often entrepreneurs, are individuals that are able to work remotely, either from home or from an approved location. These professionals sometimes own their own business in which they contract their own clients or work for a placement agency that matches them with appropriate clients.

The program aims to produce graduates that are able to self-assess their own suitability and readiness and can evaluate different types of business and office careers. These individuals should work towards having a clear business vision, being able to identify their own competition, and having a sound ethical framework through which they can make informed decisions. Graduates should have a clear idea of the role, duties, skills, and challenges of a virtual assistance.

In order to complete this program, students must earn a total of nine credit hours from three required 3-credit courses. In addition to the basic credit requirements, candidates are to participate in the International Virtual Assistants Association's Ethics Check exam in order to become certified. The three required courses are Entrepreneurship Essentials, Virtual Office Careers and Technologies, and an Introduction to Virtual Assistance.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Montgomery County Community College is fully accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

    School Overview

    Montgomery County Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education, with a main campus located in the city of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1964, Montgomery County Community College has grown along with the community to help reach the lifelong learning needs of students as they progress through their academic career.

    Students who earn an associate's degree at Montgomery can expect an easy transfer to numerous public and private colleges and universities in the region. The College also offers certificate programs. Several degrees and certificate programs are offered entirely online.


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