Program Overview

Richland College currently offers a Business Office Systems and Support Associate—Executive Assistant in Applied Sciences Degree.  The curriculum is an advanced program that helps prepare students for executive assistant and computer support employment in an executive office environment. 

Using state-of-the-art technology, students will develop the necessary skills in order to become an efficient member of any business office.  Students will study areas dealing with office management, human relations, records management, and oral and written business communications.  Computer courses will also be covered extensively, focusing on word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and telecommunication applications.

This program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours and can be completed in four semesters.  The first semester will cover basic computer applications, keyboarding, medical software applications, and business English.  The second semester consists of word processing, administrative office procedures, and business presentations.  For the third semester, students will learn business correspondence and communications, spreadsheets, records and information management, and business math.  The final semester will include database, cooperate education, speech, and other advance computer programs. 

Students will have several options regarding preferred classes needed for completing the degree.  Basic education classes are also included, such as Natural Science, History, and a Humanities elective.

The role of an executive assistant is slightly different from an administrative assistant.  The executive assistant works directly for a company officer and has more authority to make decisions that affect the company.  Duties also include preparing research, managing correspondence, and communicating between the company officer and other parties.  This worker is a sort of gatekeeper who must understand the requirements and policies of the officer while knowing which events, meetings, or other issues are the most appropriate for the executive’s time and energy.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Richland College is a public, two-year community college located in Dallas, Texas. Richland is a part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). The school was founded in 1972 and is currently the largest school in the DCCCD. Richland helps students build their future through courses that can be applied to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, one- or two-year certificates in a number of career fields, and training in the latest technology for students who want to advance in their current careers.

    RC offers associate's degrees and career development certificates from the following departments:

    • Business
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
    • Mathematics, Science and Health Professions
    • Social Sciences
    • World Languages, Cultures and Communications

    RC offers a variety of day, evening, weekend, and online courses leading to over 100 degrees.


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