Program Overview

Rochester Community and Technical College offers an Administrative Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree which provides extensive training in communications, current applications software, and other office-related technology. This program prepares students to perform tasks and duties of an administrative assistant and/or secretary by developing the individual’s office skills and knowledge that is valued by today’s employers. This online based program consists of 61 credit hours and can be completed in at least two years. Full- and part-time schedules are available for courses and can be started any semester.

Students enrolled in the Administrative Assistant Associate in Applied Science program at Rochester Community and Technical College are required to complete Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) General Education requirements, Rochester Community and Technical College General Education requirements, and Professionally-Related Business requirements. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum General Education requirements are classified into six goals. These goals include courses in the following categories: Written and Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Natural Sciences or Mathematics/Logical Reasoning, History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Humanities-the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy.

This program has been designed with extra general education requirements for students who may want to transfer to another program/institution. Courses that supplement computer/information literacy and career/personal development are also required by this program. These classes include Word Processing I, Internet Applications, Introduction to Windows, and Employment Strategies. The Professionally-Related Business courses required for this program include Human Relations in Organizations, Machine Transcription, Quality Issues for Business Transcription, Information Resource Management, Business Communications, Office Procedures, Word Processing II, Computer Voice Technology, Customer Service Skills and Concepts, Internship II, Developing Electronic Portfolio, Introduction to Business, Microcomputer Business Applications, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook.

This program also requires two elective credits, which can be fulfilled by taking two of any of the following one-credit classes: Computer Basics, Keyboarding for Computers, Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy, and Planning and Forecasting Based on Customer Service.

Students who enter this program must be proficient in keyboarding by typing at least 35 words per minute. Enrolled students who do not meet this requirement are encouraged to enter a keyboarding course. Keyboarding course BTEC 1050  will not count towards credits required to complete the program.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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

    School Overview

    Rochester Community and Technical College is a public, 2-year institution of higher learning located in the town of Rochester, Minnesota. The school was founded in 1915 and is the oldest public 2-year institution in the state of Minnesota. RCTC is now a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System that serves the needs for higher education in Minnesota.

    RCTC offers associate's degrees, diplomas, and certificates, many of which can be earned completely online.

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