Administrative Support Technology Associates Degree
Purpose: The Administrative Support Technology (AST) program is designed to prepare individuals for employment immediately upon completion of the community college curriculum. Individuals who are seeking employment in an office position and those who are seeking promotion may benefit from this curriculum.
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Administrative Support Technology program requires proficiency in English and reading skills. Deficiencies can be made up through the College's developmental studies program. Students who have completed training in advanced keyboarding may receive college credit for their skills.
Program Requirements: The curriculum combines instruction in the many areas required for competence as an administrative assistant in business, government, industry, law offices, medical offices, and other organizations. The curriculum includes courses in administrative support technology, general education, courses in related areas, and electives. Students may be required to repeat keyboarding courses in which grades lower than “C” are received. Students are urged to consult with their faculty adviser in planning their programs. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester curriculum, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Technology with a major in Administrative Support Technology.
|Course Number||Course Title||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Course Credits|
|AST 101||Keyboarding I||4||0||4|
|ISR 130||Principles of Insurance||3||0||3|
|MKT 170||Customer Service||2||0||2|
|ENG 111*||College Composition I||3||0||3|
|MTH 151||Mathematics for Liberal Arts I||3||0||3|
|SDV 100||College Success Skills||1||0||1|
|AST 102||Keyboarding II||4||0||4|
|AST 234||Records & Database Mgmt.||3||0||3|
|ITE 140||Spreadsheet Software||3||0||3|
|PSY 120||Human Relations||3||0||3|
|ITE 115||Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts||3||0||3|
|ACC 211||Principles of Accounting||4||0||4|
|LGL 110||Intro to Law & Legal Assistant||3||0||3|
|AST 243||Office Administration I||3||0||3|
|AST 205||Business Communications||3||0||3|
|Elective||Approved Technical Elective***||3||0||3|
|ACC 124||Payroll Accounting||3||0||3|
|AST 244||Office Administration II||3||0||3|
|AST 107||Editing/Proofreading Skills||3||0||3|
|AST 290/298||Coord. Intern. Adm. Sup. Tech./Seminar & Project in Admn. Support Tech.||0||5||3|
Total Minimum Credits for Administrative Support Technology Major 65
*Students who do not wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree in Administrative Support Technology may substitute ENG 101-102 for ENG 111-112.
**Humanities/Fine Arts: Students may choose from the following courses: Philosophy, Religion, Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, and Foreign Languages.
***See Advisor for course alternatives
Administrative Support Technology (AST)
- Time to Complete: 2 years (full-time/4 semesters)
- Minimum Credits: 65
- Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
- Distance Learning Option: Yes
- Eligible for Financial Aid: Yes
- Program Code: 298-01
- Administrative Support Technology Advising Sheet (pdf)
- Employment: 2016 Median Pay and Growth Information Office and Administrative Support Occupations (OOH)
The associate’s degree in administrative support technology includes courses in:
records management, human relations, accounting, law and legal assistance, and business communications.
Upon completing the administrative support technology associate’s degree, you’ll be qualified for employment as a(n):
- Administrative Assistant
- Administrative Secretary
- Clerical Supervisor
- Executive Secretary
- Office Manager
- Office Services Specialist
- Related Office Occupation
- Word Processing Technician