Administrative - Office Assistant Certificate
The administrative major provides students with a wide range of skills covering all aspects of the office environment, from word processing and accounting to office procedures and customer service. Technology is an integral part of this program — students are trained with the latest software programs as they learn how to process and manage information efficiently.
Students can expect to work as office assistants, receptionists, administrative assistants, executive assistants, personal assistants or secretaries in private companies, business and government offices, and non-profit associations. This program prepares graduates to work in many diverse areas and there are excellent career opportunities.
Office Assistant Certificate
School of Continuing Education
For more than 44 years the Office Assistant program has been providing quality graduates. Today’s office assistants are highly accomplished software experts who use their skills to help other staff get the most from a computerized office. In addition, office assistants are involved in managing the organizational affairs of their areas that include handling public enquiries, managing computer and paper files, organizing schedules, arranging meetings of senior staff, as well as providing strong customer service and problem-solving skills.
The Office Assistant program is ideal as a foundation for other careers or as a complement to prior training and experience. It runs for 10 months from September until June, ending with a field placement. It is a comprehensive program that offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of the following three majors:
The program is well suited for individuals with strong organizational skills, an attention for details, familiarity with computers and software, a professional manner, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Graduates are often required to work independently and in a team environment, so students who are positive and self-motivated do exceptionally well. The program has built a solid reputation with employers, resulting in a job placement rate near 100 per cent.
Program of Study
|ENGL 102 |
or WRIT 101
|Analysis and Argument |
or First Year Writing
|OAAS 110||Administrative Office Procedures I||3|
|OAAS 111||Office Technology I||3|
|OADM 112||Customer Communications and Service I||3|
|OADM 113||Document Formatting I||3|
|OADM 124||Office Math Applications||1|
|ACCT 100||Introduction to Accounting and Computerized Accounting Applications||3|
|OAAS 120||Administrative Office Procedures II||3|
|OAAS 121||Office Technology II||3|
|OAAS 127||Presentations and Web Pages||3|
|OADM 122||Customer Communications and Service II||3|
|OADM 123||Document Formatting II||3|
|OAAS 130||Administrative Office Procedures III and Field Placement||3|
|OAAS 131||Office Technology III||3|
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
|Credit Earned in:||May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:|
|ACCT 111||ACCT 100|
|ENGL 211||OADM 112|
|FNCE 113||OADM 124|
|MGMT 122||OAAS 110|
|OAMS 128||OADM 124|