AAS — Administrative Associate

With all types of companies needing administrative support, graduates who obtain their Administrative Associate AAS degree will have a wide variety of career opportunities to which they can match their personal interests and talents.

The Administrative Associate degree at Northwest Technical College will provide students with the computer knowledge, bookkeeping, business communication and secretarial skills they will need to succeed as an administrative assistant, executive secretary or office assistant.


Administrative assistant and associate positions — secretaries, receptionists, office assistant and office managers — are available in a wide variety of business, educational and governmental offices and often offer advancement opportunities into supervisory and management roles.

Next Steps

The Administrative Associate AAS is transferable in part toward the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration at Bemidji State University and in full to Mayville (N.D.) State University.

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
Required Courses
ECON 2204Markets & Resource Allocation3
ENGL 1111College Writing I3
PHIL 1201Ethics3
PSYC 1105General Psychology3
SPCH 1110Intro to Public Speaking3
ACCT 1100Principles of Bookkeeping3
ACCT 1000Financial Information for Life3
ADMS 1100Keyboarding I3
ADMS 1102Keyboarding II3
ADMS 1112Desktop Publishing/Presentation Graphics3
ADMS 1116Business Communications3
ADMS 1126Business Office Management3
ADMS 2124Advanced Micro Computer3
ADMS 2226Advanced Administrative Office Applications3
CPTR 1104Computerized Business Applications3
CTEC 1108E-Merging Technologies3
CRLT 1102Contemporary Career Search1
MKTG 1108Customer Relations Mgmt3
SUPL 1120Supervisory Leadership3
SUPL 1108Lead & Facilitate Teams3
 Technical Electives2
Total Credits: 60