Office Technology - Office Administrative Assistant

Get the technical and interpersonal skills you need for the best administrative assistant jobs.

Talented office personnel are always in high demand. With an office administrative assistant A.A.S. degree from Monroe Community College, you'll have a well-rounded skill set that makes a strong impression in the job market.

You'll become proficient in state-of-the-art office technology such as advanced accounting software and multimedia tools, while developing strong written and verbal communication skills.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to interview for jobs like these:

  • Secretary
  • Administrative assistant
  • Executive secretary
  • Legal secretary
  • Medical secretary
  • Word processor
  • Typist
  • Receptionist and information clerk

This versatile degree will equip you to provide valuable office support in almost any industry, including these high-paying job sectors:

  • Health care
  • Law
  • Business

Advance Faster as an Administrative Assistant When You Know Computers and People

The office technology - office administrative assistant associate degree program prepares you to enter the job market in just two years. You'll soon have an impressive list of skills to put on your resume.

This program, part of the information and computer technologies department, places heavy emphasis on computer skills. You'll also develop strong interpersonal communication, an essential facet of earning promotion to supervisory and managerial positions.

Administrative assistants with superior technical and communication skills are in high-demand at employers like these:

  • Harter Secrest & Emory
  • Xerox
  • Arc of Monroe County
  • University of Rochester
  • Bene-Care, Inc.
  • Unity Health
  • Rochester Regional Health System

To learn more about the office technology ‑ office administrative assistant associate degree program from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Information and Computer Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

CIP Code: 52.0401
MCC Program Code: OF02
NYSED Code (BRI): 01222

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This degree program is designed to provide students with a broad background in business terminology and high levels of proficiency in computer skills that will enable them to perform successfully in diverse office support positions. This degree is designed to provide a core background in developing skills for technology, decision making, human relations, communications, and office management.

If an Intent to Graduate form is submitted five years after a student's completion of OFT 201, OFT 170, OFT 171, or OFT 173, the department reserves the right to withhold credit until the student has demonstrated competency in these courses.
(Housed in the Information and Computer Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Demonstrate the soft skills needed to be successful as an administrative assistant (office support) which may include: punctuality acceptance of personal responsibility teamwork skills expressing a positive attitude under stress effective customer service skills or other related skills.
2) Demonstrate effective oral communication skills both in person and on the telephone.
3) Write effectively in an office environment in a variety of modes.
4) Exhibit proficiency in using a variety of current office-based software which may include: desktop publishing applications spreadsheets databases word processing or computer-based technologies.
5) Express themselves professionally in a business environment using well-established rules of proper grammar and sentence construction.
6) Transcribe messages as required on the job.
7) Apply fundamentals of basic business mathematics to workplace needs.
8) Apply fundamentals of basic accounting to workplace needs.
9) Describe the role of an office support staff professional and the contribution of that professional to the success of the whole office environment.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 3 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
ENG 250 Professional Communication OR
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication OR
SPC 142 Public Speaking OR
SPC 143 Small Group Communication
MTH 130 Modern Business Mathematics or higher3
OFT 110 Keyboarding3
OFT 141 Grammar for Professionals4
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I OR
ACC 110 Fundamentals of Accounting I AND ACC 111 Fundamentals of Accounting II*
BUS 135 Supervising for Quality 3
OFT 111 Intermediate Word I 3
OFT 170 Spreadsheet Applications-Excel 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
OFT 112 Advanced Word II3
OFT 171 Microsoft Access 3
OFT 173 Microsoft Multimedia Communications3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
OFT 201 Advanced Word II2
OFT 202 Office Simulations2
OFT 214 Administrative Office Procedures4
OFT 240 Office Transcription3
OFT 270 Office Seminar2
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