2016-2017 Student Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2016-2017 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business: Administrative Assistant, A.A.S.

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Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code:           5005
SUNY Code:            1551
Major Code:            BAA

The Career

The changes in office technology have resulted in new and exciting opportunities within the office-support profession. Administrative assistants have a mastery of office and computer skills, an ability to assume responsibility, effective communication skills as well as an understanding of accounting and business fundamentals.

Administrative Assistant graduates easily obtain employment in career-related fields. They enter the job market with confidence and enthusiasm, knowing that their education has prepared them to undertake positions as office professionals.

The NCCC Approach

The Administrative Assistant program at NCCC allows a student the opportunity to obtain knowledge in the general office or medical office areas through a selection of electives that allows for flexible program content.

Office administration courses address the needs of the student who aspires to becoming a professional in any office environment. Courses such as Administrative Office Procedures, Accounting Principles I and Business Organization and Management prepare the graduate for an office environment that requires more administrative responsibilities.

Through courses such as Medical Terminology, Human Biology, Medical Billing, Medical Coding and Medical Office Procedures, graduates are prepared for employment in a physician’s office, hospital, clinic, medical laboratory, public health facility or medical department of a corporation.


Students admitted in fall, spring and summer.

Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring semester.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Become employable in entry-level positions
  • To assist students in meeting at least four or five of the 10 SUNY General Education requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Keyboard a minimum of 40-net words per minute
  • Compose written communication skills to communicate appropriately in the business office
  • Apply proofreading and listening skills for editing and transcribing business correspondence on the personal computer
  • Develop in-depth software application skills
  • Develop job readiness skills that include preparing a resume and cover letter, completing an application and communicating effectively in a job interview
  • Apply classroom skills in a work related setting
  • Produce formatted business documents using the personal computer and desktop items
  • Develop effective oral communication skills to communicate appropriately in the business office

Program Requirements (BAA)

  1. A total of at least 63-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Minimum passing grade for advancement in sequential keyboarding courses is “C.”
  3. Office Technologies: A minimum of 9-credit hours to include:
  4. Business Education: A minimum of 19-credit hours to include:
  5. Business Education-Related Electives: A minimum of 9-credit hours selected through advisement to explore one of the following areas:
    1. Office Administration
    2. Medical Office Administration
  6. Arts & Media: A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
  7. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2-credit hours.
  8. Humanities: A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
  9. Liberal Arts Elective: A minimum of 6-credit hours to be selected from the following General Education  areas: AR (Arts), H (Humanities), FL (Foreign Languages), M (Mathematics), NS (Natural Science).
  10. Mathematics/Sciences: A minimum of 3- or 4-credit hours by advisement:
      or a higher level math (MAT) course* OR
  11. Social Sciences: A minimum of 6-credit hours to be selected from two of the following General Education   areas: SS (Social Science), WC (Western Civilization), OW (Other World Civilizations) or AH (American History).


Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 16/17

Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

** An average grade of C or higher in OFT/CIS courses, BUS 101, BUS 229, ACC 116 and business-related electives; curriculum GPA of 2.0 or higher and enrollment in final semester.

*** Advanced placement in keyboarding is determined by a review and evaluation of the student’s high school and/or transfer records by the Office Technology faculty. A placement test may be requested.

**** Student must select if pursuing the Medical Office Administration area.

+ To challenge this course, a student must initiate the process with the coordinator of Office Technology no later than the end of the first week of classes.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.

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