Administrative Office Specialist
1050 hours (approximately 10 months – full time)
Traditional – 100% classroom based
Distance – 50% or more instructional hours via distance education (online).
Days & Times:
Monday – Friday 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. (full time)
Monday – Friday 7:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. (part time)
Blended Distance (with mandatory on-campus labs):
Distance – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
On-campus Lab – Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
100% Distance (with mandatory virtual weekly labs):
Distance – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Virtual Lab – Tuesday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Students will be prepared for employment as an Administrative Assistant, Administrative Specialist, Front Desk Specialist, and Information Technology Assistant. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the administrative assistant. The content includes the use of technology to develop communication skills, higher-level thinking skills, and decision making skills; the performance of office procedures tasks; the production of quality work in an efficient manner using advanced features of business software applications; administrative/financial functions; production of desktop publishing quality documents; exploration of new technologies; research of job opportunities; and the production of high quality employment portfolios and job-seeking documents.
After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform office procedures and tasks, computer applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, and manual and computerized accounting activities using QuickBooks, Excel, and various other software packages.
Additional Skills Covered:
- Accounting Theory
- Adobe Acrobat
- Business Fundamentals
- Communication Skills
- Computer Literacy
- Digital Publishing
- Document Processing
- Employability Skills and Portfolio
- Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy Development
- Microsoft Office 2016
- Supervisory Procedures
Industry Certification & State Credential Exams
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry certification, students may be awarded credits toward an Associate Degree by Broward College or the Florida College System. Students must enroll within two (2) years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry certifications.
Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for Administrative Assistants is expected to grow 3%* between 2014 and 2024
- Entry level wages are about $11/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of