SUNY Jefferson

Office Technologies - Administrative Assistant AAS

Program Type: Career
Delivery: On-campus 
Personal Interests: Organization, clerical
Skills development: Business support, word processing, communication
Career Options: Business, government
Program Code: HEGIS 5005

Seek a career business office setting

Jefferson’s Office Technologies-Administrative Assistant A.A.S. program is designed to prepare you for administrative and clerical support roles in virtually all business and office settings.

You will learn so many tasks that will make you very valuable to your current or future employer, from composing correspondence, preparing itineraries, recording meeting minutes, collecting data and performing research, generating reports, maintaining budgets, applying accounting principles, and supervising and training office employees.

This program offers:

  • Solid foundation of office and administrative tasks
  • Hands-on practice with software you’ll need for on-the-job success
  • Excellent internship opportunities to make connections
  • Education that leads to managerial opportunities

Prepare for an administrative role in any business

Work in the business world by providing assistance to executives by coordinating and directing office services, such as staff assignments, records management, budget control, and special management studies.

Specific careers include administrative assistant, office manager, executive secretary, and other administrative professional positions. A growing number of administrative assistants share in managerial and human resource responsibilities and handle computer applications for presentations, spreadsheets, and database management.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the administrative, office, and clerical support category is one of the largest occupational areas. Opportunities for you are best with extensive software application knowledge. 

Become an expert in an office setting

Complete the Office Technologies-Administrative Assistant A.A.S. degree and you will be able to:

  • Draft business correspondence, which includes letters, interoffice memos, forms, reports, and tables
  • Create travel itineraries and expense reports for management
  • Use of a variety of prevailing Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, and Outlook
  • Develop communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, emphasizing managerial and leadership ability as well as team work
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter, completing an application and communicating effectively in a job interview
  • Assess business situations from a manager’s perspective

Start work right away or continue on

Although the program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce after completing the associate's degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue a bachelor's degree. Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed transfer agreements that can help you transfer smoothly.

Another formal agreement exists with Jefferson-Lewis BOCES to offer credit for an Office Technology course: OFC 245 Medical Terminology.

Degree requirements for Office Technologies - Administrative Assistant A.A.S

Office Technologies Core Requirements (17 credit hours)

OFC 122: Intermediate Keyboarding1
OFC 126: Business Communications 
OFC 211: Administrative Software Applications 
OFC 222: Integrated Business Applications 
OFC 226: Administrative Correspondence 
OFC 275: Office Technologies Internship 

Administrative Assistant Core Requirements (9 credit hours)

OFC 225: Administrative Support Services 
BUS 228: Administrative Office Management 
Business Elective (Chosen from ACC, BUS, ECO and OFC) 

Business Core Requirements (15 credit hours)

ACC 100: Office Accounting or ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 
BUS 116: Applied Business Mathematics2
BUS 125: Managing Information in the Workplace 
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 
Business/CIS Elective (Chosen from ACC, BUS, CIS, ECO and OFC)

Liberal Arts/Math & Sciences Requirements (21 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
Liberal Arts Electives 
Science Elective 
Science or Math Elective 
Social Science Elective 
STA 151: Public Speaking or STA 161: Interpersonal Communication 

TOTAL 62 credit hours

Advising Notes:
1In order to meet the requirements for OFC 122, Intermediate Keyboarding, students must have completed OFC 121, Beginning Keyboarding, or pass a proficiency exam. The proficiency exam will be scheduled by the Business Department prior to the beginning of classes each semester. Students will be required to pass a timed writing and complete a variety of business documents using Microsoft Word. 

2 May substitute appropriate mathematics course.

3Students must take OFC 157: Professional Development Seminar (1-credit) in the semester prior to their internship. This course, along with OFC 121: Beginning Keyboarding (2 credits) will fulfill this elective.

Note: Students planning to transfer to a SUNY school are encouraged to meet with their advisor to review appropriate selection of SUNY General Education courses. Transfer students should select one Natural Sciences elective, one Mathematics elective, and one Social Science elective from the approved General Education course listing. In addition, students should use the two Liberal Arts electives to select courses from two different categories under the remaining General Education requirements: American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, the Arts, and/or Foreign Language. 

Program contact

Stephanie Pierce
Assistant Professor of Office Technologies
(315) 786-6588

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522