The Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate is intended to provide entry-level skills for a person wishing to begin a career in office administration. The Technical Certificate provides an alternative to students who choose not to pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Administration.
Graduates of this program should be able to:
Perform office tasks using the leading office application software;
Apply time management skills effectively by managing multiple projects and priorities;
Play a vital role in a successful management team as an administrative assistant in a business environment;
Efficiently prepare business documents according to commonly accepted grammar and format standards;
Effectively integrate information from multiple sources that allows for appropriate decision making;
Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and
Exhibit responsible behavior and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical behavior.
The certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward the Nashville State A.A.S. degree in Office Administration-Business Office Professional Concentration. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.
Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students demonstrate the appropriate skill levels before enrolling in college-level courses. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determines whether a student needs to enroll in Learning Support courses in reading, writing, and/or math. After completing the required Learning Support course(s), a student may enroll in college-level courses.
Cooperative work experience can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work. Co-op courses may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the Program Coordinator. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.