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Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3400, Program Site, E-mail: apt@nscc.edu

The Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate is intended to provide entry-level skills for a person wishing to begin a career as an administrative professional. The Technical Certificate provides an alternative to students who choose not to pursue the Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Professional Technology.

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skill development in software applications.
  • Perform electronic and routine office procedures.
  • Prepare documents pertinent to an office environment.
  • Explain proper management protocol for office files.
  • Demonstrate use of specialty vocabulary through effective office communication.
  • Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Receptionist
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistant


The certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward the Nashville State A.A.S. degree in Administrative Professional Technology – Business Office Pathway. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.

Course Requirements

Recommended Schedule


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

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 instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


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