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 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, COMPASS 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.