Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate provides entry-level skills for students seeking a career in office administration. Students gain proficiency in keyboarding and computer operation using leading office application software, as well as excellence in spelling, punctuation, and grammar for the preparation of documents and presentations. The program emphasizes the time management skills needed to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities, and the oral communication skills required to play a vital role in a successful management team. Administrative Assistant program graduates are equipped with the office and management skills necessary to become productive and responsible leaders in today’s workplace.

Earn a One-Year Technical Certificate or a Two-Year A.A.S. Degree
The Computer Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)The Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate is a 30 credit-hour program that can be completed in one year. All of the required Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate courses can be applied toward the Nashville State Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Administration - Business Office Professional Concentration if students choose to continue their education. Students who plan to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult their advisors about articulation options. The Office Administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Consumer Information: Gainful Employment Disclosures

Administrative Assistant Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Advising Sheet Archives

 

2014–2015 Advising Sheets

Technical Certificate
Administrative Assistant

Office Administration AAS Degree
Business Office Concentration

 

2013–2014 Advising Sheets

Technical Certificate
Administrative Assistant

Office Administration AAS Degree
Business Office Concentration

 

Program Skills and Career Opportunities

The Administrative Assistant Technical Certificate is intended to provide entry-level skills for a person wishing to begin a career 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.
  • Exhibit responsible behavior and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical behavior.

Career Opportunities

  • Receptionist
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistant

Career Services and Cooperative Education

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

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. For more information about cooperative work experience opportunities, please visit the Career Services Office Web site, phone 615-353-3248, or e-mail careerservices@nscc.edu.
 

Program Faculty

Beverly Collins, Associate Professor, 615-353-3772
B.B.A., Office Administration, Belmont University, 1994
M.B.E., Business Education, Middle Tennessee State University, 1995


Barbara M. Gershowitz, Associate Professor, 615-353-3501
BS, Middle Tennessee State University, 1974
Certified Public Accountant, 1980
MS, Middle Tennessee State University, 1983


Karen Kendrick, Associate Professor, 615-353-3720
B.B.A., Business and Accounting, University of Montevallo, 1978
M.B.E., Business Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, 2002
Tennessee Teacher’s License, 2004
MOS Master, 2003

Contact Information

E-mail: office.admin@nscc.edu
Program Office: 615-353-3400

Barbara Gershowitz, Associate Professor
Phone: 615-353-3501

Beverly Collins, Associate Professor
Phone: 615-353-3772

Karen Kendrick, Associate Professor
Phone: 615-353-3720

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Advising Sheets

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Technical Certificate
Administrative Assistant

Office Administration AAS Degree
Business Office Professional Concentration

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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