West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Executive Administrative Assistant A.A.S.

Executive Administrative Assistant Business Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Executive Administrative Assistant Option will prepare students with the appropriate skills for employment in today’s offices. General education requirements and specialized course options will enable students to apply current office/business skills, computer applications, and decision-making techniques.
Students selecting this program will be given training on current computer applications and current office procedures needed to help run today’s offices. Graduates of this program can obtain employment in various businesses such as state/federal government agencies, corporate regional offices, educational institutions, medical facilities, banks, law offices, and social agencies.
Occupations available for students completing program requirements include the following: administrative assistant, secretary, office manager, word processing supervisor, lead secretary, office and administrative support supervisor, and administrative technology specialist. Students completing the competencies in the following courses should be prepared to pursue Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in the following areas:

    •    Microsoft Office I and II - Microsoft Certified Application Specialist:
    •    Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is recognized as the standard for demonstrating desktop skills.

Upon completion of the Executive Administrative Assistant Option, graduates will be
able to:

  • Create business documents using word processing software
  • Transcribe mailable documents
  • Create various types of business documents using spreadsheet and presentation software
  • Compose various types of business correspondence applying appropriate writing techniques, accurate spelling, correct punctuation, and proper grammar
  • Apply current office/business procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication and mathematical skills
  • Create promotional items such as brochures, newsletters, flyers, letterheads, etc., using document design and layout principles
  • Integrate electronic office/business skills with decision-making skills
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the accounting cycle
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of records management principles and filing procedures in maintaining business documents
  • Apply experiences learned through a business internship

The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow this sequence should check course descriptions in this catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they take courses.


 First Year—Fall Semester

Course                                                                     Cr. Hours
ACC 122 Principles of Accounting I        3
MATH 109 Math of Business & Finance        3
CIT 120 Microsoft Word I        3
ENG 101 College Composition I        3
PSYC 155 Human Relations        3

First Year—Spring Semester

Course                                                                    Cr. Hours
ACC 123 Principles of Accounting II        3
CIT 107 Excel        3
CIT 121 Microsoft Word II        3
ECON 105 Principles of Microeconomics        3
MKT 230 Principles of Marketing        3

Second Year—Fall Semester

Course                                                                  Cr. Hours

ACC 205 Cost Managerial Accounting
ACC 224 Intermediate Accounting

BA 240 Business Law I        3
CIT 159 Microsoft Publisher        3
MGT 250 Principles of Management*        3
PAL 110 Legal Ethics
PAL 100 Drafting Legal Documents#

Second Year—Spring Semester

Course                                                               Cr. Hours
ACC 222 Computerized and Payroll Accounting        3
BA 241 Business Law II        3
BA 265 Business Communications        3
BA 280 Business Internship        3
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Comm.        3

Total Hours in Program—60
#Students may substitute any BA or CIT course for the PAL course.
*Students who desire to work in a business office should take MGT 250 and any three-hour course in accounting, business administration, computers and information technology, economics, management, marketing, or paralegal for the business elective.

#Students who desire to work in a legal office should take PAL 100 and PAL 110.

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