Administrative Assistant

DEGREE TYPE: Associate of Applied Science     CREDITS: 60    LOCATION: Albert Lea, 100% Online   STARTS: Fall, Spring    COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters   

The Administrative Assistant degree is designed to develop technical and communications skills required in the office of today. The degree prepares you for success in all of these areas through coursework in office management, document production, computer technologies, and business communications. In addition, this program allows the flexibility to choose additional Minnesota Transfer Curriculum coursework to compliment your skills.

Administrative assistants typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
  • Schedule appointments and update event calendars
  • Arrange staff meetings
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Prepare memos, invoices, or other reports
  • Edit documents
  • Maintain databases and filing systems, whether electronic or paper
  • Perform basic bookkeeping

This "Laptop Advantage" program provides hands-on experience with computers, software programs, and other business machines used in a typical office environment. Riverland instructors have workplace experience in addition to excellent teaching credentials; and they stay in touch with the latest business technology and management techniques.

Additional Riverland distinctions include individual attention and smaller class sizes.

Business and Office Technology Mission Statement

The Business and Office Technology Department serves its students and communities in alignment with Riverland's mission by offering current office skills training while teaching the importance of lifelong learning and social responsibility. We strive to meet the needs of our communities through open communication with our students and advisory committees and by offering a supportive environment that provides accessibility to state-of-the-art technology while students acquire the technical, general education, and personal skills training that employers require.


Administrative Assistant degree is globally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Employment Outlook

Job Prospects

Many job openings are expected to come from the need to replace secretaries and administrative assistants who leave the occupation.

Those with a combination of related work experience and experience using computer software applications to perform word processing and create spreadsheets should have the best job prospects.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, 
on the Internet at (visited May 18, 2016).


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