Administrative Assistant Certificate

Administrative Assistant Certificate at Harper College

Learn word processing, spreadsheet, and other administrative software

Program Facts business icon


  • Credit hours: 17
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: Administrative assistant, customer service representative, office manager

Prepare for a position as a business office administrative assistant with this 17-credit- hour certificate program. Get an introduction to advanced and integrated word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software along with Internet tutorials on Web browsing and e-mail. You’ll also learn computer skills, business management principles and business writing techniques. This program is the second in a two-certificate sequence (following the Office Assistant Certificate).

Take classes in business software packages, word processing/spreadsheet/presentation software, computer and digital literacy, computer information systems, business organization and more. All courses are taught by multidisciplinary faculty who are experts in their fields. Many courses are offered online or in blended formats, giving you added flexibility.

Getting a certificate program is a convenient and affordable way to earn college credit and test out career paths that might be a good fit for you. Harper College features three large open computer labs that are staffed with certified IT Student Support Assistants who can assist with select coursework. You can also get additional experience outside the classroom by participating in a variety of student organizations.

Certificate program requirements

This 17 credit-hour certificate program prepares students for positions as business office administrative assistants. Students are introduced to advanced word processing and spreadsheets, to use of the Internet including Web browsing and e-mail, and to the integrated use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Students are also introduced to computer skills and business management principles and to business writing. This certificate is the second in a two-certificate sequence: Office Assistant and Administrative Assistant.

Number Course Title Credits
CAS 105 1,2 and

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular word processing package. Includes editing, formatting, creating tables and outlines and merging data.

CAS 115 1,2 and

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular spreadsheet package. Includes creating, editing and formatting worksheets; working with formulas, functions and charts.

CAS 125 1,2 or

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular database package. Includes creating databases, tables and table relationships, maintaining an querying databases, and creating forms and reports.

CAS 160 1-3

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of currently popular software packages or suites. Includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software and the integration of these applications.

CAS 135 1 1

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular business presentation package. Includes editing, formatting, themes, slide masters and presentation effects.

CAS 205 1 1

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular advanced word processing package. Includes document sharing, advanced content formatting, references, mail merge, forms and macros.

Prerequisite: CAS 105 or CAS 160 with a grade of C or better.

CAS 215 1 1

Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular advanced spreadsheet package. Includes workbook sharing, advanced content formatting, data importing, filtering, charting, pivot tables, forms and macros.

Prerequisite: CAS 115 or CAS 160 with a grade of C or better.

CAS 290 1 2

Description: Provides students the opportunity to integrate skills introduced in preceding CAS courses, through multi-task projects and case studies reflective of the current business office environment. Also provides a foundation for business office skills including time and workload management, records management, interpersonal skills, communication skills and leadership.

Prerequisite: CAS 125 and CAS 135 with grades of C or better AND CAS 205 and CAS 215 with grades of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

CIS 100 or

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computers in society and digital literacy. Includes computer hardware and operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, networking, Internet usage, communication and collaboration, computer safety and ethics. This course is not intended for computer information system majors.

CIS 101 3

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computer and information systems used in business environments. Includes computer hardware and operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database management software, networking and Internet, information systems, programming concepts, and computer security and ethics. IAI BUS 902

ENG 130 3 3

Description: Teaches formal and psychological aspects of business correspondence. Introduction to various kinds of business letters, memoranda and reports. Improvement of grammar, spelling and word usage.

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

MGT 111 3

Description: Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

1,2 - This course is included in the Office Assistant certificate. Students may take CAS 105, 115 and 125 OR CAS 160 to satisfy this requirement.

1 - This course is included in the Office Assistant certificate.

3 - Placement test scores required.

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Next steps

For more information about administrative assistant courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.