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Administrative Support Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Learning skills that are valued in every field

Internship opportunities ensure many students graduate with experience in the field – and jobs

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By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for administrative assistants will grow by 13.2 percent.

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology provides students with an array of skills in preparation for work as administrative assistants, executive assistants or office managers in fields such as business, government, health care and education.

The curriculum offers a solid foundation in basic administrative skills training with advanced training needed in today's high-tech offices. Class instruction reflects a professional environment as students work independently on assignments and prompts designed to provide hands-on training. Students are also required to complete a 90-hour internship to gain real-world experience working in the administrative support field.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Students in this program can qualify to sit for exams including Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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90-hour internship provides real-world learning

Students may choose a cooperative education option in which they earn academic credit while gaining work experience at local sites

A variety of online course offerings makes it easier to fit the program into your busy schedule

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Learning administrative skills that have value in every field

Faculty

Once upon a time she worked at 30 Rock. Now she’s a TCC instructor

Faculty

“This is a program that teaches you how to deal with people,” says program head Debra Wells.

What does this program cost?

You can earn a 2-year associate degree for the price of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, which can be taken at any campus. If your schedule doesn't permit full-time study, you can take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
65 credits x $181.10 per credit = $11,771.50 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

The associate degree prepares you for immediate entry into the workforce. Some students also pursue bachelor’s degrees from Old Dominion University’s business school and Norfolk State University’s business school. See all transfer agreements

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • like problem solving
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working with computers