CATALOG: Administrative Support Technology Certificate

Length: 2 Semesters


The Administrative Support Technology Certificate is designed to train persons for full-time employment in an office-related environment. With the rapid growth of industry and business in Virginia, there is a steady demand for qualified administrative assistants in this region.

Occupational Objectives

Administrative Assistant, Clerical Assistant; Data Entry Technician; Receptionist, Data Entry Keyer; Office Clerk/General Word Processor.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English, mathematics, and reading. Students who do not meet entry requirements, or whose placement test scores indicate a need for further preparation, will be placed in the appropriate developmental studies courses in English, mathematics, and/or reading.

These developmental course credits do not apply toward degrees or certificates. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete any program.

Program Requirements

Administrative Support Technology is a one-year program combining instruction in the many subject areas required for competence in administrative support for business, government, industry and other organizations.

Approximately one half of the program will include courses in administrative systems, with the remaining courses in related subjects and general education. Students who receive a grade lower than “C” in any Administrative Support (AST) class may be required to repeat the course and to earn a grade of “C” or higher before registering for the next course in the sequence. Students successfully completing this program are awarded a Certificate in Administrative Support Technology.


First Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
MTH Any MTH level 100 or higher 3 0 3
AST 141 Word Processing 3 0 3
AST 243 Office Administration 3 0 3
ITE 100 Introduction to Information Systems 3 0
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Semester Total 16 0 16
Second Semester
Course # Title Lecture Lab Credit
BUS 236 Communication in Management1 3 0 3
ACC 105 Office Accounting 3 0 3
AST 260 Presentation Software 3 0 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3 0 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 0 15

Total Minimum Credits: 31

1 May replace with an approved transfer course in place of this non-transfer course.

Last modified on 08-01-2019