Administrative Professional | Western Technical College

Administrative Professional

Associate of Applied Science

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Financial Aid Eligible

With the right skills and a positive attitude, you can be indispensable! As an administrative professional, you will have a variety of responsibilities to help an office run smoothly. You would be a good communicator with excellent computer skills who enjoys working with a variety of people, and willing to take on whatever challenges come your way. In this career, you could be planning events, creating presentations, making basic spreadsheets, formatting business correspondence, or training others on computers or software.

Students learn the latest office technology, develop communication skills, learn database and spreadsheet functions, and are introduced to basic business principles. Field experience is part of the curriculum.

Courses are offered in a traditional face-to-face environment, online format, through interactive distance learning, or a blend of the formats. You choose your educational experience.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Administrative Professional

This program will cost about $9,400* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Administrative Professional 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding7
Employed in Related Occupation6
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week41
Median Hourly Wage$14.50
Hourly Wage Range$12.00 - $20.57
Median Annual Salary$30,158

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Accounts Receivable Rep; Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse, WI
  • Administrative Support Specialist; Badger Corrugating, La Crosse, WI
  • Client Service Rep; Ciox Health, Beloit, WI
  • Military Payroll Technician; U.S. Army Reserve, Fort McCoy, WI
  • Office Manager; Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, Sparta, WI
  • Program Assistant; University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Administrative Assistant
Executive Secretary
Office Assistant
Office Associate/Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Demonstrate effective workplace communications
  • Apply technology skills to business and administrative tasks
  • Perform routine administrative procedures
  • Manage administrative projects
  • Manage internal and external relationships
  • Model professionalism in the workplace

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University
Winona State University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Administrative Professional

Career Pathways

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