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Administrative Professional - Associate Degree

Administrative Professional students learn to be efficient and effective office employees through application of business procedures--proofreading, telephone usage, records management, meeting and travel arrangements, communication, and project management. Students learn integrated, advanced software skills including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, personal information management, and databases.

Program Code: 101066
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Area of Study: Business

Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $10,390, Books: $1,303, Supplies: $25

Total Approximate Costs

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Office Professional, 311061

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Business Professional Essentials, 611061

Business Software Essentials, 611062


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Administrative Professional Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 61
  • Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in English Composition 1 in order to progress.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective workplace communications.
  • Apply technology skills to business and administrative tasks.
  • Perform routine administrative procedures.
  • Manage administrative projects.
  • Maintain business relationships.
  • Model professionalism in the workplace.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 50% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC 2019 Grad Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Administrative Professional/Coordinator: schedules appointments, communicates effectively in person, on the phone, and in writing, prepares agendas, takes minutes, coordinates events, organizes travel plans, maintains confidentiality, uses software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, personal information management, desktop publishing, and databases.
  • Event Coordinator: plans and organizes special events including product launches, incentive programs, banquets, meetings, conferences and conventions; pays attention to detail and has good communication skills.
  • Front Desk Coordinator: manages the company’s lobby area; greets and directs all visitors, including vendors, clients, job candidates and customers; ensures completion of paperwork, sign-in and security procedures; handles special administrative projects as well as overflow work from department and executive assistants; depending on the size of the firm, also may answer incoming calls.
  • Office/Facilities Manager: coordinates various office support services, including purchasing and facilities management. Requires strong communication skills and some accounting knowledge. May include supervision of office administrative staff.
  • Project Coordinator: works with internal and external parties to organize the various components needed to initiate, run and conclude projects. Duties include coordinating schedules and activities, placing orders for supplies and services, and tracking progress and results. Requires excellent communication skills and extensive knowledge of database and project management software. Often reports to product development, project management or marketing executives.
  • Virtual Assistant: works virtually to provide office support services such as making customer contacts, writing reports, editing documents, setting up and maintaining databases, handling billing and bookkeeping, and updating websites.

Employment opportunities with additional education

  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Trainer/Instructor
  • Team Leader
  • Administrative Professional Certifications, such as certification for the Administrative Professional and IAAP
  • All software courses assist in preparing students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams.

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

ACBSP - World Headquarters

11520 West 119th Street

Overland Park, KS 66213

Phone: (913) 339-9356

Industry Credentials

Certifications such as IAAP and Certification for the Administrative Professional may be obtained with additional education.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.

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Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.