Bakersfield College

Administrative Office Assistant

Associate in Arts

The Administrative Office programs are designed to provide the skills and competencies needed to become an efficient, productive member of an office support team. Courses are designed to help students learn to analyze and coordinate office duties and systems, develop proficiency in the use of integrated software, and improve oral and written communication. Emphasis is placed on nontechnical as well as technical skills. Students have the option of completing certificates and/or a two-year degree program. Designed to prepare the student for employment as office support staff to assist managers, executives, and professionals.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts 
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Administrative Office Assistant Associate in Arts degree.

To Transfer Coursework 
A minimum of 30-32 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes 
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate minimum acceptable skill levels in ten-key, keyboarding, and document processing.
  • interact effectively in oral and written communication.
  • participate in office related work experience to achieve the following desirable job qualities:
    • function as a team member.
    • demonstrate interpersonal skills on the job.
    • manage multi-tasks efficiently.
    • model professional and ethical behaviors.
    • identify soft skills such as being on time.
    • demonstrate minimum filing competencies.

Total Units: 30-32


Required Courses

Course Number Title Units
BSAD B252ABC Computer Keyboarding, Parts 1-2-3 3.0
BSAD B253ABC Document Processing, Parts 1-2-3 3.0
BSAD B287 Filing 1.5
BSAD B85/B285 Business English 3.0
BSAD B88 Office Procedures 3.0
BSAD B5 Human Relations/People Skills 3.0
COMP B5 Introduction to Microsoft Office 3.0
BSAD B53A Introduction to Accounting I 3.0
BSAD B264 Ten-Key Proficiency 0.5
BSAD B280 Machine Transcription 1.5
  -or-  
WEXP B248 Occupational Work Experience Education 1-3.0
BSAD B20 Introduction to Business 3.0
BSAD B65 Principles of Organizational Communication 3.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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