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Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant

Penn Foster College's online Administrative Assistant Career Diploma Program is designed to help prepare students to provide administrative support to managers, executive, and other professionals in a variety of settings. Read on for more details about this program.

Official Program Name:

Administrative Assistant Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster College

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

The Administrative Assistant Career Diploma Program offered by Penn Foster College is intended to help students build an understanding of administrative assistant responsibilities, office procedures, and computer and other technological systems used in office settings. In the nine required courses that make up this program, students could expect to learn about meeting planning procedures, types of filing systems, office communication systems, bookkeeping processes such as billing and banking deposits, and the use of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A course is also offered to help students strengthen writing skills, with a focus on spelling, punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction, revising, and source documenting. This online program is designed to develop students' communication, time management, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for an Administrative Assistant Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Administrative Assistant
  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Administrative Office Procedures
  • Filing and Records Management
  • Technologies in the Workplace
  • Business English
  • Computer Applications
  • Bookkeeping and Office Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster College's Administrative Assistant Career Diploma program could choose to further develop their skillset and understanding of office procedures and administrative responsibilities by entering an associate degree program. A 2-year degree program might expand career choices for graduates and might be required by some companies even for entry-level administrative assistant positions.

Associate degree options for graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration
  • Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology

Career Paths:

Once they have completed Penn Foster College's Administrative Assistant Career Diploma Program, students may be equipped with the skills to handle clerical tasks and administrative support in a variety of professional settings, including corporations, schools, government offices, and nonprofit agencies. They might be ready to use office technologies, apply basic bookkeeping techniques, file paperwork, and maintain records systems.