Administrative Office Professional and Office Assistant Programs

The Administrative Office Professional (AOP) and Office Assistant (OA) programs offer three paths for earning certificates or a degree in the rewarding career of an Administrative Assistant. You can complete the OA certificate only 18-credit hours, or add 15 hours for the 33-hour AOP certificate. You can also earn an Associates of Applied Studies in AOP with 63 credit hours.

Classes are offered on ground at the Technical Education Center (TEC) in Kansas City, Kansas; the Pioneer Center in Leavenworth; and at the main campus. The program can also be completed online, or with a combination of on ground and online classes.

2.0 (C) overall grade point average must be achieved in all coursework and a 2.0 (C) or better in all Business foundation and specialty courses.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the Business Department of Kansas City Kansas Community College meet the ACBSP established rigorous educational standards. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Degrees and Certificates

Office Assistant - Technical Certificate

Programs in the Business Administrative Technology cluster are designed to give students a well-rounded preparation for a career in an office by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to a continuously changing administrative work environment. These programs provide a variety of career options needed to become a valued member of a business office team.

In addition to program specific courses, general coursework in all these programs includes instruction in business communications, keyboarding, word processing, database management, spreadsheet management.

Office Assistant - Certificate

Administrative Office Professional - Certificate

Programs in the Business Administrative Technology cluster are designed to give students a well-rounded preparation for a career in an office by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to a continuously changing administrative work environment. These programs provide a variety of career options needed to become a valued member of a business office team.

In addition to program specific courses, general coursework in all these programs includes instruction in business communications, keyboarding, word processing, database management, spreadsheet management, and accounting.

Administrative Office Professional - Certificate

Administrative Office Professional - Associate in Applied Science

This two-year program prepares students for an administrative office professional's position. Besides possessing a mastery of office skills, the administrative office professional must know about business organization and policies which are included in the course of study. Enrollees must complete one semester of on-the-job training. Students who have scored 500 or higher on the CAP® Exam may receive academic credit hours from KCKCC. Contact the Administrative Office Professionals Coordinator for more information. Any deviation from the program must be approved by the Dean of Math, Science, Business and Technology.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

Administrative Office Professional - Associate in Applied Science

Microsoft Certification

KCKCC students have the option to take a Microsoft Office certification exam for free (a $99 savings). Test are available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Contact the AOP Coordinator, Kris Ball, for more details.

OPAC Certification

KCKCC OA and AOP students have the option to take OPAC (Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification) exams for free as evidence of their proficiency in office skills. Areas for testing include Windows, Office Suite, QuickBooks, Keyboarding, 10-Key, Filing, Proofreading, Bank Reconciliation, and others. Contact the AOP Coordinator, Kris Ball, for more details.

Earning Credits Through Nontraditional Studies

Have you earned a CAP® or CPS® certification from IAAP? If so, you can apply up to 31 credit hours for your AOP AAS degree at KCKCC—for FREE! Contact Kris Ball to learn more. 

Life Experience Learning Program

This program is designed for students who have received formalized and/or individualized training in a non-collegiate setting. If the learning experience is commensurate with the student's educational goals and existing curricular guidelines, college credit may be granted. We do not grant credit for living or for work experience that cannot be translated into some type of academic learning. Contact Kris Ball for more details.
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